Second Avenue Subway Second Avenue Subway / New York City, New York, United States

Second Avenue Subway

  • Location: New York City, New York, United States
  • Year Completed: 2017
  • End Use: Transportation
  • Architect: Jose Ortiz
  • General Contractor: Environmental Interiors, JEM Architecturals
  • Owner: New York City Metropolitan Transit Authority


The Second Avenue Subway is the biggest expansion of the New York City subway system in 50 years. Phase I of the project, completed in 2017 and serving 200,000 riders daily, provides East Side service from 96th Street to 63rd Street as an extension of the Q Train. Three new stations were constructed at 77th, 86th and 96th Street and a pre-existing station at 63rd Street was renovated and expanded with connections to the 63rd and Broadway lines. Cambridge Architectural mesh was selected for multiple purposes at the four stations, including decorative cladding, entrance security and protection, hand rail infill and fall protection.


Several Cambridge mesh patterns were chosen for the four stations:  Stipple, a rigid, finally weaved stainless steel fabric, provides a visually appealing wrap on concrete station columns; Stripe and Scale, flexible mesh with 53 and 59 percent open area, serves as a security barrier in corridors while allowing riders to view the impressive public art featured in the stations; and Plait, with 64 percent open area, is used for infill on stairway handrails and platform barriers to provide fall protection. Multiple Cambridge attachment systems were used for the mesh, including U-Binding and U-Bracket, Eclipse and Panel.


Made from 100 percent recycled materials, the four Cambridge mesh patterns are durable and maintenance free providing long-lasting aesthetic and security benefits to the Q Line extension stations.


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