Case Studies


Location:  Washington Street Bridge – Grayslake, IL
Material:  Serrated Galvanized 19W4 Bar Grating
Product Amount:  914 sq. ft.
Application:  Walkway grating on each side of the new Washington Street Railroad Bridge

Direct metals delivered 914 sq. ft. of 1-1/2" x 3/16" Serrated Galvanized 19W4 Bar Grating from our warehouse in Waukegan, IL down the road to Grayslake, IL for the village’s Washington Street Overpass project.

Washington Street Bridge Case Study (PDF)

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Location:  Woodridge Park District Athletic Recreation Center - Woodridge, IL
Material:  1" open .135 intercrimp Diamond Wire Mesh (with 1" U-Edging)
Application:  186 panel inserts placed around the rec center's 2nd floor track

Direct Metals wire mesh is featured in yet another worthwhile project! We supplied 186 panels of our intercrimp Diamond Mesh (with 1" U-Edging) in the construction of the new Woodridge Park District Athletic Recreation Center in Woodridge, IL -- set to open January 2, 2017. The wire mesh is placed around the perimeter of the rec center's 2nd floor track as part of the handrail structure. Best wishes to the city of Woodridge… Enjoy this wonderful addition to your community!

Woodridge Case Study (PDF)

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Location:  Brooklyn, NY
• 4 EA-48" X 96" 2” Open Brass .120 Lockcrimp Wire Mesh
• 3 EA-48" X 96" 1" Open Brass .120 Lockcrimp Wire Mesh
• 3 EA-48" X 96" 1/2" Open Brass .080 Lockcrimp Wire Mesh
• 2 EA-48" X 96" 1/4" Open Brass .063 Lockcrimp Wire Mesh
Application:  Gabion Style Reception Desk

Direct Metals supplied brass lockcrimp wire mesh to a customer for creating a stunning Gabion Reception Desk. The desk is comprised of eight unique brass cages of four distinct mesh openings filled with reclaimed rocks from the Brooklyn, NY area, and is a welcoming feature at a high-end residential building along Brooklyn Bridge Park. The desk covers 12 sq. ft. and stands 3 ft. 8 in. high with an approximate weight of 4,000-5,000 lbs.

The Gabion Reception Desk borrows its appearance from the gabions often used as retaining walls in landscapes. The delicate, lock-crimped and lightly blackened brass mesh and the rough, reclaimed Belgian street cobblestones combine to form a graceful piece of furniture that resembles an art piece.

The brass mesh openings decrease in size from the bottom to the top of the desk: starting with 2-in. openings at the bottom, followed by 1-in. & 1/2-in. openings in the middle and finished with a delicate, veil-like 1/4-in. open mesh at the top. A solid brass transaction tray—artistically blackened to enhance the depth of the metal—sits atop the desk.

Gabion Style Reception Desk Case Study (PDF)

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Location:  Killdeer Wetlands – Cook County, IL
Material: 2-1/2" x 3/16" 7P4 Press Locked Galvanized Steel Grating
Steel Grating Pieces: 56 pieces 36" x 96" to cover an area 1280 square feet
Application:  Tinley Creek Pedestrian Bridge Floor Grating

Direct Metals supplied 56 pieces of 2-1/2" x 3/16" of 7P4 press locked galvanized steel grating as part of the site improvement plans for Tinley Creek Forest Preserve in Cook County, IL—just outside of Chicago. Counter sunk lands were used to mechanically fasten down the grating. The galvanized metal grating meets ADA requirements and is being used as steel flooring for the pedestrian bridge located in the Killdeer Wetlands.

Galvanized Metal Grating Case Study (PDF)

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Location:  Wrigley Field – Chicago, IL
Material:  Bar Grating Panels & Wire Mesh Panels
Application:  New scoreboard structure & railing mesh inside the ballpark

Direct Metals is honored to have taken part in a massive construction project inside the renowned Wrigley Field in Chicago. We supplied 4 floors of bar grating inside the new scoreboard structure and provided infill wire mesh panels throughout the ballpark. Our product was shipped to Wrigley Field from our service center in nearby Waukegan, IL.

