Towson University wanted to create an inviting gathering place for students to socialize and study; one that included meeting and study rooms, dining and retail shops, and was infused with the spirit and energy of campus. With those goals as its guide, Baltimore-based GWWO Architects designed the university’s new West Village Commons. Seeking an alternative to glass for the building’s grand staircase and second floor atrium safety railings, the firm turned to Banker Wire for help.
Banker Wire, a worldwide leader in the manufacture of wire mesh for architectural and industrial applications, provided its 3DZ-151 architectural woven wire mesh for the project. This attractive open-weave mesh is near opaque when viewed straight-on, but becomes translucent when viewed at an angle. This feature provides some privacy at the atrium level where students eat, but like glass, allows light to pass through, creating a safe enclosure that doesn’t impart a “closed-in” feeling.
“We chose Banker Wire mesh because it is a beautiful product,” said Alan E Reed, FAIA, LEED AP, Design Principal of GWWO Architects.
“Our 3DZ family of wire mesh weaves offers unique open characteristics that further enhance the aesthetic appeal of many different types of projects,” said Harrison Horan, Vice President of Banker Wire. “Because the opacity of the mesh changes depending on the viewer’s perspective, it lends each project a beautiful, customized flair.”
The now-open building, which offers much needed gathering space at the west edge of campus, received a Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) Gold Certification from the United States Green Building Council (USBGC). Banker Wire products help projects earn LEED certification by contributing credits in several different areas, including pollution reduction, energy performance, recycled contents, and regional material use.