Memorial Hospital North Looking over Railing

Memorial Hospital North in Colorado Springs

Tough Problem Solved With a Won-Door

By Sharon Haddock

Memorial Hospital North upwardAfter a routine safety inspection of the atrium area in the Memorial Hospital North in Colorado Springs turned up trouble, project manager Norman Wolfe and his associates were flummoxed.

The Colorado state health and safety inspectors were not happy and wanted the vertical enclosure situation changed to better protect the public in case of a fire or Memorial Hospital North Curved Track and Strickeremergency.

David Friedman, an architect with Heery International, said smoke evacuation using rooftop fans would be cumbersome and expensive.

The irregular shape of the space would make it impossible to use horizontal metal shutters, especially with more open space next to the atrium.

Memorial Hospital North Looking over Railing"We needed an innovative way to resolve the problem," Wolfe said. "We went through several options and came up with the Won-Doors.

" Friedman said he and others in his firm worked very closely with a Won-Door representative in Utah who helped neatly solve the problem. The state inspectors were comfortable with the result and it's aesthetically pleasing, Friedman said.

Two FireGuard 180 doors now enclose the two-story area and effectively close off the open area from the lobby and cafeteria.

"We didn't realize it would resolve the problem so easily and well," Wolfe said. "It was a really unique and creative solution.

" Wolfe said the main hospital in downtown Colorado Springs has several small Won-Door doors but it was a revelation to him to find the doors available in the lengths needed for the atrium closure.

Memorial Hospital North Looking over RailingOne door is 37' 11 3/4" x 9' 7 ¾" and the other is 41' 8 3/8" x 9' 7 ¾" with multiple 5-foot radius curves.

Tom Nordquist, district manager for Won-Door Corporation for the Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, Utah and Wyoming areas, said the doors curve nicely around Memorial Hospital North Strikerstanding support columns and close out of sight.

The 80-bed community hospital built in 2007 at 4050 Briargate Parkway was retrofitted in 2012 by Bassett Construction out of Pueblo, Colo.

Wolfe said he honestly wasn't sure if there would be an affordable and doable solution to the problem at first.

Friedman said it helped immensely that the safety officials were familiar with Won-Door products and the door's reputation for reliability.

"Now that I know what Won-Door can provide, it opens up options," Wolfe added. "We would certainly look to use them again."

Joplin High School After Won-Door

Joplin High School rebuild

Won-Door part of Joplin High School rebuild

By Sharon Haddock


Joplin High School Rebuild Before Won-DoorJOPLIN, Mo. — When a monster tornado hit Joplin, Missouri, on May 22, in 2011, it

blew through with winds of over 200 mph and cut a wide six-mile stretch of destruction through the area.

Joplin High School Rebuild After Won-DoorThe E5 (Enhanced Fugita) storm, the deadliest tornado on record since officials began keeping record in 1950 and the 7th deadliest in United States history, destroyed 7,500 homes, 550 businesses, blasted open a hospital, several schools and caused the deaths of 161 people.

Joplin High School was one the schools torn apart by the storm's fury leaving 2,200 students left without a home base for their high school classes. (They've since been meeting for class at a Joplin mall.)

By the start of the 2014 school year, though, a new school will be finished — a spacious, 3-story school with a bigger gymnasium, a performing arts hall and an impressive plan for safer spaces within 450,000 square feet built up against a hill on the east side of Joplin.

Won-Door Corporation is an important part of that rebuild with 14 FireGuard doors in the $92 million school, on schedule to open within the 2014 school year.

Robin O'Rourke, an architect with the DLR Group in Omaha, Nebraska, said the 14 doors separate various areas so that in the event of an emergency, each area would be blocked off from the specific situation.

"We typically use Won-Door," she said, noting that choosing the FireGuard accordion doors was really a logical decision based on the building code and the needs.

Won-Door District Manager David Larsen explained that the FireGuard door system is designed to operate using a computer which can remotely operate and control the doors from a central location, including locking and unlocking upon demand.

