St. Armands Circle Garage St. Armands Circle Garage / Sarasota, Florida, United States

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St. Armands Circle Garage

Applications: Parking Structures
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"Everyone got onboard with Cambridge's collaboration and their ability to pull off something no one had ever seen. The spirals provided a softness to the project. It was like jewelry that was integral to the success of the design."
- Jonathan Parks, Senior Principal, Solstice Planning & Architecture
  • Location: Sarasota, Florida, United States
  • Year Completed: 2019
  • End Use: Government, Parking Garage, Retail
  • Architect: Solstice Planning and Architecture, Sarasota, FL
  • Engineer: Kimley-Horn Planning and Design Engineering, Plantation, FL
  • General Contractor: Jon F. Swift Construction, Sarasota, FL
  • Installer: L&S Erectors, Litchfield, OH
  • Owner: City of Sarasota

Application

The City of Sarasota's $12-million, 480-space garage serves the fashionable shops and restaurants at St. Armands Circle as well as the patients and staff of Sarasota Memorial's urgent care center. Located on St. Armand's Key in Sarasota Bay, the parking facility is bordered to the north and east by luxury island and waterfront homes. City parking officials along with the teams from Solstice Planning and Architecture and Kimley-Horn Engineering's parking practice were seeking a first-of-its-kind design worthy of the garage's high profile address. Cambridge proposed a series of tensioned spiral mesh panels for the garage facade. After hosting the design team at its manufacturing headquarters where a live mock-up was demonstrated, Cambridge was awarded the project and the opportunity to create one of the most unique parking facades found anywhere.

Function

Craftsmen at Cambridge's manufacturing facility wove 525 vertical mesh panels that contained 250,000 individuals welds done by hand. At installation, each mesh panel was given a single twist in the field and outriggers were used to set the panels off the building. The proprietary spiral mesh system is named Volution. Mesh screening is required on all parking garages in Sarasota that face residential properties. At St. Armands, the spiral mesh is a visual screen for the adjacent neighbors to break up the linear nature of the garage, along with dissipating light spillage. Twenty-two, additional eyebolt-tensioned parking screens provide ventilation for other less-visible areas of the garage.

Benefit

The Volution mesh system has delivered on the unique aesthetic design desired by the St. Armands community and has drawn rave reviews from surrounding residents who never thought it could look so good. 

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