Ford Motor Co. Parking Decks Ford Motor Co. Parking Decks / Dearborn, Michigan, United States

Ford Motor Co. Parking Decks

Applications: Parking Structures
Mesh: Huron
Attachment: Eyebolt
From our standpoint, the Cambridge mesh system offers a relatively cost-effective option to achieve a major architectural impact that changes a garage's design and look. Mesh is a simple way to dress up a pre-cast structure with less complications and costs than the alternatives.
- Richard Kinnell, AIA, Vice President/Architect, Rich Associates
  • Location: Dearborn, Michigan, United States
  • Year Completed: 2018
  • End Use: Corporate, Parking Garage
  • Architect: Rich & Associates Parking Consultants
  • Prime Design Firm: Smith Group
  • Engineer: Rich & Associates Parking Consultants
  • General Contractor: Devon Industrial Group, LLC, Detroit
  • Installer: L&S Erectors, Litchfield, OH
  • Owner: Ford Motor Company


Parking Decks 300 & 400 at the Ford Engineering & Research Center are part of the Phase One transformation of the Ford Motor Company's 60-year-old Dearborn campus. The two, four-story decks located across the street from each other replace surface lots previously used for employee parking that are now designated for a new design center. Rich & Associates Parking Consultants were retained by Ford and recommended metal mesh facades for the two decks as a cost-effective solution that would achieve a major architectural impact and change the design and look of the original concept planned for the structures. Cambridge Architectural was selected to manufacturer the mesh and work with architects and engineers to develop a unique pattern, decorative facade and structural support system. When combined, the two decks -- with more than 100,000 square feet of mesh -- accommodate 3,900 vehicles and represent the largest project in Cambridge's history.


Cambridge developed a custom mesh pattern for the project (Huron). Eighty-three panels of mesh -- 69,840 square feet -- were used for the two sides of Parking Deck 300 while 41 panels -- 29,292 square feet -- were installed on one side of Parking Deck 400. Working with designers to provide a unique look to the pre-cast structure, Cambridge used two tones of powder coating (black and dark grey) to create an angled curve on the raw stainless that runs the length of each facade. For one side of Deck 300, an open notch is also incorporated into the metal over the deck entrance/exit and stairwell area. Using its Eyebolt attachment system, Cambridge provided structural supports to attach the mesh between decks which also included a mounting surface that followed the curve.


The Huron mesh was designed with 55% open area. Stretched a little taller than Cambridge's Mid Balance pattern, also popular with parking projects, the mesh meets international building code requirements for openness adopted by the state of Michigan. By meeting these standards, the mesh eliminates the need for mechanical ventilation, sprinklers and other requirements. Because metal mesh is readily recyclable and made from recyled materials it meets Ford's goals for achieving a high-tech, modern and green campus.

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