"The primary feature of the school design is being able to compartmentalize the building into quadrants that can be isolated from the remainder of the building in the event of an emergency situation," Larsen said.

The new school is combined with the Franklin Technology Center, which will include green features and a natural creek running through the middle of the property.

The project is being paid for with donations, FEMA funds and insurance reimbursements.

Aegis hotel exterior

Aegis Living on Madison Project

Won-Door FireGuard doors make all the difference

By Sharon Haddock

SEATTLE — The Won-Door doors in the vibrant new Aegis Living on Madison Project will effectively divide the hall corridors in the event of an emergency says the project manager.

That means everything to those charged with safeguarding precious lives.

"The doors appear to function well which in my line of work is just about perfect," Andrew Bjorn said. Bjorn works for

Anderson Construction, the company that built the assisted living facility which opened Oct. 2013 in Capitol Hill.

The six FireGuard accordion doors close in the middle of the main corridors on each level.

Bjorn said the doors meet the prescribed code and offer life-saving protection to

residents who would require additional time to exit in an emergency.

"These doors provide a smoke and fire barrier," Bjorn said.

Carl G. Cary, district manager for Won-Door's Pacific Northwest area, said Won-Door products have been chosen for all of the recent Aegis projects which makes a positive and impressive statement on its own.

Aegis Living is a national leader in the senior living industry, a privately owned company founded in 1997 by Dwayne Clark and committed to providing the highest level of care for elderly patients.

Clark has gone on record as being committed to providing care he would want for his own loved ones.

Each project includes features designed with "the safety and joy of our residents in mind."

Aegis Living offers Assisted Living, Memory Care and specialized short-term care with 30 communities in three states.

The grand opening of the Aegis Living on
Madison Project is set for Jan. 18, 2014.

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A Loft Hotel

Aloft Orlando Hotel


By Sharon Haddock

Aloft Orlando hotel Downtown Sign

Aloft Orlando hotel Downtown Sign Different Angle

Aloft Orlando hotel Downtown Won-Door Closing

Aloft Orlando hotel Downtown - Won-Door Open Area

Aloft Orlando hotel Downtown - Won-Door Panel

Aloft Orlando hotel Downtown - Won-Door Closing

Aloft Orlando hotel Downtown Stairs

ORLANDO, Fla., — Described by journalists as "hip," "chic," and "stylish," the newly opened Aloft Orlando Downtown hotel is bringing vitality back to the heart of the city's business district.The new hotel marries the historic and latest in trendy. The 118-room hotel, a $20 million adaptive re-use of the former Orlando Utilities Commission headquarters, sits adjacent to Orlando's City Hall at 500 S. Orange Ave.

Aloft Orlando Downtown is a Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. property owned by GDC Properties and operated by Yedla Management.

Won-Door FireGuard doors are part of the excitement with six FireGuard 60 CC doors used in the elevator lobbies and two FireGuard CS doors in the building's basement.The doors allowed the architect to open up the space and still provide a high level of fire protection and guest security.

"This was an interesting project done on a very tight schedule," said Eric Eiffert, Won-Door District Manager for the Florida area, Eiffert said the building designers wanted to create more open lobby space without the need for traditional swing type doors. The Won-Door products allowed them to do that.

Architect Ray Acosta (a principal with Baker Barrios) has kept the commission building's terrazzo floors, marbled walls and teak wood paneling but added high-speed connectivity throughout.  President of GDC Properties, William Ingraham, says the new hotel preserves the historic fabric of Orlando while adding an exciting destination element to the downtown area for visitors and residents.  Aloft hotels are specifically designed to encourage interaction between guests and the community.

The Aloft guest is always connected and on-spot, said Brian McGuiness, senior vice-president of Specialty Select Brands for Starwood.  Inside, there's a fitness center, a ballroom, a spacious common area, a signature WXYZ bar with live entertainment and eating facilities.

