GLYDEing into School Architecture

Exciting changes have been happening in Australia’s school architecture and design sector in the last few years. It’s not just iPads and integrated whiteboards that help children study. Internal and external environments strongly affect the way students learn in primary and secondary schools and facility design must account for growing populations and new technologies. Traditional classes were often taught in tight spaces with desks and chairs, intended for teachers to focus on one group of students. Today, however, students flourish in stimulating and engaging learning spaces that allow for various activities, including presentations, small and large group activities and hands-on learning. Modern school architecture often consists of a collection of spaces separated acoustically, while remaining visually connected.

GLYDE Acoustic Glass Sliders have been designed to meet the needs of future learning while overcoming the limitations of other slider systems in the market. The changing pedagogy of interactive and inclusive learning environments require new, improved building designs that facilitate small and large group activities. Teachers need to remain connected with the students, whilst allowing them to learn in various zones. The GLYDE range of non-acoustic and acoustic slider systems, that can be rated up to Rw35, provide an integral solution to how these zones are used. They permit students to actively engage with their peers and teachers without being distracted by outside noises.

GLYDE large and small format sliders lead the way in safety through the design and use of the exclusive GLYDE Anti-Slam System, GASS. The patented dampener system ensures user safety, while maintaining building integrity, when opening and closing the sliders. In addition to being safe to operate, the sliders can be installed up to 3000mmH and 3000mmW and still comply with DDA requirements.

With a wide range of configuration options of face and cavity fixed, architects and designers can create built environments that ensure students prosper. Configuration options include bi-parting, dual, triple and three-way junctions. GLYDE sliders accept different glass types, as well as solid surfaces, such as pinboards and whiteboards. They can match the interior design of the school or even refresh it.

For more information on GLYDE Acoustic Glass Sliders, visit our product page for uses, specifications and tech drawings. For CAD files or to chat with our specification experts, contact us today.[/vc_column_text]

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