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Project Details

Union South
University of Wisconsin-Madison
Madison, WI, USA

CG Schmidt

Operable Partitions

The Frank Lloyd Wright prairie-style inspired architecture of the Union South combines unbelievable beauty with optimal flexibility. As with prairie style designs, the operable walls blend in with the natural accents of the space. The real wood veneers enrich the décor and add to the acoustical performance of the movable wall dividers.

A LEED® Gold project, the Union South hosts hundreds of university events per semester and the Varsity Room is one of the most-used spaces on campus due to the university-run hotel located within the facility. The Hufcor 600 Series panels move effortlessly on overhead aluminum tracking systems that are time-tested for durability and smooth operation. Since so many flexible set ups are required weekly by a mainly student staff, the facility needed to move smoothly for all of the banquet setup staff to move these tall panels.

In addition to the operable panels that divide the ballrooms, Hufcor installed a custom timber-framed sliding door system to provide egress from each of the meeting spaces. The doors offer panic swing doors and can be folded and stacked into adjacent storage closets, allowing free flow into common areas outside the meeting rooms.