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Mesh plays through at golf center

Cambridge, Md.-based Cambridge Architectural's Cambridge Scale flexible mesh was used to create accents on the exterior of Dallas-based Topgolf International Inc.'s 65,000-square-foot entertainment complex in Houston.

Cambridge, Md.-based Cambridge Architectural's Cambridge Scale flexible mesh was used to create accents on the exterior of Dallas-based Topgolf International Inc.'s 65,000-square-foot entertainment complex in Houston. The exterior mesh cladding system shades the building during the day and reflects the glow of colored spotlights at night.

Woven metal mesh's open area provides solar shading while maintaining an open view for occupants. Additionally, it functions as a reflective surface for lighting accents. The Scale flexible stainless steel has 66 percent open area, weighs 1.94 lbs. per square foot and has a maximum width of 240 inches. The panels were mounted with Cambridge Architectural's Eclipse attachment system, which uses tension to keep mesh panels in place and reflect sunlight from the glass walls. Customcut apertures receive the metal fabric ends in tubing integrated into a bracket and structural support design. The tube forms a visual reveal between panel lengths.

Nicole Poole, LEED AP, project designer at Oak Park, Ill.-based Aria Group Architects Inc., the project architecture firm, says the mesh serves two functions. "At night, it creates the backdrop for a sophisticated light show, and during the day it protects an interior decorative stair from full sun exposure," she says.

Arco/Murray National Construction Co. Inc., Downers Grove, Ill., was the general contractor, and Richard Adams Engineers & Consultants, Temple Terrace, Fla., and Terra Associates, Kirkland, Wash., provided engineering services. Completed in 2012, Topgolf features 102 driving range hitting bays on three levels, bars, restaurants and meeting rooms.

Cambridge Architectural, www.cambridgearchitectural.com