15 May 2013

Banker Wire Weaves Precision Mesh Panels for the Newly-Constructed Atrium at Sinai Hospital in Baltimore

Banker Wire Weaves Precision Mesh Panels for the Newly-Constructed Atrium at Sinai Hospital in Baltimore

MUKWONAGO, WI. May 17, 2013. Baltimore's Sinai Hospital has a total of 493 beds and more than 18 medical departments, with hundreds of employees that care for more than 26,000 patients annually. An 8,000 sq.ft. atrium, its windows framed by Banker Wire mesh, provides hospital visitors and employees a peaceful place for relaxation and reflection in an environmentally friendly and beautiful respite from the day to day stresses of the hospital environment.

The atrium was part of an 87,000 sq.ft. four-story addition to the hospital. The expansion includes a 29-bed intensive care unit, a 36-bed intermediate care unit and the area's first hospital roof garden. The atrium allows natural light through its sunlit ceiling, which combined with plants and a 40-foot waterfall, promotes a sense of indoor-outdoor space. Its warm hues further add to the welcoming atmosphere. The atrium's reds and oranges are complemented by the mesh custom constructed by Banker Wire. The company's M13Z-145 mesh frames each of the atrium's window openings.

“The installation needed to connect wood, glass and metal with the existing structure,” according to Kevin Weston, Sr. Project Manager at Gutierrez Studios. Doing so required the precision for which Banker Wire has become known. “Each mesh panel had to be exactly 35.63 inches by 163.38 inches,” says Weston. “That's why we went to Banker Wire. We knew they would manufacture to our exact needs and ensure consistency in every panel.” Banker Wire's product also fit in with the space's aesthetic. The wire mesh brings texture to the space, adding depth to its walls. The stainless panels have a slightly pickled finish, giving them a satin shine that sparkles in the natural light.

“This project captures Banker Wire's values,” says Harrison Horan, Vice President of Marketing at Banker Wire. “We excel at blending form and style with meticulous accuracy.” Banker Wire's mesh is incorporated with high-performance energy-saving glass, just one of the space's many green features. Sinai Hospital's attentiveness to the environment has earned it recognition in its community and beyond, since the addition's 2009 completion. The hospital won the Baltimore Business Journal's Green Policy Award partially because of the ecofriendly addition. It also received the Communitas Award for Green Initiatives in 2010.

The Sinai Hospital project team included architect and designer Hord Coplan Macht, Baltimore, MD and fabricator Gutierrez Studios, Baltimore, MD.

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