Won-Door doors pull the north and south together

Won-Door doors pull the north and south together

Won-Door doors pull the north and south together

Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County

CINCINNATI — In the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County in Ohio doors from the Won-Door Corporation make a seamless, protective, transition between the north and south buildings.

Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton CountyAccording to District Manager Courtney Watson, who oversees the Kentucky, Ohio, upstate New York, Pennsylvania and West Virginia areas, the two curved doors in the new addition provide protection for a wide-open stairway that connects four different spaces on the first floor of the new building.

Two straight doors in the building connector and two more in the bridge provide area separation protection.

All of the doors have been in operation since 1997 and are still working beautifully, Watson said. They just passed inspection again in March 2016.Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County

Architect Tim Timberman for WA Architects, specified the doors for his design.

The main library, on the west side of Vine Street between Sixth and Seventh streets, has been a prominent part of downtown Cincinnati since 1874. Viewed as the most magnificent public library building in the country at the time, it features a towering atrium with a skylight ceiling, a contemporary design and plenty of open space.

Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton CountyThe original 200,000 square-foot building, dedicated to Hamilton County residents who died in World War I, World War II and the Korean War, today is the cornerstone of the main library Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton Countycomplex.

In 1982, a 360,000 square-foot renovation was added that encompassed the entire block, with five floors wrapping around the 1955 building to create one of the largest public library buildings in America.

In 1995, work began to expand across Ninth Street with a four-story bridge linking the north and south buildings which is where Won-Door doors come in. The North Building opened Jan. 15, 1997 and renovation of the South Building was finished in Dec. 1997, bringing the square footage to over 542,527 square feet.

Won-Door is the solution for O.C. Tanner restoration

Won-Door is the solution for O.C. Tanner restoration

Won-Door is the solution for O.C. Tanner restoration


Won-Door is the solution for O.C. Tanner restorationSALT LAKE CITY — Continuity. The preservation of light and space.

That’s what Won-Door products helped to provide in the O.C. Tanner headquarters restoration and remodel.

The four FireGuard accordion fire doors installed in the front entrance area of the building at 1930 S. State St. in Salt Lake met both the fire protection and egress requirements and worked with the design to create a light, lovely, open space.

Because the doors are recessed in storage pockets, they are virtually out of sight when there’s no emergency.

“It was the only way to have glass and the openings we wanted in the new entrance,” said Cecilia Uriburu, an associate with FFKR Architects. “We wanted to provide continuity while allowing for 600 or more people to pass through on a daily basis.”

Uriburu said Won-Door FireGuard horizontal doors was the only and best solution.

The architectural firm used four Won-Door doors in the project: two 23’ wide doors and two 40’ wide doors.

“We’re very happy with it,” Uriburu said.

O.C. Tanner was founded in 1927 as a maker of fine jewelry and provides rewards as well as service and performance recognition awards for businesses, individuals and organizations around the world.

The company has offices in Canada, England, Australia, Singapore, Frankfurt, Mexico City, Hong Kong, Shanghai, India, Tokyo and Salt Lake City with 8,000 clients in 150 countries.

O.C. Tanner provided the award medals for the 2002 Olympic Winter Games and commemorative rings for the 2000 Sydney Games, the 2004 Athens Games, the 2006 Torino Games and the 2010 Vancouver Games.

Tom Nordquist is the District Manager for the Won-Door region that includes Arizona, Colorado, Utah, New Mexico, Wyoming and southern Nevada.

Baylor business building benefits from Won-Door installation

Baylor business building benefits from Won-Door installation

Baylor business building benefits from Won-Door installation


Baylor business building benefits from Won-Door installationWACO , Texas — In the new, sleek, Paul L.Foster  business and innovation campus at Baylor University, Won-Door FireGuard doors play an important yet inconspicuous role.

The FireGuard accordion fire doors provide critical protection and egress in the case of fire or emergency while meeting all code requirements.

They encourage the use of stairs and allow for open connection between all four floors of the new 275,000 square campus for business and innovation housing Baylor’s Hankamer School of Business — finished in July of 2015.

