A combination of three stainless steel mesh patterns were woven to envelop the exterior facade of the 700-space parking garage at The Universities at Shady Grove (USG) in Rockville, Maryland. The $20 million project will be one of the first parking facilities in the world to achieve Green Garage Certification under the Green Parking Council’s new rating system in 2016. Using our Build-A-Pattern service, Cambridge’s project engineers worked with the architects to create a custom façade design that incorporates more than 31,300 square feet of mesh that helps to promote daylight control and ventilation in the garage.
Located at a major intersection at the USG campus entrance, the garage acts as a billboard and creates a high tech appearance for the regional technology center that brings together nine of Maryland’s leading universities on one campus.
Stainless mesh was a convenient way to incorporate a transparent solar veil over the garage to provide a high-tech appearance that complements the precast structure and serves to unify the geometry of the façade. Instead of using a monolithic screen, the architect’s design incorporates Cambridge’s Balance, Mid-Balance and Shade patterns in combination with punch-outs in the mesh to create aesthetic interest and airflow. As the sun tracks around the building throughout the day, the different patterns are revealed as the available light changes.
Made from recycled materials, the stainless mesh and Cambridge’s Eyebolt attachment system hardware contribute to the garage’s pending “Green” Certification. Cambridge – a participant in the International Parking Institute’s Green Star program for sustainability – uses a cold forming process for the mesh that generates less environmental impact than processes for heat-treated products. The mesh is not susceptible to weather, is virtually maintenance-free and has an indestructible life cycle. Green Garage Certification is the world’s only rating system defining and recognizing sustainable practices in parking structure management, programming, design, and technology.