Towson University, West Village Commons

Products Used

  • 00 - Stainless Steel Wire Mesh
  • Interior Railings and Stairways
Building Type: 
  • Education
3DZ-151 - Architectural Woven Wire Mesh
TowsonMarylandUnited States
Project Details:

Towson University, West Village Commons

"While designing the new West Village Commons at Towson University, we were in search of a glass alternative for the main stair and the second level atrium. We chose Banker Wire mesh to create privacy, but also to allow light into the stairway. The mesh is a beautiful product, and Banker Wire is more economically feasible than some other options on the market." 

Alan E Reed, FAIA, LEED AP, Design Principal of GWWO Architects

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.

Additional Images: 
This unique weave appears opaque from one angle, and transparent from another.
Banker Wire architectural fabric is often specified to provide fall protection, like in this installation.
Banker Wire woven wire mesh allows for the transmission of visible light in this open university space.
Banker Wire mesh is often used in dining spaces to balance privacy and light transmission.

Project Team

Project Designer: 
GWWO Architects
Project Fabricator: 
Baltimore Steel