Bar Grating & Wire Mesh Case Study (PDF)

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Location:  Atlanta, GA (near Sweet Auburn Curb Market and Krog Street Market)
General Contractor:  Pace Properties, Trammell Crow
Material:  3/16" & 1-1/2" Serrated 7TW4 Galvanized Fabricated Bar Grating Panels & Stair Treads. Bearing bars are 7/16" on center which is ADA approved and high heel safe for walking traffic.
Product Amount:  57,000 lbs./139 pieces
Application:  Access ramp, platforms and stairs connecting the Edgewood Avenue bridge to the Atlanta BeltLine's Eastside Trail

Direct Metals supplied 57,000 lbs. and 139 pieces of 3/16" & 1-1/2" serrated 7TW4 galvanized fabricated bar grating panels as part of Atlanta's Historic Fourth Ward BeltLine project—a new greenspace for the neighborhood to gather. The material was used to create an access ramp, platforms and stairs connecting the Edgewood Avenue bridge to the BeltLine’s Eastside Trail. This allows the trail’s pedestrians and bicyclists to enter the trail from residences and local eateries on and around Edgewood Avenue. The access ramp and stairs also give pedestrians and bicyclists an alternate route to the popular Sweet Auburn Curb Market and Krog Street Market nearby.

Bar Grating Case Study (PDF)

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Location:  Tunica, Mississippi
Project Owner:  Tunica, Mississippi
General Contractor:  Steel & Roof Structures Corporation
Material:  .125" thick aluminum perforated metal

Direct Metals supplied a custom aluminum perforated metal job for Tunica RiverPark & Museum in Tunica, Mississippi. The .125" thick aluminum perforated metal was supplied in three different perforation patterns to give depth and artistic flair to the front façade of the river park building. One-third of the job had a 3/4" diameter hole, the second-third had a 1" diameter hole and the remaining perforated sheet metal was supplied with a 1-1/4" diameter hole. The aluminum perforated metal was fastened to a curved galvanized steel tubing frame to create this custom masterpiece!

Aluminum Perforated Metal Case Study (PDF)

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Location:  Des Plaines River, Illinois
Customer:  Great Lakes Restoration Fund
Project Owner:  Great Lakes Restoration Fund
General Contractor:  Old Veteran Construction
Material:  ¼" open .063" diameter hot dipped galvanized wire

There was a need to keep Asian carp from breaching the low-lying strip of land between the Des Plaines River and the Chicago Sanitary and Ship Canal and entering the canal during heavy rains.

This $7 million project involved the construction of a 13-mile concrete and galvanized steel wire mesh barrier. The galvanized steel wire mesh barrier supplied by Direct Metals Company, LLC split the narrow divide between the Des Plaines River and the Chicago Sanitary and Ship Canal, keeping the carp from reaching the Great Lakes during flood events. Asian carp are an invasive species that could potentially eradicate native fish, jeopardizing the Great Lakes’ estimated $7 billion-per-year commercial and recreational fishing industry.

Direct Metals partnered with Future Fence and Old Veteran Construction to specially design a wire mesh suitable for this application. They leveraged its expertise from 15 years in the wire mesh industry to provide a woven wire mesh produced from a wire that was hot dipped galvanized prior to weaving. The end result is a fence that will better withstand the environmental conditions and protect the natural resources of Lake Michigan for a much longer duration of time with less maintenance. The fence ranges from four feet tall in some areas to eight feet tall in areas at risk for deeper flooding. Direct Metals Company, LLC. Supplied a total of 39,500 linear feet or 7.48 miles of wire mesh. Their wire mesh product was designed to allow passage of water to relieve flooding but is small enough to block out all but the smallest fish and eggs. This fence project is an environmentally friendly, recyclable solution provided to protect the surrounding natural environment.

Steel Wire Mesh Fencing Case Study (PDF)

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Location:  Liberty Island, New York Harbor
Customer:  National Park Service
Material:  L-92 wire mesh in bronze, woven in a lock-crimp style
Application:  Interior stairway infill panels

Architectural Wire Mesh Case Study (PDF)

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