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Terminal A Parking Garage, Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport, Texas

Photo: Cambridge Architectural
Photo: Cambridge Architectural

Cambridge Architectural supplied its Pellican and Scale stainless steel metal mesh fabrics with the Eclipse attachment system for DFW Airport's Terminal A parking garage. The metal mesh lines the structure's exterior screens, is used in interior partitions and allows exhaust fumes to escape the 7,700-space parking structure. The mesh's reflective characteristics work with a decorative lighting system that accents the structure's curve at night. Phase one of the project was completed in 2013.

Alan Richards, AIA, of Corgan Associates Inc., says his firm wanted the large-scale mesh to be seen and it is visible from a distance. Mesh contributes to an open parking garage classification with more than 50 percent open area, he says. "When we looked at examples of how mesh has been used on the outside of other buildings, we noticed that some of them tend to just disappear."

Gary Compton, brand manager at Cambridge Architectural, says stainless steel tubes grip the mesh panels at the top and bottom and were tightened to the required spring tension. "Intermediate clips were added to long mesh panels for added security," he says.

Architect: Corgan Associates Inc., Dallas

Consultant: Jacobs Engineering Group Inc., Pasadena, Calif.

Metal mesh: Cambridge Architectural, Cambridge, Md., www.cambridgearchitectural.com