Adam Bush, an architect with Overland Partners, (the design and prime architecture firm with the project) said the FireGuard doors allow for efficient, open connection and circulation around the central atrium which is a central design feature of the project.Baylor business building benefits from Won-Door installation

The atrium functions like a town center, connecting multiple programming components like faculty offices, classrooms, and conference spaces and meeting rooms along with department suites with faculty offices. The flow of students across the space keeps ideas flowing. Likewise, an auditorium and conference center connected to the atrium not only provide a resource for campus development but a valuable touch point between students, lecturers, potential recruiters and alumni.

Won-Door FireGuard doors, which remain in shallow storage pockets during normal business hours, allow for that obstruction-free flow without disruption through the building.

District Manager Angele Burton describes the project as innovative and creative.Baylor business building benefits from Won-Door installation

“I was excited to be a part of this project and work with Overland Partners again,” Burton said.  “We had 26 doors total in the building, most of which were used to keep the stairs open.  Overland Partners is a firm that truly understands how and where to use Won-Door!”

Baylor University is a private Christian University and a nationally ranked research institution with more than 16,000 students from the United States and more than 80 countries.

With programs that are consistently ranked among the top for business scholars, Baylor’s Hankamer School of Business needed a building that telegraphed the fact that the university is educating leaders for the 21st century.

The Foster building creates a modern environment of community as it honors Baylor’s heritage, values and traditions.

While Baylor’s neo-Georgian structures bear witness to the school’s history the business school — designed by Overland Partners of San Antonio, Texas — stands ready to build for the future alongside the past with rich tradition feeding world-class innovation.Baylor business building benefits from Won-Door installation

Overland Partners envisioned a modern, light-filled, innovative, building core composed of glass and wood wrapped in an exterior that features red brick and a stone base reflective of the traditional historical campus architecture.

Won-Door FireGuard doors played perfectly into that vision.

compressed stack doors solve multiple problems

Won-Door Compressed Stack doors solve multiple problems at Mary Couts Burnett Library

Won-Door Compressed Stack Doors solve multiple problems

compressed stack doors solve multiple problems


FORT WORTH, TEXAS — Won-Door FireGuard 60 compressed stack doors proved to be the simplest solution to a tricky problem in the Mary Couts Burnett Library.

Ping Cai, the architect for Hahnfeld Hoffer Stanfield of Ft. Worth, said the doors from Won-Door allow the space to remain open visually until the need for fire and smoke protection arises.

The doors are at the end of a double height space, Cai said.

While generally Won-Door systems feature and span very large openings, these doors are small for a reason.

Two are 11-foot smoke barriers while other doors stand ready to shut out smaller openings as fire barriers.

compressed stack doors solve multiple problemsThe smaller doors are 5' wide or less and yet provide egress in both directions because the door swing issue and minimum exit width opening is eliminated using the horizontal sliding door technology.

Integrated pocket cover doors conceal the pockets from view and tastefully hide the fire doors from view.

The larger doors create a seamless transition at a sky bridge connection and remain hidden from view when not needed while providing uninterrupted sight lines at both ends of the sky bridge connection.

David Larsen, district manager for the area, explains that the stairway — which is very visible — needed to be enclosed without intrusion into the design.

In order to maximize the available opening, the Won-Door system provides the maximum clear openings while providing dual direction exiting. The same result could not be achieved using swinging exit door due to swing issues and the need to meet minimum corridor width requirements, Larsen said.

"The FireGuard doors solve both a code compliance exiting issue and an aesthetic concern around the stair enclosure and perfectly unites both buildings at either end of the sky bridge. That would have been almost impossible without the use of the FireGuard compressed stack doors,” he said.

Cai said she considered Won-Door doors for another difficult project years earlier and Won-Door has since been an option for her.

In this case, “they are the simplest solution,” Cai said.

The Mary Couts Burnett Library is located on the campus of Texas Christian University. It was built by Linbeck Construction.

Trey Heavlin, an engineer on the project for Linbeck Construction, said the three-level addition provides a new main entrance along with a re-skinning of the existing facade of the wing built in the 1980s.

