Bellagio Hotel and Casino
- Ray Mabry, Project Architect & Designer, HKS, Inc.
- Location: Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
- Year Completed: 2006
- End Use: Parking Garage
- Architect: HKS, Inc. - Dallas, Texas
- Installer: Beck Steel, Inc. – Lubbock, TX
- Owner: MGM Resorts International
Escalating expanses of Cambridge's woven metal mesh gradually rise up the sides of the Bellagio parking structure, illustrating in dramatic fashion how mesh can enhance traditional architecture and match the Bellagio's European style. At night, spotlights below illuminate the mesh panels with a brilliance rivaling any light show in Las Vegas.
While the Bellagio parking structure may be impossible to miss visually, the functionality of the Cambridge mesh system should not be overlooked. Cambridge's custom Stripe metal fabric pattern offers a 54% open area, consisting of large-scale, flexible open weaves that shade and screen the parking garage's interior. This open area allows daylight and air to pass through freely, removing automobile exhaust from the structure naturally. Once the sun sets and the lights come on, the mesh decreases headlight glare, reducing light pollution.
Combining stunning aesthetics and crucial functionality, the Cambridge solution eliminates the problem of sacrificing looks for performance. With the best of both worlds, Cambridge solutions save cost by offering an all-in-one system, complete with a full-service engineering department to assist in the design and installation process. Because the Eclipse™ attachment hardware uses tension to keep mesh panels in place, money that would otherwise be spent on extra hardware and installation time is saved. Additionally, woven metal mesh's open area allows fresh air to take the place of costly HVAC systems.
In addition to reducing a structure's energy consumption by eliminating the need for HVAC systems, Cambridge's stainless metal mesh requires little to no maintenance of the course of its extended lifecycle. Composed of high amounts of recycled metals, the mesh and attachment hardware is 100% recyclable. Cambridge Architectural is an active member of the USGBC®, and helps architects take maximum advantage of LEED credit through the many categories in which architectural mesh systems apply.