Slated for completion in July 2017, the next phase of the Atlanta BeltLine — a new sustainable redevelopment project in Atlanta, GA — features Banker Wire mesh infill for more than 5,000 linear feet of railings.
By 2030, the Atlanta BeltLine will comprise 22 miles of streetcar, 33 total miles of trails, and 2,000 acres of parks, all connecting the city’s downtown neighborhoods with outlying areas and creating a network for the entire metro area.
Today, Banker Wire’s SJD-3 woven wire mesh in stainless steel provides infill for 5,040 linear feet of railings along the BeltLine’s Westside Trail — a 3-mile railroad corridor that was converted to a multi-use trail. The Westside Trail runs from University Avenue in Adair Park to Lena Avenue at Washington Park on the BeltLine’s southwest side.
SJD-3 is a large-scale, square window pane weave that uses a combination of two wire diameters to create a secondary pattern. The pattern offers a very high percent open area without sacrificing the integrity of the mesh.
The Banker Wire SJD-3 mesh was specified because of its durability and its simplicity in design and construction. In addition, Banker’s material was chosen because it adhered to the Buy America Act, which ensures that transportation infrastructure projects are built with American-made products.
Two different panel sizes of the SJD-3 mesh were manufactured for two different railing heights along the Westside Trail. 42” height mesh infill was produced for standard railings, while 54” height mesh infill was produced for taller railings next to steep retaining walls.
As a result, the railings offer a beautiful and sustainable complement to the expanded regional transit and transportation network, which is one of the largest urban redevelopment programs currently underway in the United States.
This phase of the Atlanta BeltLine will be completed in August 2017. The project team includes architect Perkins + Will, Atlanta, GA and railing fabricator R.F. Knox, Smyrna, GA.