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Nationwide Insurance

San Antonio, TX United States

 

Project Description

Nationwide Insurance opened a $90-million campus in Westover Hills, Texas. The company’s new building earned a first-ever FORTIFIED for Safer Business designation from the Institute for Business and Home Safety (IBHS) for its ability to withstand natural disasters, such as tornados and windstorms.

To optimize the building’s picturesque location in the Texas Hill country, the design team – 360 Architects and SpawGlass – sought to balance views with visual comfort and productivity. Daylighting and shading solutions – including RB 500 motorized roller shades with 3% and 5% openness fabrics – became a key component in the success of the building.

The clients wanted the building’s design to be energy efficient and eligible for LEED certification. This required solar control systems that would moderate the heat of San Antonio summers, while maximizing views to the outside. The final approach needed to include motorized systems to integrate with the building’s lighting and HVAC systems. And of course, the specified solutions had to fall within the project’s budget.

360 Architects incorporated daylighting strategies into the early stages of their design and planning. The architects selected the RB 500 roller shade operating system with Whisper Motors™ because of its durability and ability to integrate easily with other building systems. The technology also provides the system with over 46,000 unique command capabilities. This ultimately means a virtually unlimited level of control for the owners and facility managers. Acoustics were also a factor. The system operates with Whisper RQ motors that can lift larger shades while operating at a quieter sound levels, in line with normal office conversations.

The motors’ powerful torque also helped reduce the project cost. One motor can operate up to six panels of fabric with an overall width of 30 feet. That high performance allows designers and architects to save resources on motorization and to reduce the cost of the overall system.

For integrated control, RB 500 roller shades were linked into a Siemens BACnet building management system. This system in turn connected to HVAC systems and Crestron light controls. As the amount of natural light entering the building changes, the system adjusts accordingly. Roller shades are raised or lowered, interior lighting brightens or dims and the AC system powers up or down.

San Antonio’s climate influenced the choice of roller shade fabrics with different levels of openness to maximize the building’s energy efficiency. The Nationwide datacenter features fabrics with 3% openness to the East and West, where the most amount of sunlight strikes the building, and 5% openness to the North and South. The 3% fabric will block 97% of ultraviolet radiation entering the interior. A dark color fabric was selected to reduce glare and preserve views to the outside, while allowing subtle but natural light to enter the workspace.

 

Project Details

Nationwide Insurance
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  • General Contractor: SpawGlass 
 
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    $9,000,000
 
 

Specified Products

Hunter Douglas Contract RB 500™ Roller Shade Operating System

The RB 500™ Roller Shade Operating System features sleek design, smooth operation and unrivaled inner strength. A versatile modular operating system accommodates chain, crank and motorized applications. Hunter Douglas designed the system to ensure easy installation, safe operation, and long product life.

Key Features:

Heavy-duty metal clutch provides smooth and easy lift capabilities.

Over 200 FR fabrics, including E Screen with KoolBlack™ Technology, and Cradle to Cradle Certified GreenScreen® Revive™.

Modular operating system accommodates chain, crank and motorized applications.

Universal spring-loaded end plug mounts shades securely and provides for smooth and easy installation.

Counter balance weight system provides for ease of lifting roller shades over large expanses.

Hunter Douglas Contract Whisper Motors™

Whisper Motors™ bring quiet power, versatile controls, and reliability to Hunter Douglas Contract’s comprehensive selection of energy-efficient roller shades. Whisper RQ motors allow for intermediate stops, group control and timer controls that can send status reports to update shade positioning for ultimate precision. A versatile, new control allows the shades to integrate with any other automated and/or building management systems, making it ideal for both new construction and retrofits.

Offering powerful, whisper-quiet operation, Hunter Douglas’ motorized shades bring the ease of use and reliability that has garnered international respect for the brand. The operating system uses Whisper HDC 100S and 100RQ motors for 156” wide shades and Whisper HDC 200S and 200RQ motors for heavy-duty, up to 240” wide shades. The motors allow for intermediate stops, group control and timer controls that can send status reports to update shade positioning for ultimate precision. A versatile, new control allows the shades to integrate with any other automated and/or building management systems, making it ideal for both new construction and retrofits.

Benefits

Quiet Operation: The motors are tested to operate below the level of quiet office conversation.

Power: Standard motors can operate shades up to 240" wide and 144" in height. Solutions for larger shades are also available.

Versatility: The motors were designed with best-in-class control boards that integrate with a wide range of other systems via dry contact, serial, or other protocols.

Convenience: Motorized shades are easy to operate. It is possible to open or close multiple shades with the touch of a switch, or the click of a mouse.

Automation: Research shows that automated sun-tracking shades enable energy savings from lighting and HVAC systems by maximizing control of glare and solar heat gain.

Oversize Shades: Motorized systems are a good option for shading large windows, as the weight of an oversized shade can make it hard to operate.

Design Customization: Hundreds of fabric options are available for motorized roller shades, in addition to aluminum horizontal blinds, Duette® Honeycomb Shades, Silhouette® and Vignette® shadings, which all allow for light and glare management.

 
 

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