Room Dividers Divide And Conquer
Santa Monica Boulevard Charter School was using filing cabinets to separate one large multipurpose room into a technology center, storage area, office-and one-one-one learning environment for special education students. After a quick search on the internet, the school found an affordable and timely solution to their problem: Screenflex Portable Room Dividers.
Like so many other schools in Southern California and across the nation, Santa Monica Boulevard Charter School was extremely cramped for space. Budget cuts and the demand for new programs force school administrators to do more with their space. Filing cabinets were being used to separate one large multipurpose room into three distinctly separate, needed areas.
“Needless to say, it was not working out,” said Linda Lee, Technology Coordinator at the school. “The students could see right into the other work areas and it was extremely noisy and distracting for everyone.”
But like so many other schools, Lee knew she would have to make the most of the space she had to work with in the school. The charter simply could not afford any more classrooms, and even if it could, waiting was not an option. The school was expecting 1,500 students in the fall special education students would be without a private place where resource specialists could conduct speech therapy if she didn’t move fast.
It’s easy to find things these days using search engines. After a quick search on the internet for Portable Room Dividers, Linda found Screenflex Portable Room Dividers, an Illinois-based manufacturer of versatile, portable dividers. The company offers online space planning as well as free information kits to help make the decision-making process easier for facilities managers and other district personnel. All of their products are made in our United States of America.
“Everything I needed was right there on their website,” said Linda. “I placed the order and in less than three months, I had the space I needed at a cost our school could afford.”
For about $10,000 Santa Monica Elementary School’s large 26 feet by 24 feet multipurpose room was transformed into four separate areas: one 9 by 13, one 15 by 13, and one 17 by 9 room, as well as a 7 by 9 storage area. The walls are 6 feet tall and include three doors, which help to create more private study and work areas, the mallard green color fabric blends in nicely with in the school’s decor and surroundings.
Screenflex designed the Room Dividers so that speech therapy could be conducted in one area, teachers could prepare lesson plans in another, and items could be stored in the remaining section. As the school needs change, the size and use of the new rooms can adapt as well. All of the dividers are on casters so they can be easily wheeled away and stored in just minutes. They fold neatly and compactly, accordion style, so that the large multipurpose room can still be used for assemblies, programs, or special events as often as necessary.
“As your needs change, you can open a room back up and you would never know the dividers were there,” said Steve Bonesz Marketing Manager at Screenflex. “That is the beauty of portable room dividers.”
Bonesz said this versatility makes dividers an excellent alternative not only to conventional construction, but to modular classrooms as well.
“A school may have tremendous growth one year, but a significant decline the next,” said Bonesz. “Portable Room Dividers allow your school to change its use of space as its needs change at a lower cost than using modular classrooms.” Where school referendums fail, this is more true than ever.In addition to portability and versatility, Screenflex Room Dividers also offer a look schools can be proud of. They come in 31 different colors, including fabric and vinyl finishes that are tackable and can be conveniently used to display students’ artwork or papers. Room Dividers are also readily available in six different heights: 4’, 5’, 6’, 6’-8”, 7’-4”, 8’ and lengths come in sizes from 5’-9” to 24’-1”. In addition, Screenflex’s patented FREEstanding dividers can be locked together to form unlimited lengths, depending on your own school’s needs. Wide “clear vision” end frames, full length hinges and partition controllers add unmatched stability.
Doors, windows, dry-erase marker boards, and a variety of other features can be also be added to make your dividers more aesthetically pleasing and functional. All Screenflex dividers are shippable by truck and requires no assembly upon arrival. Costs start at $510 and many dividers are available in stock for immediate delivery. Light Duty, Heavy Duty and Wall Mount dividers are also available in a variety of heights, lengths, colors and price points.
Portable Room Dividers today are being used by high schools, colleges, churches, hospitals and even minor league baseball teams. They can transform a gymnasium into a Sunday school, a cafeteria into a study hall, or a conference room into a private meeting place. The hospitality, government and corporate markets use the popular divider to create training rooms, bulletin boards and sometimes just to hide “stuff”!
“The options are as endless as the imagination,” said Bonesz. “There are really no limits to what you can do with them.”
For more information on Screenflex Room Dividers including a list of happy customers near you, or a free planning guide, visit Screenflex Portable Partitions on the web at www.screenflex.com or call (800) 553-0110.