Georgia BioScience Training Center
- Nathan Williamson, Cooper Carry
- Location: Social Circle, Georgia, USA
- Year Completed: 2015
- Architect: Cooper Carry - Atlanta
- General Contractor: Whiting-Turner - Atlanta
- Installer: L&S Erectors, Inc. - Litchfield, Ohio
- Owner: Georgia Quick Start, a division of the technical college system of Georgia
Georgia BioScience Training Center supports research, technology transfer and workforce development critical to bio manufacturing in the state. The landmark building also serves as a leading edge incubator and recruitment tool for Georgia to lure firms in the global biosciences industry.
The majority of Georgia BioScience’s exterior is clad with custom-weaved rigid mesh from Cambridge Architectural. The stainless steel creates a distinctive, high tech design and at night, becomes a backdrop for a wall wash of LED lighting that glistens in a variety of colors.
Inside the building, Cambridge flexible mesh surrounds an open air, elliptical courtyard that is the initial vista when entering the facility. Mesh also screens the Center’s main conference room.
A total of 149 mesh panels – covering 10,900 square feet of the Center’s façade – provide a striking, state-of-the-art appearance while shading interior lobbies, classrooms and laboratories from the Georgia sun. Interior mesh curtains are used for solar shading and visual screening.
Cambridge Architectural applications always combine superior aesthetics with high-quality performance, while eliminating the need for additional materials. At Georgia BioScience, the mesh reduces solar heat gain to provide valuable energy savings. Mesh also contributes to LEED® points for incorporating recycled content – Cambridge's metal fabric is 100% recyclable. Cambridge Architectural is an active member of the USGBC®.
Learn more about this unique project from The Architects Newspaper article "Small town receives new high-tech science facility dressed in a dynamic crystalline metal mesh veil" - http://bit.ly/2fISO8o