KINETICWALL dynamic facade - parking structure architecture
Custom Geolam Facade

EXTECH specializes in providing safe, functional façade solutions for parking facilities. Our systems are engineered to fit each specific application with pedestrian safety, code compliance, performance, and aesthetics in mind.


EXTECH’s KINETICWALL® is an optimal façade system for standalone or mixed-use parking facilities because it delivers durability, air flow, easy installation, and simple maintenance. Additionally, it permits visibility from the inside while preventing the nuisance of interior lighting spillage.

Pedestrian safety is a top priority when designing a parking structure. Incorporating a façade such as the KINETICWALL® can be life saving, preventing intentional jumps and unintentional falls. With more than half of parking garage owners having experienced an intentional fatality or an attempt at their facility, according to a study by IPMI, finding ways to prevent this self-harm is critical. By installing a façade, owners can help deter these harmful actions.

The KINETICWALL® is a customizable system that allows for design freedom to create a unique, artistic, functional façade. Made of “flappers” (typically 6" x 6" aluminum elements) attached to stainless steel rods, the KINETICWALL® responds to wind currents and ripples to create the look of rolling waves. The system is customizable and can be designed to accommodate square or curved polycarbonate, glass, aluminum, or steel flappers, and can be finished with color-shifting paint.

The KINETICWALL® is designed and tested for long-term performance, and uses spacers designed to prevent collateral noise from flappers. The KINETICWALL® allows facilities to meet ventilation codes while providing solar screening.

While EXTECH has standardized suspension systems, specific details and selected materials based on extensive testing and years of experience, each is fully customizable to meet its environment and budget as well as the project’s aesthetic and performance goals.

The need for parking facilities in urban areas continues to increase. Being that these structures are interwoven with the community, there is a demand from municipality planning boards that they be visually pleasing. Arts in Transit and percent-for-art regulations are one way communities aim to achieve aesthetically interesting parking facilities. The visual aspects of the KINETICWALL® helps municipalities meet Arts in Transit and percent-for-art compliance, while also delivering enchanting architecture for city-dwellers.

One of our most talked about projects is the KINETICWALL® for the Massachusetts Port Authority (Massport) parking expansion at Logan Airport. One of the reasons the KINETICWALL® was chosen as the façade system for this parking garage was because of its dynamic and eye-catching qualities. Massport realized the garage would be seen by travelers from all over the world, so they wanted to design with a system that would be aesthetically interesting while structurally sound.


Custom Geolam Facade


We've solved many design challenges with custom solutions through engineering custom façades.  We use a variety of long lasting materials to customize parking facilities, bringing to life an architect's vision. When a company in Wilmington, DE desired the appearance of bamboo for their corporate parking structure, EXTECH provided a GEOLAM composite wood façade to support their goals. A composite wood “timber screen” can modernize a parking structure, while the play of shadows and light can be observed as the sun moves across the façade. Organic elements, such as greenery, can be added to create a “living” wall.


One example is the Monument Drive parking façade in Fairfax, VA, comprised of vertical tubing in Virginia, with a paint finish designed to mimic the appearance of terracotta.  As an alternative to terracotta baguette façades, EXTECH value-engineered a façade that mimics the appearance of terracotta with a specialty coating. Each tube is connected to the edge of floor slabs, with a unique extrusion designed for deflection and thermal movement. The custom extrusions not only offered a better warranty and lifespan than terracotta, but also a lower cost.

Parking Garage Architecture - Translucent Panels


EXTECH’s polycarbonate systems can be integrated into parking structures, creating a secure and visually appealing environment. Our polycarbonate systems are adaptable to wall openings and other field conditions. Our polycarbonate systems are ideal for parking structures because of their UV resistance, durability, and design flexibility.

For an extra layer of security, translucent polycarbonate screen walls can be backlit to transform a structure at night. . Polycarbonate is an excellent choice for backlit glazed façades because of its light diffusing qualities, color brilliance, low flammability, and insulating value.


SKYSHADE® canopies offer the durability and long lifespan needed in parking applications. They hold-up in wind, rain, sleet, and snow, and resist UV deterioration. SKYSHADE® canopies are designed with lightweight, fully fabricated components that install easily. This makes for quick project deployment, simple maintenance, and cost-savings.

The SKYSHADE® can be used to cover walkways, escalators, or serve as standalone canopies at parking facilities. They can feature standing seam cellular polycarbonate, solid monolithic polycarbonate sheets, flat-sheet multiwall polycarbonate, or glass. Polycarbonate comes in a variety of translucencies and colors, tailored to the custom application, and reduce glare.

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Systems specifically designed for durability and longevity, reducing costs associated with maintenance.

Our systems are factory fabricated for less field waste. Our 100% recyclable systems can support LEED goals.


Our systems are code compliant and add an extra layer of safety, such as ventilation and preventing falls, to a parking structure.


Our systems are engineered for simplicity, reducing costs associated with installation.  Our engineers are accustomed to helping clients with tight project deadlines. The full fabrication and detailing of our systems makes our systems quick and easy to install.


We work with all stakeholders in projects, from the planning stage to installation.