Cambridge Architectural Metal Mesh Texturizes Houston Metro’s Katy Grand Park & Ride

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Colored LED uplighting illuminates stainless steel fabric at night

LED Uplighting Illuminates Cambridge Architectural Metal Mesh on Katy Grand Park & Ride

During the day there is an iridescent sheen to the metal created by sunlight. Depending on your angle, it creates a rainbow-like effect. At night, the mesh is illuminated with LED uplighting to create a splash of color. -- Mark Wade, EFI Panels

Large panels of Cambridge Architectural metal mesh were used to texturize the new $21.1 million Katy Grand Park & Ride, in Katy, Texas. The massive, 600,000 square-foot-garage opened in February and was built on an 11-month accelerated schedule to accommodate the growing number of Metro bus riders in West Houston.

Architects from developer NewQuest Properties worked with Cambridge’s engineers to specify the Cubist mesh pattern (80 percent open area) and Eyebolt attachment system used to secure more than 20,800 square feet of metal fabric to the precast concrete parking structure.

Although metal mesh is hung vertically on most projects, a combination of upright and sideways-mounted panels were used on the Katy garage to
provide an engaging aesthetic feature to the façade and corner stairwells.

“During the day, there is an iridescent sheen to the metal created by the sunlight,” said Mark Wade, Project Manager for EFI Panels, which installed the mesh. “Depending on your angle, it creates a rainbow-like effect.”

At night, the mesh is illuminated with LED uplighting and gel filters create a splash of color against the stainless steel fabric.

Located on the northeast corner of Grand Parkway and the 16-lane, I-10 West (known as the Katy Freeway), the garage offers 1,650 spots to park and ride commuters. A dedicated bus lane on its west side makes for easy drop off and pick up.

“The mesh treatment is a really nice way to dress up what is an otherwise ordinary parking structure,” said Wade. “It’s a large, high profile project with hundreds of thousands of vehicles passing by every day. The mesh really makes a difference.”

Cambridge – a participant in the International Parking Institute’s Green Star program for sustainability – uses a cold forming process for the mesh that generates less environmental impact than processes for heat-treated products. The mesh is not susceptible to the weather, is virtually maintenance-free and has an indestructible life cycle.
Project Owner: Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County
Developer: NewQuest Properties, Houston
Location: Katy, Texas
Architect: NewQuest Properties
General Contractor: Arch-Con, Houston
Installer: EFI Panels, LLC, Simonton, Texas
Metal Mesh Pattern: Cubist, 80% open area
Attachment System: Eyebolt
Total Square Feet of Mesh: 20,800
Completion Date: February 2017

About Cambridge Architectural
Cambridge Architectural is the most experienced full-service provider of sustainable architectural mesh systems for both interior and exterior building applications. As the world leader in tensioned mesh systems, Cambridge Architectural metal fabric solutions lend unique aesthetic appeal, functionality, affordability and sustainable benefits to a variety of structures interior and exterior. Cambridge Architectural offers full system design, engineering and collaboration from concept through installation – in the most challenging building environments and under the strictest budgets. Cambridge Architectural metal fabric systems are categorized by the primary applications they serve, including parking structures, exterior shades, facades, canopies, curtains and others. As a member of the United States Green Building Council, Cambridge Architectural is committed to promoting methods, technology and products resulting in environmentally responsible and healthy buildings. The Cambridge Architectural team develops systems that meet or exceed LEED requirements and provides consultation and direction on a project-by-project basis. Visit for more information.


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