- Stephen Hattwick, Project Engineer and Exhibit Coordinator, Turner Construction Company
- Location: Washington, D.C., USA
- Year Completed: 2008
- End Use: Museum
- Architect: Ennead Architects, LLP (formerly Polshek Partnership Architects, LLP) - New York, NY
- General Contractor: Turner Construction Company – Arlington, VA
- Owner: Newseum
The Newseum, a brand new must-see interactive museum of news, boasts world-class architecture and 250,000 square feet of the latest technology and hands-on exhibits. Located between the White House and the U.S. Capitol, visitors to the museum will travel through seven levels of galleries - and they will certainly notice the modern and sleek aesthetic of Cambridge woven metal mesh in the elevators. Not to mention, the Newseum's largest gallery showcases nearly 500 years of artifacts under a sophisticated, custom-painted Cambridge ceiling cladding.
Seamlessly integrating with the Newseum's innovative atmosphere, Cambridge Architectural’s solution matches the museum's philosophy - uniquely blending functional purpose with fun and inspiration.
On top of unparalleled aesthetics, the mesh solution offers supreme functionality not found in traditional alternatives. In the Newseum's largest gallery, the mesh ceiling panels are painted black. The black panels create light diffusion, necessary for preventing harm to the paper artifacts. The painted mesh also blends into the background, allowing the museum pieces to stand out, as they should, while masking the ceiling according to the gallery's overall design theme. Additionally, the mesh in the building's elevators provides a virtually maintenance-free, almost indestructible cladding - with a lifecycle measured in decades.
Cambridge Architectural’s systems always combine superior aesthetics with high quality performance, often eliminating the need for additional interior materials. In the Newseum, the sheer durability and lifecycle of the elevator cladding greatly reduces maintenance costs, and assures that there will be no need for replacement materials. Cambridge's mesh ceiling panels were engineered to fit the ceiling 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.