William G. McGowan Academic Center at Capitol College William G. McGowan Academic Center at Capitol College / Laurel , Maryland, USA

William G. McGowan Academic Center at Capitol College

Applications: Exterior Shades, Facades
Mesh: Plait
Attachment: Custom
"Cambridge's shading system was chosen because we were looking for a visually intriguing material that could also shade. Cambridge's technical staff worked with us to determine the right transparency and rigidity for the mesh panel.”
- Joseph B. McCoy, AIA, LEED AP, Associate, Geier Brown Renfrow Architects, LLC
  • Location: Laurel , Maryland, USA
  • Year Completed: 2005
  • End Use: Academic
  • Architect: Geier Brown Renfrow Architects, LLC – Alexandria, VA
  • General Contractor: Atlantic Builders Group, Inc. – Baltimore, MD
  • Owner: Capitol College


The William G. McGowan Academic Center at Capitol College offers cutting-edge academic programs, most notably the Space Operations Institute, built in partnership with NASA to prepare students for careers in the space industry. The addition of Cambridge Architectural mesh on the exterior of the building perfectly matches the high-tech nature of the facility. A sleek sheet of metal fabric adorns the front of the building, lending a futuristic feel to its facade.

Cambridge's architectural mesh system adds a shining piece of architecture to the McGowan Academic Center, pulling off a look that only metal mesh can.


A Cambridge Architectural metal fabric system was specified on the exterior of the facility to shade the sun and reduce light pollution for the interior lobby area and second story lobby area of the McGowan Academic Center. The implementation of the shading system created usable space within the building that would have been otherwise unusable during the mid-day sun. The sun shading capabilities of architectural mesh also allows it to reduce solar heat gain, leading to significant savings on cooling costs. Not to mention, the wide array of opacities and weaves that mesh offers makes it one of the most versatile shading materials available – depending on its pattern, mesh can allow almost any amount of light through, effectively managing light in the space behind it.


Cambridge Architectural applications always combine superior aesthetics with high quality performance. The McGowan Academic Center is employing the Cambridge mesh system to create usable space and reduce the building's heat load, cooling requirements and energy consumption – quite simply, architectural mesh shading contributes to lower building costs.

Cambridge's system, as evidenced in the McGowan Academic Center, can optimize energy performance and manage daylight flowing into the regularly occupied areas of a building. Not to mention, mesh is readily recyclable and manufactured from recycled materials. Cambridge Architectural is an active member of the USGBC®, and helps architects take maximum advantage of LEED® credit through the many categories in which architectural mesh systems apply.

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