Typically there is nothing remarkable about parking project exterior design. In most cases, it’s pretty basic — precast garage structures designed to work efficiently with minimal aesthetic appeal. But is that really the best answer for the garage owner, garage users, surrounding residents and businesses and the community at large? With minimal investment and some creative thought, woven metal fabric can be applied to dress up garage facades or even create a statement parking design project like some of the ones below.
Meanwhile, the mesh helps meet state and city building code requirements for ventilation and fall protection and can provide significant cost savings by eliminating the need for mechanical sprinkler and HVAC systems. And mesh offers comfort and safety for garage users by shading the sun yet maintaining open views from both the inside and at ground level during the day and at night.
Here are five of our favorite parking design projects at Cambridge Architectural:
The St. Armands Circle parking design recently earned a special distinction from Parksmart, the world’s only certification program that defines, measures and recognizes high-performing, sustainable garages. The City of Sarasota-owned garage, achieved Parksmart’s Silver certification following an extensive application and review process. Parksmart, developed by industry experts and administered by Green Business Certification Inc. (GBCI), offers a roadmap for new and existing parking facilities to use innovative, solutions-oriented strategies to increase energy efficiency and performance, reduce their environmental impact and cut operational costs. Learn more in this article in Sarasota Magazine.
Decorative facades with swooping curves created by Cambridge Architectural using powered-coated mesh are featured on new employee parking decks at the Ford Engineering & Research Center campus in Dearborn, Michigan. The two structures accommodate 3,900 vehicles and incorporate nearly 100,000 square feet of metal mesh. Together, they represent the largest project in Cambridge’s manufacturing history. The parking design is part of the phase one transformation of Ford’s 80-year-old Dearborn campus to eliminate surface lots resulting in space for the construction of a new design center and central green areas. Learn more about the campus redesign in this Fast Company article.
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