PROJECT FOCUS EDUCATION: COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES
West Village Commons, Towson University, Towson, Md. Designed as an inviting gathering space for students, the LEED Gold building on the campus’ west edge features meeting and study rooms as well as dining and retail shops. Banker Wire’s 3DZ- 151 architectural woven wire mesh was used as a substitute for glass for the grand staircase and sec- ond fl oor atrium safety railings. The 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.