A staircase backlit by L.E.D. lights runs from the lobby area to the lower level open meeting space with floor to ceiling windows. The building's exterior is illuminated at night with vibrant L.E.D lights as well.


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Kensington Community Church

FireGuard doors keep "Kids Zone" open and safe

By Sharon Haddock

Kensington Community Church building exterior


Kensington Community Church - Won-Door LAKE ORION, MI. — The FireGuard Compress Stack doors used in the new Kensington Community Church building don't just keep the "Kids Zone" area safe and inviting.

They provide peace of mind.

In case of an emergency, the doors are ready to close and separate the areas of play and worship from fire and smoke and danger.

The rest of the time the doors are discreetly hidden away, helping preserve a wide-open, accessible entrance.

Mike Stankovich, Won-Door's District Manager for the Michigan, Indiana, Illinois area, said he piqued the architect Brad Klein's interest in using the FireGuard technology when he made a luncheon presentation months before the project hit the drawing board.

Kensington Community Church - Won-Door Open"I saw this as an excellent application for the new Compressed Stack FireGuard doors," Stankovich said. "The doors are in the upper range of the FGCS door range and are a great test of this new FireGuard version assembly."

Klein, project architect for Stephen Auger & Associates, opted to use the existing structural columns at the entrance to the "Kids Zone" and divide the FireGuard doors between them.

Initially the separation was designed using one wide Bi-Parting FireGuard door, said Stankovich. That changed.

Two Won-Door FireGuard 90 S doors are now part of the 72,000 square-foot Kensington Community Church project. They are 20 'x 11' 4" doors with flat lead posts and packaged with the new unitized track and header system (which replaces the plywood and gypsum board header assemblies).

The doors incorporate Individual Door Status Display Modules, which give a consistently updated visual readout while monitoring the "health" of the door's operating system.

Jason Rewold, the contractor for Frank Rewold & Son, said Won-Door personnel were easy to work with and the doors are working well in the building. "I would use Won-Door again," he said.


Kensington Community Church - Won-Door ClosingThe Orion township church, located by 4640 South Lapeer Rd in Lake Orion, is the fifth Kensington Community Church facility in America. Four are in Michigan, one is in Orlando, Fl.

The new $10 million facility with a 1,500-seat auditorium, meeting space, children's areas and a drive-through coffee shop, is intended to be a regional hub for north Oakland County.

Kensington Community Church offers high-tech Sunday services, plenty of edge and rock music and invitations to those people who aren't drawn to traditional churches.

The church draws up to 12,000 people each week and, according to a billboard near the building, is "A church for people who don't like church."

The church building is in a prime location, located just north of Auburn Hills off 1-75.

The new building is seen by some of a sign that Kensington's unconventional approach to Christianity is successful.

The church has raised nearly $18 million in recent years, despite the struggles in the American economy and plans to put in additional branches in the Orion area in upcoming years.

San Diego Central Library

San Diego Central Library

Won-Door part of new iconic San Diego Central Library

By Sharon Haddock

SAN DIEGO — With its iconic lattice-work dome, the New San Diego Central Library is changing the skyline of the city.  It's high-tech, innovative and visually impressive while it pays homage to San Diego's architectural history and serves the community in new ways.

Won-Door Corporation is a part of this $185 million project with seven 20' accordion FireGuard doors at seven open elevator lobbies.  "It's a futuristic project," said Michael Carter, Director of Strategic Accounts for the southern California area.  "It's one that has been on the drawing board for 15 years or so. I have worked on this for 10 years."  Carter said the new library will bring new life to the outskirts area of San Diego as well as make a mark in the architectural world.

The new library design has actually been 35 years in the making, involving hundreds of people and ideas as it celebrates the area's climate and multi-cultural demographic.  It opens to the public Sept. 30, 2013 at 330 Park Boulevard in downtown East Village.

Doug Wenck, with Turner Construction, said the building has changed the city's visible profile. The dome stands out among the skyscrapers and commercial buildings in the surrounding East Village area.  At the same time, it offers seamless gathering space for concerts and cultural events, houses an impressive collection of books and media, offers the use of 400 computers and GPS capability.

