Yale-New Haven Hospital Parking Lot E
- Peter Darby, Associate and Project Manager, Spagnolo Gisness & Associates, Inc.
- Location: New Haven, Connecticut, USA
- Year Completed: 2009
- End Use: Healthcare, Parking Garage
- Architect: Spagnolo Gisness & Associates, Inc. – Boston, MA
- General Contractor: General Welding and Fabrication, Inc. – Watertown, CT
- Installer: General Welding and Fabrication, Inc. – Watertown, CT
- Owner: Yale-New Haven Hospital
Weaving stainless steel into three unique patterns, Cambridge architectural mesh creates a patchwork of metal that's as artistic as it is strong. For the Yale-New Haven Hospital in New Haven, CT, this patchwork represents both the tradition and innovation of the 185-year-old cutting-edge medical facility that the new parking garage serves.
The unique Cambridge design serves to intricately pattern an otherwise standard parking garage, facilitating protection from harsh weather without mitigating pleasant New Haven views. Externally, the facility is accented with linear LED lighting into multiple vertical structural channels alongside the mesh panels; a project actualized by both the architect and Cambridge professionals. At night, the mesh is splashed in warm, colored lights to create a sophisticated and engaging aesthetic.
The segmented mesh panels on the Yale-New Haven parking garage were built to sustain harsh New England climates, unfazed by blustering winters and serving as a relatively maintenance-free barrier. Additionally, the open-yet-closed nature of mesh shields occupants from the elements while facilitating ventilation - always an important consideration for parking structures.
The Yale-New Haven mesh system utilizes eyebolt attachment hardware to install the Cubist, Mid-Balance and Scale products. This clearly articulated assembly is a simple process that allows large panels of mesh to be quickly installed at one time, dramatically cutting down project costs. Overall, Cambridge developed an ideal system to address all 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 solution reduces the reliance on energy-consuming HVAC systems. Additionally, all materials used in the Yale-New Haven Hospital parking garage are engineered to last a lifetime with minimal maintenance. Once these materials, which feature high volumes of recycled content, reach the end of their lifecycle, they can be easily recycled into the next generation of architectural mesh. 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.