McCarran International Airport - T3 Expansion McCarran International Airport - T3 Expansion / Las Vegas, Nevada, United States

McCarran International Airport - T3 Expansion

“I wanted a material that would not detract from the project concept of natural geological shifting masses. To me, the stainless steel mesh has a natural flowing quality similar to water or ice.”
- Stephen Yelland, Associate, PGAL
  • Location: Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
  • Year Completed: 2012
  • End Use: Airport
  • Architect: PGAL - Las Vegas, NV
  • General Contractor: PENTA Building Group, Inc.; Perini Building Company; McCarthy Building Co.
  • Installer: Beck Steel; Cambridge Architectural
  • Owner: Clark County Dept. of Aviation


Architectural mesh systems were chosen as a unifying element for three separate projects at the McCarran International Airport Terminal 3 (T3) expansion. The high-tech expansion includes interior mesh panels along the terminal windows to provide solar shading to travelers and employees, and a new parking garage and utility plant which employ metal mesh security systems for fall protection in the stairwells.



Each installation of architectural mesh serves a variety of purposes. The solar shading inside the new terminal reduces the sun’s glare, and likewise, solar heat gain. The horizontal and vertical panels provide natural daylighting and unobstructed views to the spectacular Las Vegas Strip, while giving the terminal an aesthetic that matched the architect’s design concept of natural geological shifting masses.

The cubist mesh systems used on the stairwells were chosen to complement the elements of the parking garage and utility plant. The secure architectural mesh systems are engineered for fall protection, but also provide natural daylighting, ventilation, and visibility to the stairs.



Cambridge Architectural mesh systems have an indefinite lifecycle, and are virtually indestructible. They are ideal for both interior and exterior design as they require minimal maintenance, without the need for any harsh chemicals or special equipment, making them more cost-efficient.

Woven metal mesh also reduces energy costs through reduced need for HVAC system and reduced solar heat gain in the extreme Las Vegas climate.

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