Austin Convention Center and Cooling Plant Austin Convention Center and Cooling Plant / Austin, Texas, USA

Austin Convention Center and Cooling Plant

Mesh: Plait
Attachment: U-Binding
"Our biggest challenge was designing two separate projects to meet the specifications of two separate owners. The metal fabric brings the two buildings together, but still gives each its own identity."
- Carl Gromatzky, Partner, Gromatzky Kosarek Architects
  • Location: Austin, Texas, USA
  • Year Completed: 2005
  • End Use: Government, Parking Garage
  • Architect: Gromatzky Kosarek Architects - Austin, Texas
  • General Contractor: Encotech – Austin, Texas
  • Owner: City of Austin & Austin Energy


Fluently sculpting the exterior the Austin Convention Center Parking Garage and Cooling Plant, Cambridge Architectural's woven metal mesh humanizes the large scale of the two integrated structures. At night, the buildings glow, emitting a vibrant combination of blues and greens brilliantly reflecting off the stainless mesh pattern.


Is there a better example of form following function? Metal mesh flows vertically along the Austin Energy District Cooling Plant's exterior. Inside water is used to efficiently cool nearby buildings, reducing energy consumption. Outside, the mesh system provides solar shading and reduces solar heat gain, similarly reducing energy consumption. Next door, a parking garage for the Austin Convention Center receives similar benefits while shading the sidewalks below and providing security and fall protection.


By specifying Cambridge systems as the solution for both buildings, architects eliminated the need for additional design, engineering and installation of a second exterior system, reducing overall cost. Cambridge's Frame attachment hardware is also able to support larger mesh panels, decreasing the amount of hardware used. This not only saves on initial purchasing cost, but on installation time and cost as well.

Additionally, the stainless steel metal fabric is extremely durable, with a lifecycle that far outlasts alternative products. Even after an application completes its lifecycle, Cambridge’s metal fabric is 100% recyclable.  Many of Cambridge Architectural’s mesh solutions meet current LEED® requirements, specifically in the NC (New Construction) category.  Cambridge Architectural is an active member of the USGBC®.


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