Forest Park Medical Office Building

Forest Park Medical Office Building


Forest Park Medical Office Building

It almost sounds like a lyric for a country western song: The tallest Won-Door in Texas is in Dallas.

The door is 19' wide and 27' high and separates the new Forest Park Medical Office building at 11990 North Central Expressway in the medical corridor on Forest Lane in Dallas from the Forest Park Medical Center.

District manager David Larsen says the door presented some interesting development and placement challenges.

"The space the designers had in mind was a very open concept space with very tall ceilings and a desire to have the hospital flow directly into the medical office building with no barriers or the appearance of a fire wall or other required separation," Larsen said. "Installing the door is a little tricky simply because of the height and the risks involved with working at that elevation."

Chad Duren, associate principal with the Ascension Group in Dallas, said there really was never any question about what to use to achieve the seamless look between the two buildings.

Ascension had used smaller accordion fire doors from Won-Door in other projects when the construction called for fire separation or compartmentation.

"It's (Won-Door) something we consider every time," he said.

"The cost, which we knew would be substantial, really didn't stop us. We couldn't do anything else," Duren said. "We wanted it to look as if it were essentially the same space."

The four-story, 72,000-square foot Class A medical facility has sweeping vistas and an open, airy feel to what is actually a state-of-the-art medical campus that features medical office and retail space.

The 125,000-square foot hospital expansion includes room for 14 operating rooms, 48 private patient beds and a dozen critical care beds.

Mike George, the engineering department head for Won-Door, said Won-Door is always up to a challenge and although a door taller than it is wide is not the most common door the company builds, it's one that Won-Door engineers have learned to do successfully.

"Basically what we do is create a half-truss that we hang vertically. We then create a horizontal bar with a trolley mechanism that becomes the backbone of the door as the panels fold up. It keeps everything in position," George said.

George said this isn't the first time Won-Door has been asked to create a unique size of accordion door.

"We don't walk away from many challenges," he said.

Swedish-Issaquah hospital facility.

Swedish-Issaquah Hospital Facility

Won-Door products protect the very heart

By Sharon Haddock

Swedish-Issaquah hospital facility.Eight Won-Door FireGuard 60 doors protect the heart of the new energy-efficient, innovative, Swedish-Issaquah hospital facility.

The doors — rated for 60 minutes of fire protection and with Smoke and Draft labels — separate the elevator lobby from the medical office center and the out-patient hospital with accordion doors on each side of the elevators from the second through the fifth floors.

If there's a fire or if an alarm goes off, the doors close automatically, essentially isolating and protecting the elevators and the medical buildings on both sides.

"Won-Door definitely helped out with the code issues. Won-Door gave us a way to meet the code and still be able to provide access between the towers," said Bobby Thomsen, the project architect for CollinsWoerman, the Seattle firm  that designed the new medical center project. The complex  in the Issaquah Highlands that will help meet the health-care needs of the fast-growing community of Greater Issaquah/Sammamish. "This is the second project where we've used Won-Door. They were our first choice here," Thomsen said.

The new five-story medical center, which offers primary and emergency care, imaging, out-patient surgery, cancer patient care, physical therapy and physiatry, cardiac diagnosis and infusion, and specialty care clinics in obstetrics and gynecology, pediatrics, cardiology, gastroenterology, pulmonology, orthopedics, spine care, urology, neurology and neurosurgery, pain, otolaryngology, allergy, audiology, plastics and general surgery, will open in July 2011.

The pharmacy, the education and conference center, café and retail stories will open in July as well.

The medical 500,000-plus square foot complex is the first of its kind to be built in King County in more than 25 years.

The 175-bed hospital will open in the middle of November, 2011.

Susan Gillespie, senior project manager for the Swedish/Issaquah campus, and Lee Brei, Swedish's director of facility services, say they intend to make their first major eastside site the most energy-efficient in the region.

"We have one chance to do this project right and take advantage of the best practices in new hospital construction," Gillespie said. "The key goals are to integrate advanced technologies and processes that significantly reduce energy consumption, cut our carbon footprint and lower overall operating costs so we can provide the most cost-effective care."

Brei said the Issaquah Highlands area is known for its "green" building strategies and the medical center fits right in with an efficient building envelope, an advanced high-efficiency heating system and state-of-the-art cooling equipment, 6,000 square feet of landscaped area on the flat podium between the building towers and full sun orientation on three sides.

Hospitals traditionally spend more on energy per square foot than any other commercial building type, according to the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air Conditioning Engineers.

The Swedish complex through its innovative design and  focus on the recapture and recycling of energy will set a new standard, according to its management.

Won-Door's FireGuard doors provided the design team at CollinsWoerman with a means to achieve their design goals as well as contribute to the overall energy efficiency of the hospital.

As a product that utilizes power only when actually needed, the FireGuard doors remain out of sight until an alarm situation, at which point they are called into action, said Scott E. Lindley, District Manager for the Washington, Oregon, Idaho and Alaska region. "They utilize extremely little energy on a daily basis.

