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Cook Children's Health Care System Parking Garage, Fort Worth, Texas

George Montague, vice president of real estate at Cook Children's Health Care System, says there were three objectives for the corner façade of a seven-level employee parking garage at a busy intersection, completed in September 2013.

George Montague, vice president of real estate at Cook Children's Health Care System, says there were three objectives for the corner façade of a seven-level employee parking garage at a busy intersection, completed in September 2013. "It must generate energy and interest, content must be able to be changed, and the images must be viewable in the daylight as well as at night," he says.

Montague liked the beauty and the interactivity of GKD Metal Fabrics' Mediamesh facades at Fresno State University in California and at WinStar World Casino in Oklahoma. Mediamesh is a stainless steel metal fabric with interwoven light emitting diodes (LEDs).

Steve Culver, director of business development at GKD Metal Fabrics, says Mediamesh is being specified more frequently for facades used as art installations. Cook Children's Health Care System's parking garage was planned for artistic content because Fort Worth prohibits digital signage.

Mediamesh's open area facilitates air flow and allows natural light to pass through the fabric. "In the Cook Children's installation, the transparency of our product also was very well suited for the windy conditions of Fort Worth," Culver says. "This was another important factor in this particular installation."

Mediamesh V4xH4.25 has a vertical pixel pitch of 40 millimeters and a horizontal pixel pitch of 42.5 millimeters. The display's vertical resolution is 480 pixels and horizontal resolution is 120 pixels. Images programmed into the system can be downloaded in many formats and content is managed by the Cook Children Health Care System's staff.

The Mediamesh attachment system utilized a woven-in round bar with integrated eyebolts. The component was created by weaving a round bar into each panel at the top and bottom; eyebolts were attached to the round bar. Eyebolts were passed through structural steel and tensioned with the nut on each eyebolt.

General contractor: Linbeck Group LLC, Houston

Architect: HKS Inc., Dallas

Metal mesh: GKD Metal Fabrics, Cambridge, Md., www.gkdmediamesh.com