BLADE Glass Railing System

Wayne State University Student Union

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Project Overview

Category: Universities
Location: Detroit, TX
General Contractor: Turner Construction
Architect: Neumann/Smith Architecture


Our BLADE™ Stainless Steel Railing System has an ultra-contemporary design with minimum obstruction to the line of sight. The system consists of two 2” wide vertical bars, with a cube cap at the top and barrel bolts at the bottom. This expertly-crafted system makes it appear as though the in-fill panels are suspended in air! This modern handrail design is available in powder-coated colors and with an option for LED illuminated rail.

VIVA’s tempered glass infills provide optimal line of sight as well as an understated elegance. Our glass infills range from a minimum of 3/8″ PVB or SGP laminated glass. Colored, patterned and frosted glass are additional options based on design intent and need.


Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan houses over 200 acres of buildings and dorms, 27,000 students and over 350 academic programs since its founding over a century ago. Recently awarded the urban center for excellence in research, Wayne state is well known for helping enhance the lives of its students as well as the citizens of Detroit. The brand new Student Center houses a Starbucks, bank, and even a meditation center. VIVA’s ultra contemporary look of our BLADE™ Railing System chosen by Turner Construction & Neumann/Smith Architecture coincides perfectly with the modern details of the brand new building.


Through teamwork, integrity, commitment, and culture, Turner Construction has become one of the largest construction companies in the United States. With its Building L.I.F.E.® philosophy, Turner strives to be one of the most safety proficient companies to date. Performing only if a job is safe, and pre-planning construction activities ensure that your job is done on time, and on schedule and free of any injury accidents.

Neumann/Smith Architecture features architecture, planning, interior design, historic preservation and adaptive reuse for numerous projects including offices, retail centers, and educational institutions. With an out of the box creative approach to all aspects of a project, Neumann/Smith has won several awards in the four decades since its founding.