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.
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.
space offers ample shade, seating and landscaping, which are
enjoyed by both the city’s residents and visitors.
combination of Southern tradition and contemporary sensibility,
the plaza’s design embodies the characteristics that make
mesh forms a shade structure that serves as the centerpiece for
the plaza, and meaningfully evokes Greenville’s history.
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
Wire S-12 pattern used has raised facets that draw attention to
its woven composition in a nod to the textile industry.
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.
Plaza was dedicated in Spring 2014. The project team included Civitas,
4240 Architects, R.F. Knox Company, Inc., and the City of