Bicycle Hotel

Won-Door provides answer to access problem at Bicycle Hotel and Casino

Won-Door provides answer to access problem

answer to access problem

BELL GARDENS, Calif. — With the addition of a 99-room, 5- star luxury hotel to the Bicycle Casino, the architect needed a way to ensure crowds could freely move from the casino floor to the hotel area.

The way needed to be open and, in the event of a fire or similar emergency, a way that could be closed off quickly.

Won-Door FireGuard accordion doors were the answer.

Wade Kao, the project architect for Lee & Sakahara Architecture of Irvine, said the expectation is that in an emergency situation there will be between 800-900 people coming through the north end area that connects the hotel with the casino.

“The door needed to be a bi-parting door. We couldn’t deal with a single part door,” Kao said. “And we needed a three-hour separation.”

Won-Door Director of Strategic Accounts Mike Carter said the door installed is a 36’ x 11’6” FireGuard door between the old and new areas.

Carter said the project shows the flexibility of design when utilizing Won –Doors accordion folding fire-doors in large occupant load facilities while not disturbing the day-to-day operations of an assembly area.

There are also 6’ 6” x 8’ 0” FireGuard 90 doors in each of the five hotel tower elevator lobbies.

Kao said he didn’t want a hold-open door in the lobbies so again, Won-Door provided the solution.

The 7-story Bicycle Hotel and Casino with 117,907 square feet of space, completed in the fall of 2015, is one of the world’s largest casinos, located near downtown Los Angeles.


Hillsdale College puts Won-Door to work

Hillsdale College puts Won-Door to work

Hillsdale College-four HILLSDALE, MI. — Kitchens in a student residence project are welcome at Hillsdale College.

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.Hillsdale College-four

“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.

Hillsdale College-threeAfter 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.

Today, Hillsdale College covers 400 acres and occupies 51 buildings with 13 single-sex residence halls and six Greek houses..Hillsdale College-two

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.”

Guilford High School

Won-Door at the heart of the new high school


Won-Door at the heart of the new high school


GUILFORD, CT. — In the new Guilford High School at 605 New England Road, there's a bow tie type of function in the center of things.Guilford High School

That's where the three specially curved Won-Door FireGuard doors play their part, separating and converging the egress access from the three levels of the atrium.

"The basic design of the building incorporated a curved sight line. The architect also designed the stairwells, where the Won-Doors were used, to have larger than usual landing areas," District Manager for the New England area, Jeremy Jasper, said. "Because of Won-Door's ability to supply egress accordion-style doors for large openings as well as radius construction, it made this a perfect application for the Won-Door fire door system.""guilford5

"It's right at the heart of the building," explained Jess Saylor, project architect with Tai Soo Kim Partners of Hartford, Connecticut. O&G/Fusco Joint Venture associates built the school that was designed by Tai Soo Kim Partners.

"The stairs are right past the knot.
Saylor said the Won-Door doors make it possible to secure the space and still open it up for the high volume of foot traffic.

The exit hardware — which is a feature of all Won-Door FireGuard products — allows someone trying to leave the area to push a paddle and prompt the door to open for a pre-programmed distance, pause for 4-5 seconds and then close again.

The dean of students at Guilford said this feature is popular. The door in the high school is programmed to open a five-foot window on demand and as needed for a short time.

The three-story, $92 million school building opened in September and replaces the existing high school in Guilford. It features a central commons area that doubles as a cafeteria and lobby for surrounding spaces and classrooms that adapt to a wide variety of teaching and learning modes.guilford3

Lorri Hahn, communications coordinator for the Board of Education, said the 208,000 square-foot school will house 1,153 students in grades 9-12.
guilford2Members of the current student body not only have had the chance to watch the new school take shape but signed their names on the last beam put into place at a "Topping off" ceremony on March 7, 2014.

The old school will be demolished with only the former science lab area saved for a re-purpose.

Won-Door part of the Crayola Experience

Won-Door part of the Crayola Experience

Won-Door part of the Crayola Experience

By Sharon Haddock

Won-Door part of the Crayola ExperienceORLANDO, Fla. — At Crayola Experience, youngsters can delight in and discover the magic of color.

