Tough Problem Solved With a Won-Door
By Sharon Haddock
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.
" 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.
Tom Nordquist, district manager for Won-Door Corporation for the Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, Utah and Wyoming areas, said the doors curve nicely around standing 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."