Towson University West Village Parking Garage
- Dan McKelvey, Project Architect, Ayers Saint Gross
- Location: Towson, Maryland, USA
- Year Completed: 2011
- End Use: Parking Garage
- Architect: Ayers Saint Gross - Baltimore, MD
- General Contractor: E and P Glass Company - District Heights, MD
A first-of-its-kind large rigid mesh exterior application held in tension from Cambridge Architectural executes striking, expansive patchwork of architectural mesh to add function and a contemporary flare to the parking garage at historic Towson University. The architectural mesh encases the open air stairwell, adding creative flair to the masonry design of the entire structure.
The University’s seven-level parking garage in the West Village precinct of campus offers 1,500 parking spaces for TU students, faculty, staff and visitors. The Plait-pattern features 64% open area, which allows fresh air to easily flow into and out of the structure while providing an added layer of security to the structure’s occupants. Vital to the design is the application’s ability to handle wind loads, which was tested at the Architectural Testing, Inc. in York, Pennsylvania.
The rigid mesh exterior panels achieved the patchwork concept on the garage which brilliantly compliments the modern essence of the mixed-use West Village Commons building. Mounted in curtain wall mullions, Cambridge’s rigid tension attachment hardware was used to install the Plait mesh.
Cambridge is committed to assisting the design and construction team from initial concept to final installation on each and every project. For the Towson University West Village parking garage, Cambridge developed an ideal system to address all the visual and functional needs of the architect and the contractors. As demonstrated by this project, the versatility of architectural mesh allows it to bring a certain novelty to these structures, and the Cambridge Team makes strenuous efforts toward creating the most forward-thinking architectural projects and ideas.