Photo courtesy of St. Andrew's School

Photo courtesy of St. Andrew’s School

It is always fun to see and read about award winning projects in which Draper has participated.  It is even more fun when we are given the opportunity to work with the design team to meet exact needs with custom designs and special modifications to existing products.

One such project where Draper gymnasium equipment is used is the Sipprelle Field House at St Andrews School in Middletown, Delaware.  Sipprelle Field house meets the school’s athletic department needs, manages to respect existing campus buildings and was Delaware’s first school building to receive LEED® Gold certification.  The project includes a 3 court gymnasium with fourteen Draper Backstops (6 – TF-20 Front Braced Forward Fold and 8 – TF-20S Bent Stem Front Braced Forward Fold), 2 Fold-Up Divider Curtains, a Smart Gym Control System, 2 CVS Volleyball Systems and lots of EcoVision™ GreenGuard® Certified Fire Rated Wall Pads.  Draper’s exclusive dealer for Delaware, Union Wholesale ( sold and managed the  project and also provided expert installation.

As the basis of design for Athletic Equipment section, the project architect Voith & Mactavish Architects (VMA) consulted with Draper on product selection and advice on meeting certain goals for this project that was designed from the start to be an award winner.  After winning the project, our salesperson, Eric McDaniel, and our designer, Brandon Whistler, worked closely with the dealer, contractor and project architect to successfully modify our standard backstop designs to minimize the amount of supplemental overhead structure and still maintain an extremely stable design.    We were successful in supplying eight side court backstops and both divider curtains that attach to just the roof support structure and yet still fall in the right court locations.  Each of the six main court backstops was designed to only require three supplemental support tubes. All overhead equipment was powder coated white to match the roof structure so that it virtually disappears when in the folded position.

You can see more photos and learn more about this nice project by clicking on the below links.

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