M & T Bank Stadium M & T Bank Stadium / Baltimore, Maryland, United States

M & T Bank Stadium

The mesh would be beautiful on its own, but the Ravens created a distinct public art asset by having Cambridge Architectural etch 32 panels of Mid-Balance mesh with a timeless design that celebrates the Ravens and the City of Baltimore. Cambridge was a great partner throughout this project and created a product our client is excited to showcase on their building.
- Tyler Robertson, NCARB, AIA, Architect/Associate Principal, Populous
  • Location: Baltimore, Maryland, United States
  • Year Completed: 2019
  • End Use: Stadium
  • Architect: Populous
  • General Contractor: Gilbane Building Company
  • Owner: Baltimore Ravens & Maryland Stadium Authority

Application

M&T Bank Stadium, the home to the two-time world champion Baltimore Ravens football team, draws its design from the best of Baltimore architecture. The 71,000-seat stadium, designed by the firm that is now Populous, is a fan favorite known for its high-tech amenities, state-of-the-art concourse design and ease of access. After 20 years, the Ravens and their landlord - Maryland Stadium Authority - embarked on a three-year, $144-million facility upgrade designed to enhance the fan experience. The final phases of that renovation include new elevators and escalators designed to zoom fans to their seat, including the upgraded stadium club level. Cambridge Architectural was engaged to create durable woven metal mesh panels for the stadium's exterior to provide air flow, additional comfort from the elements and views back to the city for fans using the escalators and interior circulation ramps on the north side of the stadium.

Function

Cambridge craftsmen wove 32 panels of Mid-Balance mesh for the project - a total of 20,000 square feet -- that were secured to the stadium facade using an Eyebolt Tentioned System. Working with the architects at Populous, the mesh was etched with a signature Raven's wing design that is integrated into many of the stadium's upgrades in both public and premium spaces through coordination with Gilbane, the project's general contractor. The mesh panels -- the largest and most visible of the wing presentations -- create design continuity and add a public art asset to the stadium. The etching darkened the polished stainless steel with a matte finish to create appealing visual interest. The wing subtly changes the density of the etched mesh to create interest when approaching the stadium from the north and from great distances on the skyline.

Benefit

The use of stainless steel mesh made from regional manufactured recycled materials builds on M&T Bank Stadium's record as the first existing outdoor professional sports faciltiy in the United States to earned a LEED-certified "Gold" designation from the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). Cambridge Architectural Mesh is an active member of USGBC. Even Cambridge's manufacturing of architectural mesh -- a cold forming process -- generates less environmental impact than heat-treated products.  

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