"Won-Door is extremely excited to be a part of this very high profile and innovative hospital, and to be associated with three of the oldest and best known organizations in the Puget Sound region, Swedish Hospital Sellen Construction,and CollinsWoerman" said Lindley. "It has been a privilege to be a part of the project team and we look forward to long and mutually beneficial relationships with both of these companies."

Recreation and Wellness Center expansion project

Recreation and Wellness Center Expansion Project for the University of Central Florida

Recreation and Wellness Center expansion project

ORLANDO, Fla. — Michael Rodriguez, the architect of record on the $21.7 million Recreation And Wellness Center expansion project for the University of Central Florida, knew what he wanted in the way of fire doors.

But he had to convince a skeptical building code official that Won-Door Fireguard doors would do the job.

"This official was unfamiliar with Won-Door. She really didn't trust them," Rodriguez said. "She thought they were overhead coiling doors that every time they drop, they have to have someone from the factory come out and reset them."

Rodriguez said he had worked with Won-Door in the Orange County Convention Center renovation project in California in the mid-90s and knew the product well. He wanted the Won-Door product.

"We fought and fought, brought in all kinds of literature and finally she bought off on it," Rodriguez said. "We are very happy with them and the university is very happy with them. They eliminated the need for a lot of (swing) doors and the place looks good and allows for lots of free movement."

Rodriguez said the eight Fireguard doors cost more than swing doors but pay off in dividends as far as opening up the space and demanding far less maintenance than swing doors which are constantly being opened and shut.

"The Won-Door is not used until an emergency," Rodriguez said. "Since the university wanted continuity — they didn't want students to be opening and closing doors all the time — we presented the Won-Door. They could keep a 10-foot height and still create the separation between the existing and the new."

The innovative 40,000-square feet expansion is a "green" project which means any energy generated by the students working out on the exercise machines is fed back into the main system.

That energy is converted to a direct current and sent on to a system developed by a Florida company known as ReRev that then converts it to an alternating current that is usable power, 50 watts per typical workout and a carbon negative footprint.

Won-Door fits into that scheme well, Rodriguez said, as the doors draw no power unless an emergency situation requires they close.

"It really is a cutting edge project," said Won-Door's Florida District Manager Eric Eiffert.

Sarah DiSabato, Associate Director over Facilities at the recreation center, said the Won-Doors are working out fine.

"Overall, we are happy with our selection of product as it does add to the overall attractiveness of the facility. Without them, it would look evident we added on to our facility and wouldn't give a cohesive look as parts of the building lead into different functions," DiSabato said.

Eight Won-Door Fireguard doors were used in the expansion project which added room for more cardio and fitness machines along with more free weights, essentially doubling the number of machines.

The expansion adds a multi-purpose room for intramural sports, workout classes and club use, a new outdoor lap pool, an athletic training room, an outdoor adventure room and four new racquetball courts.

Welbro Building Corporation workers broke ground in June 2009 and finished before the end of 2010. To make room, several other structures were either shifted or removed.

Welbro's project manager Paul Florence said if the university had used the regular storefront doors it would have broken up the traffic flow and seriously affected the look of the space.

It was essential to separate the existing structure from the new portion with enough fire protection to meet current codes. Three-hour Fireguard doors were used to create that barrier. One-hour Fireguard doors were used in the corridors and to separate the floors.

"It is, in effect, just one building," Florence said. "So we did not want to go with the storefront doors — the swing doors — to separate the old building from the new. The Won-Door would be open all the time except in an emergency."

The new and impressive facility opened to the public in early 2011.

The Recreation And Wellness Center is expected to receive a LEED Silver certification from the U.S. Green Building Council, the nation’s leading coalition for advancing buildings that are environmentally responsible.

Cobo Convention Center

Cobo Convention Center

Won-Door Makes the Deadline with Cobo Convention Center

By Sharon Haddock

Cobo Convention Center

Maybe it didn't really fit into the definition of an impossible mission but what the owners of the Cobo Convention Center wanted from Won-Door Corporation came pretty close.

The owners of the Detroit, Mich., facility were asking for a sound-proof, accordion fire door that would replace the six sets of existing swing fire doors and make the entrance into the Macomb Hall more user-friendly and accessible for the crowds who attend the annual North American International Auto Show.

They wanted it in Colonial Blue and they wanted it in seven weeks' time.

Never mind that the standard lead time needed for a Won-Door assembly and installation from approval, color selection and verified field dimensions is a minimum 11 weeks — and that's for a door in the traditional colors and sizes.

The Cobo Convention Center, named for Mayor Albert E. Cobo, and the centerpiece of  Detroit's Civic Center, traditionally hosts the auto show — the largest show of its kind in North America — every January.

Because the show occupies 1 million square feet of floor space, brings in thousands of visitors and generates over $500 million to the local economy, it was imperative that this upgrade to the center be finished before Dec. 24, 2010.

