Lane Avenue Garage – The Ohio State University
- Pete Confar, Principal, Acock Associates Architects
- Location: Columbus, Ohio, USA
- Year Completed: 2009
- End Use: Academic, Parking Garage
- Architect: Acock Associates Architects - Columbus, OH
- Additional Architect(s): Desman Associates - Cleveland, OH
- General Contractor: cHc Fabricators - Columbus, OH
- Installer: Wanner MetalWorx - Delaware, OH
- Owner: The Ohio State University
Located at the southeast corner of Lane Avenue and Tuttle Park Place, the new 1,400-space Lane Avenue parking garage services the central campus area of The Ohio State University. Built for sustainability, the structure incentivizes eco-friendly drivers by providing low emission, fuel-efficient (LEFE) vehicle parking spaces on its first and fourth levels. Its forward-thinking design nicely aligns with the contemporary aesthetic of Cambridge's mesh.
The Cambridge architectural mesh system, held in tension and suspended by cables, creates the illusion that the mesh is floating weightlessly on the outside of the building. Once the sun sets, the mesh reflects linear LED lighting, giving the garage an elegant, soft glow.
The architectural mesh system specified for the Lane Avenue parking garage provides a unique facade without obstructing views or impeding airflow throughout the structure. The chosen pattern allows it to cover but not close off open areas of the building. The result is a dynamic exterior cladding that maximizes views and functions as a protective barrier for occupants of the garage.
Cambridge Architectural applications always combine superior aesthetics with high-quality performance, eliminating the need for alternative materials for open structures such as louvers or other fall protection systems. In the Lane Avenue parking garage, the virtual indestructibility and lifecycle of the mesh facade reduces maintenance costs, and assures that there will be no need for replacement materials. Additionally, Cambridge's metal fabric panels were specifically engineered to fit the open areas of the garage using their patented Eclipse™ attachment system, ensuring a successful and issue-free installation. 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.