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. However, Baltimore based GWWO Architects, designer of the new West Village Commons for Towson University, was also looking for an alternative to glass for the building’s grand staircase and second floor atrium safety railings. Knowing that Banker Wire mesh is a beautiful-yet-functional product, the architects turned to Banker Wire for help.
The woven wire mesh pattern 3DZ-151 was selected. 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.
Woven wire mesh in the 3DZ family offers unique open characteristics that further enhance the aesthetic appeal for many different types of projects. The opacity of the mesh changes depending on the viewer’s perspective, providing a customizable flair that is beautiful as well as functional.
Towson University’s West Village Commons has since received a Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) Gold Certification from the United States Green Building Council (USBGC). Banker Wire products, such as the 3DZ-151 used in this project, help building projects to earn LEED certification by contributing credits in several different areas, including pollution reduction, energy performance, recycled contents, and regional material use.