A charter high school, e3CivicHigh, is located on two of the library's floors.  The building is a shade making structure and provides ample fresh air space throughout its nine stories and 497,652 square feet.

Won-Door helps make the open feeling permeate the building as the elevator lobbies are protected by FireGuard doors that stay out of sight until there's a reason to activate them for fire and smoke protection.  Amanda Pritchett, with Tucker Sadler  & Associates said, the Won-Door doors are wonderful in that they're completely invisible and will continue to be so until they are needed.  "Obviously, the hope is that we don't ever need them," Pritchett said. "It's wonderful."

Rob Wellington Quigley, the principal architect on the project said the new library connects and separates the various community elements, the past, present and the future.  "That is really the essence of the dome," Quigley said. The story of the library is featured in a television segment currently being shown on  "We think it's the first of its kind in the United States," Mayor Jerry Sanders said.

San Diego Central Library exterior

San Diego Central Library with Won-Door

San Diego Central Library with Won-Door Closing

San Diego Central Library with Won-Door Alternate Angle

San Diego Central Library with Won-Door Closing Alternate Angle

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San Diego Central Library with another Won-Door

Thomas Jefferson University Hospital Won-Door fire door

Gibbon building on the Thomas Jefferson University Hospital

Won-Door security and fire doors open the way

By Sharon HaddockGibbon Building Thomas Jefferson University Hospital Won-Door Installs Accordion Fire Doors

PHILADELPHIA — The Won-Door accordion doors in the Gibbon building on the Thomas Jefferson University Hospital campus in Pennsylvania do more than protect people from fire and harm.

They are opening the way to do more of the same.

Courtney Watson, district manager for the Pennsylvania, West Virginia and New York regions for Won-Door Corporation, says the doors are included in what could become a line of renovation projects that rely on Won-Door.

"We don't see a lot of renovation projects," Watson said. "This is a real opportunity.

"The cool thing about this is that they (Thomas Jefferson University Hospitals) share their workload with different architects through the area so they can say, 'We want a Won-Door here' and they'll listen."

Watson said the doors in the servery and lobby in the Gibbon building provide both security and fire protection between the kitchen, the dining space and (in the lobby) for the bank and pharmacy.

All six doors in the two phases have one key switch, one LCD display, one vision panel, and are tied into remote monitoring/operating software (ASL).  All of the doors are approximately 11’-6” wide and 8’ tall.

The doors are part of the first two phases of a renovation project that will now move into a third phase that takes out a Won-Door but replaces it with another.

Tony Van Dyke, the fire marshal for Thomas Jefferson University Hospitals over environmental health and safety, explains that the Gibbon building was constructed with two large atriums connecting the connecting corridors and adjacent space with large openings.

enclosed adjacent spaces," he said. "When it was determined that a fire-rated separation was needed between the atriums and the adjacent spaces, the hospital (administration) decided that the Won-Doors would be the best way to maintain the openness of the atrium and provide the level needed to protect our facility.

By installing Won-Door doors, the lighting and the openness of the atrium was maintained as well as the safest patient care environment, he said.

Thomas Jefferson University Hospitals has a total of 25 buildings in downtown Philadelphia.

Established in 1825, the Thomas Jefferson University Hospitals are dedicated to excellence in patient care, patient safety and the quality of the healthcare experience.

There are four primary locations: the main hospital (with 969 acute care beds) and Jefferson Hospital for Neuroscience in Center City Philadelphia, the Methodist Hospital in South Philadelphia, the Jefferson Hospital at the Navy Yard and one at Voorhees in South Jersey.

The hospitals are an academic medical center within the Jefferson Health System and serve patients in Philadelphia and the surrounding Delaware Valley community residents while educating tomorrow's health professionals in a variety of disciplines.

