Towers @ Great America Towers @ Great America / Santa Clara, California, United States

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Towers @ Great America

Functions: Shading
Applications: Canopies
Mesh: Mid-Shade
Attachment: Custom Channel
The draped metal mesh canopy provides a fun element to the outdoor dining area that casts soft shadows to assist in minimizing intense sunlight and glare. The segmented draping of the mesh creates a rhythm along the overall canopy profile that coincides with the structural articulation and curtainwall spacing found in adjacent building elements.
- Jason Slatinsky, Sr. Assoc., Little Diversified Arch. Consulting
  • Location: Santa Clara, California, United States
  • Year Completed: 2018
  • End Use: Corporate
  • Architect: AP + I Design
  • Prime Design Firm: Little Diversified Architectural Consulting
  • Engineer: Harvest Properties
  • General Contractor: Technical Builders + McLarney Construction
  • Installer: Rodriguez Sheet Metal
  • Owner: PGIM Real Estate

Application

The Towers @ Great America (TAGA) is an established Class A office property with two, multi-tenant office towers next to California's Great America theme park and Levi's Stadium in Santa, Clara, Ca. Upgrades to the amenities building adjacent to the site were needed to enhance TAGA's position in the highly competitive Silcon Valley real estate market. Owner PGIM Real Estate and building manager Harvest Properties sought a redesign that converted the outdated indoor/outdoor common area from a convenience space for office employees to a prime feature of the property. AP+ I Design and Little Diversified Architectural Consulting's plan called for a new outdoor dining area that promoted gathering and group activities and included an aesthetic metal mesh canopy to provide shading while offering connectivity to the indoor space. 

Function

Engineers and craftsmen at Cambridge Architectural worked with Little to create a draped mesh canopy that provides a fun element to the outdoor dining area. The mesh casts soft shadows to assist in minimizing intense sunlight and glare. Its segmented draping creates a rhythm along the overall canopy profile that coincides with the structural articulation and curtainwall spacing found in adjacent building elements. Seventy woven stainless steel panels -- a total of 2,258 square feet -- were specified for the project using Cambridge's Mid Shade pattern (42 percent open area). The mesh was attached to the awning structure using a custom Channel attachment system. A nearby giant outdoor media wall is the focal point for meetings and presentations as well as entertainment for employees seated in the dining area. 

Benefits

The outdoor eating area is directly adjacent to the interior dining space which is separated by a 45-foot-long mechanical sliding glass wall. The canopy acts as a continuation of the overhead plane; especially when the wall is open. Made of recyclable materials, the mesh awning is virtually maintenance free and supports overall sustainability goals for the property. 

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