While constructing a new school in Salina, Kansas, the architect needed a way to open up the writing center during the day for easy access and secure the space when the center was not staffed.
Our engineers worked with the architect to find a custom solution for this unique space. Through collaboration, we designed a six-panel, floor-mounted, bi-folding unit next to 3 fixed panels with an operable door. The units measure 182″ and 152″ wide by 118″ high.
The concrete slab floor was not thick enough to support an ActivWall structural sill, so a low-profile sill was used for the floor track.
The dark bronze finish with a horizontal mullion matches the rest of the modern aesthetic of the school, and the glass panels let in natural light.
These horizontal folding doors create a versatile learning space as they can be fully closed, opened partially, or opened fully, depending on the situation. The staff is prepared, whether the writing center needs a quiet space for tutoring or an ample open space for poetry readings.
Acknowledgments: Story by Sydnee Burnette and Jennifer Doss. Photos submitted by WestPro Construction.