Two stainless steel metal mesh fabrics woven by Cambridge Architectural
have been used to envelop the parking facility at the Dallas Fort Worth
International (DFW) airport.
Forty years after its celebrated opening, DFW, the world’s third busiest
airport, continues to undergo a Terminal Renewal and Improvement Program. The
latest addition is a new Terminal A Enhanced Parking Structure to accommodate 7,700
vehicles. Located adjacent to Terminal A, the structure is enveloped by the unique
combination of Cambridge’s Pellican and Scale mesh patterns enhancing the
facility’s features. At night, the mesh’s reflective characteristics help to
showcase a decorative lighting system that accentuates the structure’s curve.
According to Alan Richards, AIA, Corgan Associates, Inc., a key
requirement for the mesh was that it should be seen, unlike conventional mesh
solutions that tend to just disappear on building facades. The large-scale mesh
supplied by Cambridge was visible from a distance, meeting their design intent.
Lining the structure’s exterior screens and also used in interior
partitions as well, the metal mesh contributes to a sustainable design by
allowing exhaust fumes to easily escape the garage.
Richards explains that metal mesh is often used today in garage cladding
applications because of its longevity, durability and minimal maintenance. He
added that Cambridge mesh allows for open parking garage classification of more
than 50 percent open area while also having very large scale mesh, which was
used on the curved elevation.
Cambridge Architectural’s patent-pending Eclipse attachment system was
used to fix the metal mesh to the building. Cambridge Brand Manager Gary
Compton explained that elegant stainless steel tubes were used to grip the mesh
panels at the top and bottom and tighten them to the required spring tension. Intermediate
clips were added to long mesh panels for greater security.
Cambridge Architectural mesh has been used in numerous international
airport terminal, rental car and parking facility projects, including at Fort
Lauderdale-Hollywood, Harrisburg, Houston George Bush, McCarran (Las Vegas),
Montreal-Pierre Elliott Trudeau and Winnipeg James Armstrong Richardson