Won-Door Opens Up at Valley View Middle School
By Sharon Haddock
EVERETT, Wa. — Michael Stevens, the principal architect for Dykeman Architects on the Valley View Middle School project, says he hadn't used a Won-Door product before in his work.
But he's certainly happy now that Dykeman decided to use not just one, but seven, Won-Door FireGuard accordion doors in the three-story building that houses seventh and eighth-graders from all over the area.
"The reason we landed on Won-Door was really for the flexibility," Stevens said. "We used them to access the classroom wings and to open up the stairway enclosure."
If not for the accordion doors, Stevens said the stairway would either have been glazed or walled off, cutting out light and easy access. "They came about fairly early in the design process," he said.
The doors are a standard platinum color and of standard sizes, positioned in the school in various locations, standing ready for an emergency or fire situation.
"It wasn't an aesthetic choice," he said. "Since the doors are mostly open and in the pockets until they're needed."
Echoing this statement, Scott Lindley, Won-Door’s District Manager for the Pacific Northwest region, said “By using our doors to protect the openings in Vertical Exit Enclosures, as defined in IBC Section 1022.3, Dykeman was able to both improve lighting conditions and the security of these spaces.”
Additionally, by using the 7th door to protect an opening on the third floor that was triggering the “atrium” provision of IBC Code, Won-Door was able to contribute to substantial six-figure savings for the School District by eliminating the need for a smoke evacuation system. “That a single door could contribute to such substantial savings is a testament to both the architect’s creativity and the flexibility of Won-Door’s FireGuard doors”, said Lindley.
Valley View Middle School is part of Snohomish School District 201 and has a student body of 700 students. The original building was demolished in 2011 to make way for the new 169,000-square-foot building at 14308 99th Ave., SE in the Snohomish, Wa., area. The new $50 million school doubles the capacity and has 24 classrooms, six science labs, a computer lab, a library, a performance arts area, a gymnasium and solar roof panels. An open house is scheduled for Nov. 1, to allow the general public to tour the new building.