The Jefferson hospitals were named on the U.S. News & World Reports prestigious Best Hospitals Honor Roll for 2013-14 as the 17th best of nearly 5,000 hospitals in the

United States.

Westfield San Francisco Centre

Westfield San Francisco Centre

Won-Door part of successful downtown Westfield San Francisco Centre

By Sharon Haddock

Westfield San Francisco Centre

WESTFIELD, Calif., — Microsoft wanted to offer a dramatic customer experience at its new store in the Westfield San Francisco Centre mall on historic Market Street.

So when the designers decided to open up the entire 70-foot storefront, Won-Door became the key element, a way to keep the clean and airy expanse while still providing fire and smoke protection.

Jim Keenaghan, the project manager for J.T. Magen & Company, Inc., said the protective FireGuard door was the solution to meeting San Francisco City safety standards.

"It was the only option," he said.

The bi-parting door can pull completely across the expanse of the storefront when triggered for an emergency, providing an effective barrier between the store and the rest of the mall. The rest of the time, the door is hidden away out of view.

Catherine Tubbs, Won-Door's district manager for northern California and northern Nevada, said there are many Won-Door doors in the mall but the one for the Microsoft Retail store is of unusual length to accommodate the extreme width (68' 6.5" x 9' 3.25").

"The interesting part of the design is that the door is an off-set bi-part with 53' of the door coming out of a pocket at a radius," Tubbs said. "By bi-parting the door in this manner the client is able to take advantage of the total opening width and yet offer the ability to close this space down in fire mode."

The Westfield San Francisco Centre mall is a premiere, high-end, shopping center — one of the three largest shopping centers in America — with six-story anchors as well as over 200 specialty stores.

Twenty million people visit the shopping center each year.

Adolph Feiss founded the center, known as The Emporium, in 1896, as a cooperative of privately owned retail stores on Market Street.

The cooperative quickly became the flagship store (and the hub of social activity) of the northern California department store chain and held that position for almost 100 years.

Concerts took place there every Saturday night, featuring talent on stage in the two-tiered bandstand and café under the dome designed by Parisian-trained American architect Albert Pissis.
The fires that followed the 1906 San Francisco earthquake ruined The Emporium except for the Market Street beaux arts façade. However, the basic structure with its celebrated dome was rebuilt and the area has remained a popular shopper's destination.

Forest City Enterprises and The Westfield Group began a $460 million rebuild in 2006, restoring the neoclassical façade and legendary dome and finishing more than 1.5 million square feet in retail space in the heart of the downtown.


North Atlanta High School

Won-Door part of ground-breaking inner-city campus

By Sharon Haddock

North Atlanta High SchoolATLANTA — When you talk ground-breaking, the new high school in north Atlanta rising from the ashes of an old office complex did that, does that, and continues to prove it's quite possible to be something different.

Collins Cooper Carusi Architects, Inc., along with Cooper Carry & Associates are taking 56 acres of opportunity and turning what was a complex of aging IBM office buildings (including two 11-story towers) and turning them into a beautiful, workable, LEED-certified high school campus.  At the same time, they are showing the country — particularly school districts looking for more land and space — that valuable, finite inner-city space can be effectively and efficiently repurposed.

Won-door FireGuard accordion doors are part of the project providing doors for 48 openings, separating and protecting, among other access points, the express elevator doorways that will transport students rapidly to the upper floors.  "We definitely had a challenge with this project. Oh, man," said Margarita R. Perez, the onsite architect for Collins Cooper Carusi Architects, Inc. "We needed to get 2,400 kids up to the classrooms on the upper floors.  "Our primary concerns were the up-and-down access and security. That's where the Won-Doors came in."

Won-door helps make easy and safe access for the surges of students trying to make their way from class to class on different levels.  "We needed elevator lobbies with large openings and we still had to meet code. Basically we were handed a glass box to work in," Perez said. "Our openings had to be quite large to really allow the kind of flow we needed."  Perez said the Won-Door FireGuard doors and a destination elevator system (that groups people in the elevators according to the various floors they want) solved many of the problems.

