Ohlone College Ohlone College / Fremont, California, United States

Ohlone College

Functions: Shading, Visibility
Mesh: Mid-Shade
Attachment: Eclipse
The stainless steel fabric and graphic created a visual landmark to aid in campus way-finding and adds an aesthetically interesting space to promote campus identity and stair usage to navigate building levels.
- John Son, AIA, Cannon Design, Los Angeles, California
  • Location: Fremont, California, United States
  • Year Completed: 2020
  • End Use: Academic
  • Architect: ABA, San Jose, California
  • Prime Design Firm: Cannon Design, Los Angeles, California
  • Engineer: KPFF Consulting Engineers, Los Angeles, California
  • Installer: Viking Steel, Inc.
  • Owner: Ohlone College District


Ohlone College added three Academic Core buildings to its terraced, hillside campus in Fremont, California overlooking San Francisco Bay. The transformative project was designed to update facilities, unify the campus and break the school out of the community college model. On Building #2, architects specified a decorative mesh screen covering a five-story stair tower which complements the structure's steel frame and metal panel cladding. The screen was designed to create a visual landmark to aid in campus wayfinding and create an aesthetically interesting space to promote stair use.


Cambridge Architectural wove 1,451 square feet of Midshade Mesh panels with a 42% open area. The Ohlone name was etched on the mesh with a background tree design to promote campus identity. Sandblasting the raw stainless created a dull matte finish to form the letters and tree. The mesh is attached to a steel frame using Cambridge's Eclipse tube attachment system. It offers shading to the southern exposure.


The stainless steel fabric is in keeping with the college's desire to create a green building that incorporated materials that were recycled or salvaged from demolition. Cambridge mesh is manufactured from recycled materials and has a virtually maintenance-free, indestructible lifecycle.

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