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Project Overview

Category: Universities
Location: Winston-Salem, NC
General Contractor: Swaim Ornamental Iron Works
Architect: Gaudreau, Inc.


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 perforated metal infill panels feature a solid metal outer frame with rounded, slotted or square motifs. The pattern style of the perforated metal panels can help save on energy, block UV light and reduce noise while still offering a decorative option that is appealing to the eye. Due to our precision in-house engineering, our perforated metal infills have a repeated pattern that is punched into the sheet metal that is smooth on the inside of the railing system and can feature a wide variety of decorative patterns. VIVA has the unique capacity to custom design a pattern that best suits your project needs.

Wake Forest University’s nationally rated physician assistant program is housed in the new Wexford 90-South building. With over 250,000 square feet of space, not only does it house laboratories and classrooms; Wexford is also home to an auditorium space and offices and features our BLADE™ Stainless Steel Perforated Metal Railing System. We also were able to custom match Sherwin Williams Thermal Spring green and customize our powder coating to match it perfectly.


Jake Swaim in Winston-Salem, NC founded Swaim Ornamental Iron Works in 1950. Their specialty lies with spiral stairs, fences, balconies and anything you can imagine for your next project.

For over 80 years, Gaudreau, Inc. has been creating the unique custom architecture for hundreds of private clients, over 25 colleges in over 30 states. Property evaluations, laboratory planning, interior decorating and graphic design are just a few of the other services they provide.