BLADE Stainless Steel Railing System

North Park University

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Project Overview

Category: Universities
Location: Chicago, IL
General Contractor: Western Architectural Iron Co
Architect: VOA Associates


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.


For over 125 years, North Park University holds a deep heritage in liberal arts with an emphasis in the Christian faith. Their innovative learning serves the north side of Chicago’s community as well as learning from the over 64,000 of its northern residents. Western Architectural Iron Co & VOA Architects chose VIVA Railings and the BLADE system to enhance the newly constructed student union building.


Western Architectural Iron Co specializes in the metal and iron industry. For over 85 years, they pride themselves on the old world traditions of hand-made pieces which still holds true to this day. With some of their largest projects being the Wit Hotel and Millennium Park, Western Architectural works with all 5,500 metals that are currently on the market.

VOA Associates, now owned by Stantec, holds a deep tradition with culture and believes that each piece should not only be developed but also tell a story about the culture of the clients and the community. A multinational firm brings ideas from all over and implements them to your design.