Translational Research Institute Shaded in Sunny Orlando by Cambridge Architectural Mesh

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Facility opens wearing a stainless steel mesh facade.

TRI Orlando

The mesh facade on the new institute in Miami provides solar shading and a modern facade design

...the building’s main street façade composed of the stainless steel sunscreens transform from a solid form into a transparent veil revealing an illuminated curtain wall ...

The Translational Research Institute for Metabolism and Diabetes in Orlando, FL was developed as a joint venture between Florida Hospital and the Sanford|Burnham Insitute, established for researching metabolism, diabetes, obesity and the origins of cardiovascular disease.

The state-of-the-art facility, which opened early this year, is 37,000 sq. ft. of high-tech research equipment for personnel dedicated to improving the quality of life for people suffering metabolic afflictions. The general contractor on the large project was Brasfield & Gorrie General Contractors of Orlando, Fla., and the mesh was installed under Cambridge’s scope.

To match the design intent of the modern establishment, conceptualized by Flad Architects, a Cambridge Architectural solar shading system was applied as a front façade, using Cubist mesh held in tension with Eclipse™ attachments.

“Daylight and access to views played an important role in the development of the building,” says Shannon Liggett, AIA, Project Architect/Associate with Flad Architects. “This led to the adoption of stainless steel mesh sunscreens that not only provided a practical application, but one that gives the building a unique exterior aesthetic.”

During the day, woven metal mesh reduces glare and shades the building creating natural daylighting, and a comfortable atmosphere for occupants. In the evening, yellow LEDs are used to define the front façade with a crisscrossing effect that maintains a technical yet sophisticated beauty.

“As day turns to night,” continues Liggett, “the building’s main street façade composed of the stainless steel sunscreens transform from a solid form into a transparent veil revealing an illuminated curtain wall that visually hints at the research discoveries occurring within.”

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About Cambridge Architectural

From concept to installation, Cambridge Architectural is the only full-service provider that sees a design through to ribbon-cutting. As the world leader in tensioned mesh systems, Cambridge Architectural gives each project a distinctive quality for both interior and exterior applications, extending an unparalleled transformational aesthetic while maintaining functionality. Cambridge offers a full range of sustainable metal mesh solutions, providing full system design, engineering, and installation services, in the most challenging building environments and under the strictest budgets. Visit CambridgeArchitectural.com to experience Cambridge’s abilities.

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