Katy Grand Park & Ride
- Mark Wade, EFI Panels
- Location: Katy, Texas, United States
- Year Completed: 2017
- End Use: Parking Garage
- Architect: NewQuest Properties, Houston, Texas
- General Contractor: Arch-Con, Houston, Texas
- Developer: NewQuest Properties, Houston
- Installer: EFI Panels, Simonton, Texas
- Owner: Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County
The Katy Grand Park & Ride is a massive, 600,000-square-foot garage built on an 11-month acelerated schedule to accommodate the growing number of Metro bus riders in West Houston. Located on the northeast corner of Grand Parkway and the 16-lane, I-10 West (known as the Katy Freeway), the $21.1 million garage offers 1,650 spots to park and ride commuters. A dedicated bus lane on its west side makes for easy drop off and pick up. Architects from developer worked with Cambridge’s engineers to specify a Cubist mesh pattern (80 percent open area) and Eyebolt attachment system used to secure more than 20,800 square feet of metal fabric to the parking structure.
Although metal mesh is hung vertically on most projects, a combination of upright and sideways-mounted panels were used on the Katy garage to provide an engaging aesthetic feature to the façade and corner stairwells. There is an iridescent sheen to the metal created by the sunlight that creates a rainbow-like effect. At night, the mesh is illuminated with LED uplighting and gel filters create a splash of color against the stainless steel fabric. The garage is a high-profile project with hundreds of thousands of vehicles passing by every day.
Cambridge – a participant in the International Parking Institute’s Green Star program for sustainability – uses a cold forming process for the mesh that generates less environmental impact than processes for heat-treated products. The mesh is not susceptible to the weather, is virtually maintenance-free and has an indestructible life cycle.