Burleson Elementary

Project Location

Dallas, TX


SHW Group Inc.



Case Study: Burleson Elementary

Classroom flexibility is a 21st-century necessity. NanaWall Systems provides a range of effective solutions for the design of new classroom space, adding flexibility while increasing interior visibility, safety and security. NanaWall operable glass walls also synchronize with the problem-based curriculum revolution taking place in today’s schools, while also diminish costs for added facilities and classrooms.

The architecture team at SHW Group employed NanaWall systems for the new elementary schools built in the Burelson, Texas, school district. Simply by unfolding the durable, acoustically performing SL45 glass walls, two classrooms share a multipurpose room.

“The multiuse space needed great visibility and flexibility, with good acoustic separation,” says Konrad Judd, AIA, lead designer at the SHW Group in Dallas. “The NanaWall maximized the view and flexibility of the space when open or closed.”

In the past, multipurpose rooms were often designed as separate classrooms – and sometimes located in a different part of school or with a “garage door” type of overhead partition. The SHW Group designed the Burleson flex rooms to mesh with teaching methods that promote active participation, self-direction, and interest group clusters. 

“The NanaWall maximized the view and flexibility of the space when open or closed.”

Creating Educational FlexSpace

Once the common wall is removed between classrooms, teachers and students have access to flex spaces. To do this, SHW Group used a V shape to cuts into the traditional rectangular space of the existing rooms. By making three rooms out of the space normally utilized for two rooms, SHW decreased the costs. 

The firm favors the NanaWall products over other options and brands. “It is a very elegant and simple system that is safe and easy for teachers and students to use,” says Judd.

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