Palliser Square South
- Wade Wheeler, Associate and Production Manager, Gibbs Gage Architects
- Location: Calgary, Alberta, Canada
- Year Completed: 2008
- End Use: Parking Garage
- Architect: Gibbs Gage Architects - Calgary, Alberta, Canada
- General Contractor: PCL Construction Management, Inc. - Calgary, Alberta, Canada
- Owner: Aspen Properties Ltd. - Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Sitting prominently among Calgary's best restaurants, hotels and conference spaces, Palliser Square Professional Building and Office Tower is the newest addition to a multi-tower complex dedicated to revitalizing the city's historic business district. But the building's adjoining parking structure is not new, and needed a complete redesign to reflect the modern feel of its environment. Cambridge performed the redesign and created its very first metal fabric system for an existing parking structure.
A Cambridge architectural mesh facade gives the parkade the same landmark-worthy characteristics as Palliser Square and the surrounding complex. Straight mesh segments are attached at varying depths to give the building an undulating exterior, creating a flowing, opulent veil for an otherwise standard parking garage.
The cascading mesh panels on the Palliser Square parkade were built to sustain the Calgary climate, unfazed by harsh winters and acting as a relatively maintenance-free barrier. Additionally, the mesh pattern's open area facilitates ventilation - always an important consideration for parking structures.
The mesh system for Palliser Square was created primarily with Cambridge's patented Eclipse™ attachment hardware - a stainless attachment that grips and holds metal fabric in tension at the top and bottom of a panel. The hardware does not require embedded supports and allows large panels of mesh to be installed at one time, dramatically cutting project costs. Overall, Cambridge developed an ideal system to address all of the visual and functional needs of the project team, specifically engineering the system to the building's exterior to assure a streamlined installation.
By promoting improved air quality through increased ventilation, the mesh solution reduces the reliance on energy-consuming HVAC systems. 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.