Project Location

Kenosha, WI


Butterfield, Rudie & Seitz Architects, Inc.




Case Study: Snap-on

The Kenosha, Wisconsin-based Snap-on tool-and-equipment company, the leading U.S. maker of high-end tools for professional users, was in need of a wall solution for their “Innovation Works” facility. Designed to provide Snap-on associates and customers with critical resources and training, the 15,000-square-foot centerpiece facility — which features a service garage, prototyping room, a parking bay and customer observation area — called for flexible use of space and acoustical privacy. To achieve these competing goals, Snap-on worked with the design team at Butterfield, Rudie & Seitz Architects of Racine, Wisconsin, to develop a wall system that met their needs for the unique space.

“The goal at Snap-on Tools was to have a flexible space where smaller areas could be opened up to each other to accommodate large groups and still be able to afford some sense of privacy and quiet when the spaces were divided,” says architect Ryan M. Rudie, AIA, president of the firm. “The 12-foot-high NanaWall HSW60 panels gave Snap-on the privacy and room functionality that was required.”

“The 12-foot-high NanaWall HSW60 panels gave Snap-on the privacy and room functionality that was required.”

NanaWall’s Single Track Sliding System HSW60 – an aluminum-framed system with open corners – allowed the team at Butterfield, Rudie & Seitz to create a space that changes from fully open to private in seconds. Yet, Rudie emphasizes that the service provided by NanaWall was just as valuable as the well-engineered product. “The team at NanaWall worked with us throughout the design process to help us develop an opaque, sound-deadening glazing system that afforded the privacy we needed, yet still looked fantastic,” he says.

According to Rudie, a top brand like NanaWall was a natural decision for a top brand like Snap-on. “Since Snap-on uses this area to promote their products and the innovation that the company encompasses, it was important to carry through the look and feel of high-tech innovation with the wall solution,” Rudie explains. “Other options included the old-fashioned, accordion-style vinyl folding walls that simply didn’t reflect this project and what Snap-on stands for.” 

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