Central Energy Plant at the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC)
- Location: Charleston, South Carolina, United States
- Year Completed: 2006
- End Use: Academic
- Architect: LS3P Associates, LTD - Charleston, SC
- Installer: American Warming and Ventilating - Holland, OH
- Owner: Medical University of South Carolina
MUSC prides itself on being a world-class teaching hospital and even the architecture needs to boast this distinction. The elegant nature of Cambridge Architectural mesh systems, combined with its high-tech function, result in a reliable and dynamic exterior cladding for the University’s energy plant and Bee Street parking garage. Serving MUSC students and employees, the Bee Street eight-level parking garage hosts 1,481 spaces in downtown Charleston, SC.
Specifically engineered for coastal environments subject to hurricane-force winds this Cambridge system includes the patented, Miami-Dade certified Velocity™ attachment hardware acting as a spring mechanism that allows the flexible mesh panels to absorb high wind loads - up to 150 mph - and then re-tension after the conditions have passed. The attachment can also be specified to protect buildings from debris in these conditions. The architectural mesh façade provides superior aesthetics without obstructing views or impeding airflow to the structure.
Cambridge tensioned architectural mesh systems are virtually indestructible and have acquired a Miami-Dade County Certificate of Competency by passing small missile impact tests. The virtual indestructibility and lifecycle of Cambridge’s metal fabric reduces maintenance costs, and assures that there will be no need for replacement materials.
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, including optimized energy performance, incorporation of recycled content, the facilitation of daylighting and new construction.