They can color inside and outside the lines, play, explore, create and learn with 25 different hands-on attractions in 70,000 square feet of space.

"Won-Door is part of this unique adventure at the new Crayola Experience Orlando in The Florida Mall providing life safety, and no one even knows we are there," according to Eric Eiffert, Won-Door Florida District Manager.

Won-Door has their newest FireGuard Cross Corridor door with its own integrated pocket cover door in place between the retail store and the Won-Door part of the Crayola Experienceattraction lobby, 22' wide and 8.5' tall.

Designed for Crayola by Callison architectural firm in Los Angeles, Calif., the door serves as fire separation between the covered mall building and the anchor building which formerly was a Nordstrom's store. Normally in the open position, hidden in its pocket, it is also able to be closed in a non-fire condition as an access control barrier, if needed by the store staff.

Crayola11 copy"At Crayola Experience we immerse our families in color and creativity," said Senior Vice President and General Manager of Crayola Attractions and Retail Victoria Lozano. "Our mission is to raise creatively alive kids, and this attraction helps to do just that."

In a single day, a child can star in his or her own coloring page, then watch his creations come to life on huge projected surfaces. Kids can watch a live theater show featuring the animated crayon characters, Scarlet and Turk, make melted wax drip art and doodle in the dark. Families can eat at Café Crayola, buy unique souvenirs and products at the Crayola Store and even name and wrap their very own authentic Crayola crayon.

Won-Door part of the Crayola Experience

Located at 8001 S. Orange Blossom Trail, Crayola Experience is open year-round for family and group outings, birthday parties and school field trips.

About Crayola Experience: Discover the magic of color at Crayola’s premier and one-of-a-kind family attraction: Crayola Experience! Twenty five hands-on attractions await families in Easton, Pa. — the Won-Door part of the Crayola Experiencebirthplace of Crayola crayons — Orlando, Fla. and Mall of America (opening Summer 2016.) Bigger, brighter and bolder than ever, the colorful adventures of Crayola Experience help kids and adults alike explore art and technology, express their creativity and experience color in a whole new way. Also featuring live entertainment. To learn more, visit or join the conversation at


Won-Door folds in nicely to Toll House Hotel renovation


Won-Door folds in nicely to Toll House Hotel renovation

By Sharon Haddock

Won-Door folds in nicely to Toll House Hotel renovation

LOS GATOS, Ca. — When it came time to add and upgrade restaurant space in the Toll House Hotel on Santa Cruz Avenue in Los Gatos, Won-Door fire doors provided a way to do that without disturbing the famed hotel's ambience and charm.

Glen Shikora, restaurant manager of the Verge, which is part of the 115-room, three-floor hotel that snuggled into the base of mountains in the quaint California town, said the renovated space opens up to the lobby so hotel and restaurant guests can walk freely between the two.

"It was certainly the right piece of equipment (for us)," Shikora said. "We are very happy with our choice."Won-Door folds in nicely to Toll House Hotel renovation

He said the doors fit in nicely, do their job well and satisfy the fire marshal's requirements.

The restaurant opened quietly in early February followed by a grand opening April 13 in 2015.

Two Won-Door FireGuard doors that wait concealed in the walls by the restaurant entrance are each seven feet tall. One is 13'6" long and the other is 5'10".

Shikora said there will eventually be hinged cover pocket doors hung over the openings to further conceal the protective doors. When the FireGuard doors activate, the cover doors will flip aside and the accordion doors will slide into place to separate the restaurant and lobby from fire and smoke in an emergency.

Won-Door folds in nicely to Toll House Hotel renovationDistrict Manager for northern Nevada and northern California for Won-Door, Cheryl L. Domnitch, said the Toll House Hotel, built of wood frame construction, required an occupancy separation between the recently renovated restaurant/lounge and the hotel registration lobby.

"The solution to include two Won-Door Accordion Folding Fire Doors allowed for the two spaces to communicate more openly, creating a more welcoming and inviting entrance into the Verge Restaurant and Lounge," she explained.
Colin Russell of Russell Architects, designed the renovation. McDevitt Construction did the construction.Won-Door folds in nicely to Toll House Hotel renovation



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.