The 2011 show was scheduled to open on Jan. 10.

To be ready in time, a total commitment was required on the part of the architects at SDG Associates LLC, the Jenkins Construction company and Won-Door Corporation.

Mike Stankovich, District Manager for Michigan, Indiana and Illinois, said the project was a "huge success" and a great accomplishment for all of the departments involved.

That included people in the various departments at the headquarters headed by Craig Bell, Mike Hazlett, Mike George and Dave Isakson.

Karen Brown, Northern U.S. Regional Manager for Won-Door, said she signed off on the proposal because she had confidence that Stankovich would "shed light on every detail in the scope of work and collaborate with the production and installation departments to ensure a successful project."

Won-Door engineers did a two-day turnaround on the drawings.

Jenkins Construction demolished a 45-foot, concrete masonry wall in record time, then installed a 45-foot support beam, built a masonry storage pocket and a drywall bulkhead as well.

Electrical engineers tied in the door's mechanics with the Cobo Center BACnet building automation management system, making it operable by remote control.

Won-Door installation technician Aaron Hill, worked right up until the day he had to leave for his Christmas holiday installing the door.

The single-parting, Won-Door FireGuard, 30' x 10' 3 ¼" door was thus fully operational prior to the auto show opening,  providing a beautiful and acoustically insulated curtain between the main entry and the four-story concourse.

The door provides sound separation and fire protection when it is closed for events that did not require access to the main hall.

Geoffrey Harrison, president of SPG Architects, said it made perfect sense to use Won-Door for the renovation.

"We used Won-Door on the Greektown Casino project and we were very happy with the results," Harrison said.

"The Won-Door product was better technically for what we needed," Harrison said, because the next eligible bidder was offering a single-skin product opposed to Won-Door's double-skin door.

He added that Won-Door employees worked round-the-clock to meet the immovable 7-week deadline and the opening was a spectacular one given the beauty of the blue door.

Harrison said it's highly probable that Won-Door Corporation will be tapped again for new and replacement doors needed for the Cobo Center $221 million, just-announced and publicly funded ongoing renovation.

AMC Vallco Fashion Mall Fire Door Entrance Solution

AMC Vallco Fashion Mall

AMC Vallco Fashion Mall Fire Door Entrance Solution

AMC Vallco Fashion Mall

The challenge was a mighty one while the solution was relatively simple.

Owners of the property at the AMC Vallco Fashion Mall located in the heart of Cupertino, California, wanted to put a theater complex atop the two-story mall, creating a third story attraction that would revitalize the enterprise by bringing new and more customers through the existing mall and to the movies.

It would require that, in case of a fire or similar emergency, the mall and the theater levels — the old and the new — would be physically separated but still linked by double escalators.

Movie customers would be guided to use fire stairwells to exit rather than converge back down into the mall on the escalators in a crisis. Mall customers would conversely be protected from a fire on the upper floor. No one would be trapped.

Won-Door Corporation had the solution, a 3-hour, fire-rated steel accordion door — the Fireguard 180 — an elegant, folding, bi-parted door that ultimately stretched 93 feet 3 inches along three curves and stood 28 feet tall.

The crème-colored, uniquely fashioned door added beauty as well as protection to the movie entrance and met the strict California building code that existed in 2006.

At first, the owner of Landmark Properties was less than enthused about paying nearly $400,000  (actual cost: $390,200) for the door.

"At first, we were trying to figure out how to solve the problem without Won-Door because it was such a large unit and such a large cost," said Mike Rohde, general manager of Landmark Properties.  "Once we realized it really was the only solution, we were happy to go with it. We couldn't not do it."

Rohde said the door and its smooth operation has been a great program and has performed perfectly. (Sometimes it performs so well, it closes when there's only a hint of trouble such as a false alarm," he said.)

Rohde appreciates the door and the fact that Won-Door technicians have voluntarily come out to make routine adjustments.

"Our only concern was if we couldn't get Won-Door to build as big a door as the space demanded, " said Ronald Bernhardt, the project manager with Perkowitz+Ruth Architects. "Won-Door really came up with the door we needed. We're very pleased with the result."

Bernhardt said at the time Won-Door was being asked to make the largest door they had ever tried to create.

"It really stretched their capability and taxed Won-Door's engineering ability," Bernhardt said. "Fire and life safety, of course, was our biggest concern but without Won-Door, we wouldn't have been able to do as nice a project, as open and visible."

Because the Won-Door engineers produced a large enough door to close off the 93-foot span, the design for the theater complex retained a dramatic and inviting open feel.

The door went through eight different changes before the final design was approved for construction. The door was ordered in August 2006 and installed in late 2007.

"Everything we do is customized to the job. We have no doors sitting around," said Mike Carter, district manager for Won-Door Corporation. "We designed this door with the architect and the engineers involved every step of the way."