The Fred Rogers Center for Early Learning and Children’s Media at Saint Vincent College in Latrobe, Pennsylvania, was designed by FortyEighty Architecture and constructed by the Massaro Corporation. At the beginning of the project, the architects were seeking innovative functionality. The Fred Rogers Center is located at the primary vehicular entrance to the college, so the chosen architectural wire mesh would need to be worthy of its role as the gateway to the campus.
The Architects at FortyEighty Architecture wanted an architectural mesh that would function both as a safety railing for a second-level, exterior mezzanine while also acting as a sunscreen for offices below the mezzanine and for lower level classrooms.
Banker Wire’s M13Z-345 architectural wire mesh was chosen for its strength, effective sun screening ability and aesthetics. M13Z-345 architectural wire mesh has both strength and an apparent percent open area when the sun is at high angles of incidence. The triple Shute weave also offers a unique pattern and texture of long aspect ratio and the heavy "bands" of the triple wire weave.
As Deborah Clark, project manager for FortyEighty Architecture, states, “The design for the Fred Rogers Center includes a single element that creates both a balcony railing and light diffusing sunshade below. The Banker Wire woven mesh panels offered the desired detail and texture while providing the strength and durability required.”
The Fred Rogers Center for Early Learning and Children’s Media was awarded Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) GOLD Certification from the USGBC (U.S. Green Building Council Global).