Project Location

Watsonville, CA

Architect

WRNS Studio, LLP

Product

SL70

As for specifying NanaWall rather than another product, Woltag explains, "All other window wall systems we considered were complicated, inflexible and did not support our design goal."

Passive Energy Strategy

Not only does the NanaWall folding system support the concept of transparency among scholars with literal transparency — as do many of the design's interior walls, providing visual connections among separate spaces — but the thermally high-performing wall adds significantly to the passive energy strategy integrated into the facility. The SL70 offers contributions to the natural daylight, heat gain control and natural ventilation components of this strategy.

"The St. Francis Central Coast Catholic High School Arts and Sciences Center provided our first opportunity to use a NanaWall system," continues Woltag. "NanaWall gave our builder a system that was easy to install and gave our client a system that students and teachers love to use.”

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"When the NanaWall system is open, the space works as a multi-purpose room. When closed, it creates space for two diverse uses: an intimate and private student lounge on one side and a more active space on the other.”

"The NanaWall system takes advantage of a fine climate much of the year and accommodates groups of 100 or more children for popular story hours. The south orientation is dealt with by the use of low-e glass."

“The multi-use space that we designed to adjoin two classrooms needed great visibility and flexibility, with good acoustic separation. The NanaWall not only does this, it’s easy to operate and beautiful.”

"All other systems we considered were complicated, inflexible, and did not support our design goal of an integrated window wall that completely opened to the outdoors. The NanaWall system was easy to install and our students and teachers love to use it.” 

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