IntelliFlex I/O

Automated Shades

Offering a high level of scalability, Draper’s IntelliFlex I/Ois a complete control solution for motorized window shades. It can integrate via BACnet IP, and act as a full building management system integration option in addition to delivering different levels of automated glare control.Judge’s Comment: “Automated technology is definitely unique compared to other systems on the market.”


Child-Safe Drapes

Offering the benefits of bead chain operation in a child-safe design, Draper’s FlexShade Twin Pull is designed with pull wands on both sides of the clutch which eliminates the continuous loop present in mini blinds and roman shades, and the choking hazard associated with it. The shades are easy to operate and do not require adjusting.

Renton Highlands Library, Renton, Wash.

Motorized Blinds Balance Daylighting for Washington Library

Mitigating glare and solar heat gain while promoting daylighting at the Renton High-lands Library in the Washington state-based King County Library System, Draper’s exterior motorized venetian blinds by Warema provided an aesthetic solution. The blinds can be retracted out of sight when not needed, and the louvers can be angled to provide direct light control depending on the height of the sun.


Heat Gain No More

The cassette-style FlexShade ZIP XL is delivered as a complete, enclosed unit, making installation easier. And its small profile incorporates an integrated cradle support system that minimizes the deflection that can cause wrinkles to develop in fabric shades over time. This exterior system prevents glare and heat gain from entering interior spaces.Judge’s Comment: “Excellent application for glazing that doesn’t have overhangs or louvers.”


Innovation with Dimensionality

Ever since Herman Miller’s 12-ft. × 18-ft.-high shades were disconnected for safety concerns that might fall, the furniture manufacturer’s Holland, Mich. manufacturing facility was suffering with glare from southern-facing skylights. In seeking a system to operate the large shades, Draper was tapped to design a custom wheeled hem bar with side tracks to guide the hem bars along the curtainwall slope. Draper added intermediate rollers to support the fabric and minimize sag.


New Heights in Customization

To support a beautiful façade design with unique angles and breaks in the glass for the University of Chicago’s Lab School, a highly customized shading solution was required. Draper rose to the challenge, designing a motorized shade system on tracks with re-directional rollers to help the shades follow the changes in slope. “With the changing break-line in the curtainwall glass per shade, each shade was slightly different with different length tracks, different length brackets and different numbers of brackets,” reports Draper’s director of engineering Harold Seib. “Another issue was bending the side channels/tracks. We used 3D engineering rapid prototyping mach