City center comes together under Banker Wire mesh

Special to The Freeman

Jan. 14, 2015

MUKWONAGO – The new ONE City plaza in Greenville, S.C., has a shade structure composed of Banker Wire mesh, and is one of many revitalization projects that made Forbes Magazine consider Greenville as having one of America’s best downtowns.

ONE City Plaza, Greenville’s pedestrian-only city center, is the city’s newest mixed-use hub – featuring retail, dining, university and office spaces. Located at Main and Coffee streets, it aims to draw people to the city’s vibrant downtown.

The public space offers ample shade, seating and landscaping, which are enjoyed by both the city’s residents and visitors.

Reflecting a combination of Southern tradition and contemporary sensibility, the plaza’s design embodies the characteristics that make Greenville unique. 

Banker Wire mesh forms a shade structure that serves as the centerpiece for the plaza, and meaningfully evokes Greenville’s history.

Greenville was previously known as the “textile center of the world,” and Civitas, designer of ONE City Plaza, wanted to pay homage to the city’s past. That desire led them to consider metal fabric for the shade structure, and they selected Banker Wire wire mesh based on the company’s combination of quality, cost-efficiency and design expertise.

The Banker Wire S-12 pattern used has raised facets that draw attention to its woven composition in a nod to the textile industry. 

R.F. Knox Company, Inc., a fabricator based in Smyrna, G.A., executed Civitas’ vision by surrounding the woven wire mesh with U-edge frames. The U-edge provides the strength needed to form the structure, without distracting from the woven wire mesh’s aesthetic. The entire structure is mounted on columns and surrounded by greenery and seating.

ONE City Plaza was dedicated in Spring 2014. The project team included Civitas, 4240 Architects, R.F. Knox Company, Inc., and the City of Greenville.