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WEST HILLS MEDICAL OFFICE BUILDING (MOB 1) FAÇADE


The five-story, 60’s era West Hills Medical Office Building in Los Angeles was due for an exterior facelift. A complete exterior renovation by Michael W. Folonis Architects revealed that water infiltration had caused structural damage to the existing horizontal plaster awnings; removing them was a costly process that consumed much of the project budget.

This left a relatively tight budget for the design, development, and installation of what would be the new exterior facade. Working with the architects, Structurflex helped create a tensile mesh facade supported by a lightweight aluminum structure and steel standoffs. The resulting “floating skin” provides patient privacy and reduces solar gain from the blistering California sun, as well as reducing interior glare. The panels are composed in a specific way to reflect the architects’ vision of suggesting gestural strokes of paint.

Using tensile mesh instead of traditional metal mesh or perforated metal saved the client nearly 50% of the materials cost. Because tensile mesh is also significantly lighter than metal facades, a lighter structural system could be used. Less energy is required to produce tensile mesh fabric than metal facades, and the entire tensile mesh system is composed of 100% recyclable materials, making it particularly attractive for buildings in locations – like Los Angeles – with strict environmental regulations.

 



DETAILS

APPLICATION
Tensile Mesh Facade Screening

LOCATION
West Hills, California, USA

FABRIC TYPE
COATED PES MESH - SERGE FERRARI SOLTIS FT 381

ARCHITECT
Michael W. Folonis Architects

CONTRACTOR
Construction Management Concepts, Inc.

DEVELOPER
Brentwood Capital Partners

AWARDS

2017 AIA San Fernando Valley Merit Award

LOCATIONS

Americas

APPLICATIONS

Facades , Office Building

For more details contact info@structurflex.com

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