Cook Children’s Health Care System in Fort Worth, Texas includes one of the nation’s top children’s hospitals as rated by U.S. News & World Report. Over the past ten years, the hospital has undergone a number of expansions in their patient care areas as well as administrative and general facility spaces. In 2013, a seven-level parking garage was built specifically for employees. While the garage met the functional requirements of providing ample parking, Cook Children’s wanted to provide an enhanced façade at the busy intersection where the garage is located.
When Jennifer Steinkamp was tasked with designing the frieze in the entrance of the Governor George Deukmejian Courthouse in Long Beach, California, she was able to realize her design goals through the use of GKD Mediamesh. The Mediamesh frieze – titled Murmuration – celebrates the ostrich feather and its connection to the Egyptian goddess of justice, Ma’at. With GKD Tigris already chosen for the court house atrium, Steinkamp felt it the perfect opportunity to incorporate Mediamesh.
The company headquarters of California Independent System Operator Corporation, known as Cal ISO, controls all of the power in California, and they are leading by example. The innovate technology of GKD metal fabrics has contributed to their LEED Platinum certification. Architect Kris Barkley, who was responsible for the conception of the Cal ISO Headquarters, incorporated the ground-breaking metal fabric of GKD for sunshades on the exterior of the building.
For the Mark Jefferson Science Complex, Eastern Michigan University and architectural firm Lord Aeck & Sargent found an ideal solar management solution in GKD metal fabrics. Providing an environmentally sustainable solution, GKD collaborated with the design team at the Ann Arbor-based architecture firm to develop and engineer a series of sunshades for the façade of the building. This solar management solution shields the building from direct sun while providing enough daylight for students and staff to utilize the building with less energy usage and reduced environmental impact. The project was awarded LEED Gold in 2013 (New Construction v2.2), and, in the energy and atmosphere category, it achieved a 31.5% improvement relative to the baseline building performance rating.