Jewish Chapel at the U.S. Naval Academy
- Bonnie K. Johnson, Project Manager, Boggs & Partners Architects
- Location: Annapolis, Maryland, USA
- Year Completed: 2005
- End Use: Religious
- Architect: Boggs & Partners Architects – Annapolis, MD
- General Contractor: The Whiting-Turner Contracting Company – Baltimore, MD
- Owner: United States Naval Academy
The chapel doors open to a balanced expanse of lofty heights and solid stone. The 47-foot ceilings are adorned with a custom-designed Cambridge Architectural mesh application, mimicking large, billowing sails. Cambridge's Infinity metal fabric pattern, featuring rigid, open weaves, creates the mesh application, which was painted then sanded to create a weathered maritime white. Custom-designed Frame attachment hardware seamlessly incorporates fabricated brackets for a smooth integrated stainless steel cable support system.
Inside the 410-seat chapel, mosaic tiling and a 45-foot-tall stone wall inspired by the Temple Mount's Western Wall are complemented by the openness of the woven metal. Both the tiling and stone wall are constructed of stone quarried in Jerusalem.
Aesthetically pleasing, the metal fabric solution promotes airflow and ventilation throughout the Chapel while enhancing heating and air conditioning and providing a relatively open view. Additionally, the durable and corrosion-resistant stainless steel mesh application helps to control acoustics and enhance lighting effects.
Cambridge's wall and ceiling mesh application also effectively reduces costs. The solution is long-lasting and virtually maintenance-free, eliminating almost all upkeep associated with the project. Furthermore, Cambridge's experienced staff partners with architects, engineers and others associated with the project to avoid potentially excessive costs.
Once these materials, with a high volume of recycled content, reach the end of their lifecycles, they can be easily recycled into the next generation of architectural mesh.
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.