Hillsdale College puts Won-Door to work
They add opportunities for college students on a budget to cook a quick breakfast, put together a hot mid-day snack or create a festive dinner for someone’s birthday or a holiday.
But kitchens that contain appliances for cooking, as defined by building fire code manuals and , are high hazard areas that require a 1-hour separation between them and the lounge areas around them.
At Hillsdale College, when the remodeling of three resident halls included putting in full kitchens, Won-Door FireGuard accordion fire doors provided an option for protection and allowed for maximum floor space use, and are out of sight and safe from abuse.
Todd Maurek, the architectural technicians for Progressive AE out of Grand Rapids, said the Won-Door doors fit the bill.
District manager for the area for Won-Door, Mike Stankovich, explained that when the residence halls were remodeled and updated with the shared kitchens that contained oven-ranges and microwave ovens on the floors, fire separations were required between the kitchen area and the main corridors.
“The FireGuard FGCS doors with FLP-Flat Lead-Post were the ideal solution to provide fire and smoke protection, while allowing students and occupants to exit out of the kitchen areas to the exit corridor in case of an emergency,” Stankovich said.
Stankovich said a total of six 23’ x 8' FireGuard CS doors rated at 60 minutes were used in the Simpson Hall, McIntyre Hall and Olds Hall renovations.
The doors provide fire separation between a kitchen area and dorm/living area. They are working well, said Melissa Jollands, construction administrator for Rockford Construction.
Rockford Construction worked on the Simpson Hall while Schweitzer Construction handled the Phase 2 remodel the Simpson Hall and McIntyre Hall. Foulke Construction handled the work on Olds Hall.
Hillsdale College was originally founded in in 1844 in Spring Arbor as Michigan Central College by Freewill Baptists. It was and is officially non-denominational and has fought off attempts to restrict its student population by replacing federal funding with private funding.
After nine years, the college was moved to Hillsdale, 90 miles west of Detroit and 200 miles east of Chicago, and renamed. It was the first college in the United States to prohibit discrimination based on religion, sex or race.
It was the second in America to provide the opportunity for four-year liberal arts degrees to female students.
Professor/preacher Ransom Dunn raised funds for the hilltop campus by riding on horseback over 6,000 miles of Wisconsin’s and Minnesota’s frontier country. Due to Dunn, the college survived while many founded before the Civil War closed their doors.
A higher percentage of the Hillsdale student body enlisted during the Civil War than from any other western college.
Hillsdale’s rise to prominence occurred in the 1970s.
The college offers four-year degrees in liberal arts and enrolls 1,451 full-time students. It’s an independent, co-educational, residential, non-sectarian institution. The average class size is 15 students.
Hillsdale continues to carry out its original mission today.
A Bible prayer that was placed inside the 1853 cornerstone of Central Hall reflects its continuing commitment: “May earth be better and heaven be richer because of the life and labor of Hillsdale College.”