Miami Intermodal Center
- Roberto Sequeira, Vice President, Heery International, Inc.
- Location: Miami, Florida, USA
- Year Completed: 2009
- End Use: Airport, Parking Garage, Transportation
- Architect: Heery International, Inc. – Miami, FL
- Construction Manager: Turner Construction Company - Miami, FL
- Installer: Daniel Metals Incorporated - Trussville, AL
- Owner: Florida Department of Transportation
The four-level Rental Car Center is the first major structure to be completed as part of the new Miami Intermodal Center in Miami, FL. The modern, streamlined building boasts a contemporary design, acting as an important ground transportation hub and welcome facility for visitors to South Florida. Cambridge woven metal fabric was chosen to screen its corner stair towers because the material serves the structure's dual purposes of style and service.
Cambridge Architectural’s mesh system strikingly clads the exterior stair towers on all four sides of the Rental Car Center, contributing clean lines and wrapping each of its corners in gleaming stainless steel.
The architectural mesh system specified for the Rental Car Center needed to be able to withstand the extreme environmental factors of Miami, including hurricane-force winds. In fact, Cambridge custom-engineered a system using its patented, Miami-Dade certified Velocity™ attachment, a spring mechanism that allows flexible mesh panels to absorb high wind loads and then re-tension after the conditions have passed. As a result, the building exterior can withstand wind gusts of up to 150 miles per hour. Additionally, Cambridge's mesh pattern allows for transparency in a setting where space needs to be closed off, but light and visibility should not.
Cambridge Architectural applications always combine superior aesthetics with high-quality performance, eliminating the need for additional materials. In Miami's Rental Car Center, the virtual indestructibility and lifecycle of Cambridge's metal fabric reduces maintenance costs, and assures that there will be no need for replacement materials. In addition to the inherent strength of their material, Cambridge's Velocity attachment makes metal fabric sustainable even in hurricane-prone areas like Miami.
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.