Texas A&M Memorial Student Center
- Vance Cheatham, Design Principal, Perkins+Will
- Location: College Station, Texas, United States
- Year Completed: 2011
- End Use: Academic
- Architect: Perkins+Will
- Construction Manager: Vaughn Construction
- Installer: Orozco Construction
- Owner: Texas A&M
The very first thing that students, alumni and visitors see when entering the newly renovated Texas A&M Memorial Student Center in College Station, TX, is a beautiful etched metal fabric decorative panel system from Cambridge Architectural displayed over the main entrance. The Student Center is also outfitted with a Cambridge Architectural handrail system that lends stunning aesthetic appeal and inherent functionality to the renovated space.
Built to LEED Silver Standards, the Memorial Student Center is the Texas A&M University student union and serves as not only the campus’s central hub and official gathering place, but also acts as the gateway to campus. Cambridge Architectural mesh fits in with the other various modern features in the Center such as state of the art meeting rooms, lounge and visual arts spaces, inviting contemporary entrances and interior décor promoting Texas A&M’s history.
The Cambridge system features a two-panel-wide expanse of stainless steel metal fabric etched with the Texas A&M official seal, hanging in tension above the grand entrance. The Graph patterned rigid mesh panels span the height of facility and are held in place by the Cambridge Rigid Mesh-in-Tension attachment system. Cambridge’s material shines in the sunlight for aesthetic appeal and also shades the interior of the facility sunlight entering the building without obstructing views from both the exterior and the interior. Meanwhile, stainless steel mesh infills within the center’s exterior walkway and stairway handrail system provide fall protection and a modern edge.
To fit the overall design needs for the Texas A&M Memorial Student Center, Cambridge worked closely with the project team, via full-size mock-ups, to make sure that every component performed according to design drawings and specification. In the end, this method streamlined the installation process and reduced project costs. Additionally, the Cambridge Team worked through shipping and logistical issues to ensure perfect delivery.
The stainless steel architectural mesh, as used in this project, is a material that is virtually indestructible, outlasting most other materials in durability, and is 100% recyclable. It can contribute to solar heat gain reduction and does not mitigate views - all important considerations for high-performance and high profile buildings like those on Texas A&M’s campus. As exemplified by this project, 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, including optimized energy performance, incorporation of recycled content, the facilitation of daylighting and new construction.