The Salvation Army Kroc Center - Phoenix The Salvation Army Kroc Center - Phoenix / Phoenix, Arizona, USA

The Salvation Army Kroc Center - Phoenix

“The design of The Salvation Army Phoenix South Mountain Ray & Joan Kroc Corps Community Center required a unique shading element system which helped reduce heat gain and glare, allowed views to the South Mountains beyond, permitted vision into the building at night and was aesthetically pleasing. Cambridge Architectural provided the material and system to meet these requirements the design team was looking for and we are very pleased the resulting application.”
- Steve Blackburn, Principal, Barker Rinker Seacat Architecture
  • Location: Phoenix, Arizona, USA
  • Year Completed: 2012
  • Architect of Record: Dick & Frische Design Group
  • Prime Design Firm: Barker Rinker Seacat Architecture
  • General Contractor: Haydon Building Corporation
  • Installer: Pro-Steel Erectors
  • Owner: The Salvation Army Southwest Division


A fresh aesthetic of gleaming stainless steel rigid mesh panels from Cambridge Architectural perform solar shading for the lobby, main atrium and Arizona’s largest indoor aquatic center of the new Phoenix Kroc Center. In fact, Cambridge metal mesh systems can be found throughout the community center. The 147,000-square-foot facility offers three multipurpose sport fields, a full-size football/soccer field, two practice boxing rings, indoor swimming pool, nine volleyball courts, a walking/running track, rock climbing wall, computer labs, wellness center, performing arts center and library. The center is one of the largest in the family of Kroc centers in the country and is seeking LEED® Gold certification for sustainable design and energy efficiency.


The panels of woven metal fabric installed in tension, parallel to the structure’s windows, facilitates daylighting while blocking harsh sunlight and the heat that it generates for the interior. The framed rigid shade systems distill and reduce the glare of natural. Also shading the main lobby and atrium, a Cambridge canopy system of flexible mesh provides shading from the sunlight coming in from above. In one additional touch, Cambridge mesh graces the cross on the steeple. The system was fabricated with mesh in Cambridge’s Shade pattern, which features large-scale, flexible open weaves that shade and screen structures including facades, parking garages and pavilions. Cambridge’s Eclipse™ tension attachment hardware was used to install the Shade product. Tailored edges are provided for expanses of flexible metal fabric in tension. Elegant, custom cut apertures receive the metal fabric ends in tubing that is integrated into a bracket and structural support design. Tube sizes may vary to emphasize or de-emphasize the attachment. The Eclipse hardware is appropriate for lengths of metal fabric held in tension up to 100 feet.


To fit the overall design and project needs at the Kroc Center, Cambridge provided a strategically-designed exterior, specifically built to improve energy efficiency. The shading system reduces cooling loads to the building, which ultimately cuts energy costs. Additionally, stainless steel architectural mesh is a 100% recyclable material that is virtually indestructible, outlasting most other materials in durability and ultimately reducing the need to repair or replace the exterior. The Cambridge Team was also able to provide an economical solution to solar shading within the project without sacrificing structural integrity. The Eclipse™ attachment hardware - a patented stainless steel tension attachment that grips and holds metal fabric in tension at the top and bottom of a panel - saved the cost of additional hardware by employing tension to preserve the mesh's structural integrity.

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