Fred Rotter, district manager for Won-door for Georgia, Atlanta and Tennessee Area said the project is being watched by school districts across the nation.  "Has anyone ever seen an 11-story high school before?" Rotter asked. "I believe this is a first."

Perez knows of a couple of similar projects in New York City and in Chicago but one is a new school on virgin land rather than adapted property.  She believes the North Atlanta High School is quite unique in that the school is being built where buildings already existed for a very different use.  Perez said her firm and the contractor ended up modeling almost every move so as to be sure that they were doing would work with existing low ceilings and infrastructure.

Won-Door engineers came out and assisted in fitting the accordion door supports into the space without conflicts.  "In the future, I would include Won-Door much earlier in the process," Perez said. "They were extremely helpful."

The land for the project was sold to the Atlanta Public School System for $56 million. It will cost the district $70.9 million to convert the building, a total of $132 million for the new campus — a fair price given the fact that virtually no inner-city 60-acre plots are available for purchase in the area.  "Adaptive reuse" is the modern term for something like taking office towers and making impressive educational space from them.  "I do think others will look at this and be interested in what we've done," Perez said.

One of the original towers was razed, the other renovated into 400,000 square feet of learning space (modern classrooms) as well as a cafeteria, administration offices, media center and library in the three lower floors.  The new tower will house the gymnasium, a 600-seat auditorium, a theater and performing arts space.  Each building is 400' long by 100' wide with the dimensions and low ceilings dictated by what had gone before.  The parking lots have become ball fields laid out among the existing woods.

North Atlanta High School's interim principal Mark MyGrant said the campus is a dream site for a high school.  The new campus is one of the largest investments by Atlanta Public Schools on the north side of Atlanta in decades and is a response to significant increases in enrollment numbers.  Perez said she is most interested in checking back in a few months to see how it all works from a student's perspective.  "You know, from having been in high school, you stop to talk to a girlfriend and then still have to get to class on time on the 11th floor. You can only solve so much as an architect."

The new North Atlanta High School at 4111 Northside Parkway, Buckhead, will open in the fall of 2013.

Virtua Voorhees Hospital campus in New Jersey

Virtua Voorhees Hospital campus in New Jersey

Won-Door plays a double role at Virtua Voorhees

By Sharon Haddock

Won-Door products perform two essential jobs at the Virtua Voorhees Hospital campus in New JerseyVirtua Voorhees Hospital campus in New Jersey.

During the fit-out phase of construction, the FireGuard 60S door was used in the "E" lobby to provide safe separation between the atrium and the entrance of the diagnostic imaging suite, protecting the imaging suite from the ongoing construction.

Then the security function was deprogrammed making it possible for personnel to check out one door assembly rather than several when circumstances required it.

In addition, the Won-Door FG-60S is equipped with an optical obstruction detector to insure that the path of the door remains clear.

That's critical for an automatic door located in an area that will see a number of informational displays designed to go in and out of the main entrance.

The combined result provides transparent and unobtrusive fire and smoke separation while maintaining the openness of the E Lobby.

It improves the interior environmental health of the building, said Will Saraceni, Won-Door District Manager for the New York City and New Jersey areas.

"I like this application most because the doors meet differing functions in the life cycle of the project," Saraceni said. "During the tenant fit-out phase, it provided security between the Imaging Suite and on-going construction in the "E" lobby area.

"Upon completion it was repurposed to serve as a transparent fire separation and egress from the Imaging Suite into the  mezzanine area."

Virtua Voorhees Hospital campus in New Jersey provides state-of-the-art, high-level medical care in a family-centered, elegant atmosphere.

The 120-acre Virtua Voorhees Hospital campus in New Jersey campus  includes a 368-bed inpatient bed tower, a medical office building, a pediatrics medical office building, and an ambulatory care center designed by Hammel Green & Abrahamson of Minneapolis, MN and constructed by Gilbane Construction Co., Philadelphia PA.