Granger Elementary

Project Location

Keller, TX

Architect

SHW Group Inc.

Product

SL45

Case Study: Granger Elementary 

The Texas Association of School Boards (TASB) has two missions: to improve education for all students and to control costs for the taxpayer. Not surprisingly, these agendas often conflict, especially considering salary demands, technological innovations, rising health care costs, and binding state mandates. In 2007, TASB had to mitigate the conflicting agendas when building elementary schools for its independent school districts.

TASB contracted SHW Group from Dallas to design classrooms that would optimize floor space, increase student learning and create a more enjoyable work experience for teachers. A brilliant solution, which can be seen in 30 classrooms of Kay Granger Elementary School, was the installation of NanaWall’s folding wall systems.

Creating a NanaWall FlexSpace

When SHW Group met with TASB, the board expressed interest in classroom flexibility. At the direction of the Curriculum Director, SHW proposed an effective “flex space” concept that would give them maximum flexibility while reducing lab installation costs. "The multi-use space that we designed to adjoin two classrooms needed great visibility and flexibility, with good acoustic separation,” commented Konrad Judd, AIA and Lead Designer of SHW Group. “The NanaWall maximizes the view and flexibility of the space when closed or open. It is also a very elegant and simple system that is safe and easy for teachers and students to use.”

"The multi-use space that we designed to adjoin two classrooms needed great visibility and flexibility, with good acoustic separation.”

Ease of Operation for Faculty and Staff

Kimmie Etherage, Principal at Kay Granger, immediately saw the benefits of using NanaWall instead of some other partition: “Our school is in a fast-growing population with new schools opening every year. In the past they have used garage door-type enclosures for the flex spaces. Kay Granger Elementary was one of the first schools to pilot the NanaWall. They are awesome! Easy to operate and beautiful, with clear vision into the flex space.”

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