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exteriors

PROJECT

The recent installation of a large
screen on a building façade at the
Cleveland Institute of Art offers a
creative outlet for students.

Digital Façades Rework Academic Buildings
Academic buildings on both sides of the Atlantic are turned
into contemporary media showcases.

A

stainless-steel, wire-mesh façade interwoven

quences created by students. A Mediamesh transparent

stall the material with minimal disruption to the students

with LED lights has transformed two academ-

media façade was ultimately selected and provides unhin-

and faculty." In addition to the display, GKD manufac-

ic buildings, one in Cleveland, OH, the other

dered views of the outside surroundings from the build-

tured and installed the steel framework that supports the

in Copenhagen, Denmark, into contemporary showcas-

ing's interior. Moreover, it allows daylight to penetrate the

fabric as well as the electrical wiring.

es for digital media.

façade, providing natural light for occupants.

One of the most interesting elements of the display

Originally founded in 1882 as the Western Reserve

One of the project's biggest challenges was installing

was the engineering challenge faced when installing the

School of Design for Women, the Cleveland Institute of

the façade while school was in session. The installation

display on a movable building. The building was original-

Art (CIA) is now one of America's leading art and design

team was cautious, ensuring occupant protection was in

ly a Ford assembly plant until purchased by the Institute

academies. In a complex expansion project spanning two

place throughout the process. Another challenge was the

in 1981. The building features movable floor slabs that

years, the George Gund building was joined to the Joseph

project's site. Located on an active roadway, it created lim-

once allowed the Ford Model T's access to the train tracks

McCullough Center for the Visual Arts and now forms a

ited site access and a small working area. GKD installers

behind the structure. With the building's movable fea-

single entity. The recent installation of the large GKD,

were able to work with the material without damaging the

tures, the display is supported by top anchors to let the

Cambridge, MD, Mediamesh screen on the façade of the

product or disrupting the students.

building retain its original, signature style. The engineers

new building offers a creative outlet for up-and-coming
artists while transforming the historical building.

According to Mike Leonard, GKD's technical director

overcame the challenge by creating dead-load anchors at

for Mediamesh, "The material was shipped on site as

the top of the building that hold the weight of the display.

The university worked closely with the architects at

needed, so no site storage was required. This was essential

Leonard added that GKD was specified because of the

Stantec, Cleveland, who sought a contemporary form of

when working with limited site access. We also worked off

transparent nature of Mediamesh since it was going to be

digital media to display graphics, photos, and video se-

hours to avoid student testing times. Our goal was to in-

used over glazing. As the building evolved, a large portion

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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Commercial Architecture June 2017

The Architects
Mixed Use Comes of Age
Living At Clemson
Humidity-Control HVAC For IPA Brew
Modular Approach Curbs Data Center Energy Use
HVAC & Plumbing Products
Ramen Bar Fuses Traditional and Modern
Wood Gallops Full Circle In Riding Facility
Interiors Products
Lighting Elevates Guest Experience
Lighting & Electrical Products
Windows Restore Hotel Facade
Windows & Doors Products
Made-To-Order Masonry For On-The-Go Food
Historic Re-Roof Is A Modern Marvel
Digital Facades Rework Academic Buildings
Thirty Years Of Protecting Records
Showcase
Index
Portfolio
Commercial Architecture June 2017 - Cover1
Commercial Architecture June 2017 - Cover2
Commercial Architecture June 2017 - 1
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Commercial Architecture June 2017 - 3
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Commercial Architecture June 2017 - The Architects
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Commercial Architecture June 2017 - Mixed Use Comes of Age
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Commercial Architecture June 2017 - Living At Clemson
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Commercial Architecture June 2017 - 21
Commercial Architecture June 2017 - Humidity-Control HVAC For IPA Brew
Commercial Architecture June 2017 - 23
Commercial Architecture June 2017 - Modular Approach Curbs Data Center Energy Use
Commercial Architecture June 2017 - 25
Commercial Architecture June 2017 - 26
Commercial Architecture June 2017 - 27
Commercial Architecture June 2017 - HVAC & Plumbing Products
Commercial Architecture June 2017 - 29
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Commercial Architecture June 2017 - Ramen Bar Fuses Traditional and Modern
Commercial Architecture June 2017 - 36
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Commercial Architecture June 2017 - Wood Gallops Full Circle In Riding Facility
Commercial Architecture June 2017 - 39
Commercial Architecture June 2017 - Interiors Products
Commercial Architecture June 2017 - 41
Commercial Architecture June 2017 - 42
Commercial Architecture June 2017 - Lighting Elevates Guest Experience
Commercial Architecture June 2017 - 44
Commercial Architecture June 2017 - Lighting & Electrical Products
Commercial Architecture June 2017 - 46
Commercial Architecture June 2017 - 47
Commercial Architecture June 2017 - Windows Restore Hotel Facade
Commercial Architecture June 2017 - 49
Commercial Architecture June 2017 - 50
Commercial Architecture June 2017 - Windows & Doors Products
Commercial Architecture June 2017 - Made-To-Order Masonry For On-The-Go Food
Commercial Architecture June 2017 - 53
Commercial Architecture June 2017 - 54
Commercial Architecture June 2017 - Historic Re-Roof Is A Modern Marvel
Commercial Architecture June 2017 - 56
Commercial Architecture June 2017 - 57
Commercial Architecture June 2017 - Digital Facades Rework Academic Buildings
Commercial Architecture June 2017 - 59
Commercial Architecture June 2017 - 60
Commercial Architecture June 2017 - Thirty Years Of Protecting Records
Commercial Architecture June 2017 - 62
Commercial Architecture June 2017 - 63
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Commercial Architecture June 2017 - Index
Commercial Architecture June 2017 - Portfolio
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