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.

Ikea Miami

IKEA includes Won-Door FireGuard door Miami store


IKEA includes Won-Door FireGuard door Miami store


Ikea MiamiMIAMI, Fla., — Just inside the front doors of the IKEA Sweetwater store in southern Florida is a hidden Won-Door FireGuard door.Ikea Miami

The fire door would mostly go unnoticed by the customers coming in and stepping into the upper floor but in case of a fire or similar emergency, the Won-Door FireGuard door could make a life-saving difference.

The general contractor, Balfour Beatty Construction, put in the 22' x 12' door between the garage and the public retail space to provide the required fire rating.

The FireGuard fire door will provide 180 minutes of protection against smoke inhalation and heat damage if there is a fire or emergency situation.

Gustavo Castro, a project engineer for Balfour Beatty, said the door is one of a kind for the IKEA stores.

Ikea Miami"It's been working. It separates the atrium and the retail space," Castro said. He said the door serves as part of achieving the fire rating needed.

Eric Eiffert, district manager for the Florida area, said GreenbergFarrow of New York is the architect on record for the project.

Ikea MiamiThe 416,000-square foot IKEA store opened on August 27th of 2014, the 39th such store in the United States and the largest in south Florida.

On the average, IKEA stores offer between 350,000-450,000 square feet of retail space featuring home furnishings for a global market.

Ikea Miami


Heart Pavilion at the Lankenau Medical Center


By Sharon Haddock


lankenau1WYNNEWOOD, Pa. — Doctors, administrators and patients alike, are singing the praises of the new Heart Pavilion at the Lankenau Medical Center opened in the late summer of 2013.

The Won-Door Corporation is part of that pavilion and related campus buildings.

"The doors offer an open design throughout, allowing for all of the natural light to come in from the exterior wall of windows," said Courtney Watson, Won-Door District Manager for the area. "The open design also provides better airflow and traffic flow throughout the buildings."

The 19 FireGuard doors are a combination of straight track doors, doors that follow a curve, traditional nose-style lead post model doors and the newer compressed stack, flat lead post model, doors.

Sixteen doors are in the pavilion: three each at the visitor elevators on three floors, one on the street level and on the mezzanine level in the waiting areas and two in the patient wing onlankenau2 the fourth floor.

Two more doors are in the center building and connector building waiting area.

Another door in the south Medical Office Building is at the atrium.

The point-of-access doors in front of the elevators provide fire and smoke protection while still maintaining an open design feel in and around the elevators.

Two provide occupancy separation (in the waiting areas) while two more provide a seamless transition between old and new construction.

Two provide cross-corrider protection. The atrium door provides vertical opening protection.

The doors range in size from three feet to 22 feet in length and approximately eight feet to almost 11 feet tall.

lankenau3Kerry F. Sehulster, who works in the engineering department of the medical center, handles the fire alarm and security concerns for the facility.

Sehulster said all of the doors at the medical center provide an effective barrier to fire and smoke when they are activated.

The Lankenau Medical Center is one of the region's oldest and most honored hospital facilities. The center is ranked as one of the top five hospitals in Philadelphia and one of the top 10 in Pennsylvania by U.S. News and World Report in 2014.

The hospital was started in 1860 as a 50-bed facility known as the "German Hospital of the City of Philadelphia" offering admission to "unmarried persons paying 25 cents a month."lankenau5

The Heart Pavilion was constructed as part of Main Line Health's Lankenau Heart Institute. Main Line is a regional health system with more than 2,000 board-certified physicians, four acute care facilities and a large network of patient care locations.

Lankenau Medical Center is home to Lankenau Institute for Medical Research (LIMR). LIMR is one of a few freestanding, hospital-associated research centers in the nation dedicated to advancing patients’ health and quality of life.


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Memorial Hospital North in Colorado Springs

Tough Problem Solved With a Won-Door

By Sharon Haddock

Memorial Hospital North upwardAfter a routine safety inspection of the atrium area in the Memorial Hospital North in Colorado Springs turned up trouble, project manager Norman Wolfe and his associates were flummoxed.

The Colorado state health and safety inspectors were not happy and wanted the vertical enclosure situation changed to better protect the public in case of a fire or Memorial Hospital North Curved Track and Strickeremergency.

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.

Memorial Hospital North Looking over Railing"We needed an innovative way to resolve the problem," Wolfe said. "We went through several options and came up with the Won-Doors.

" 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.

Memorial Hospital North Looking over RailingOne door is 37' 11 3/4" x 9' 7 ¾" and the other is 41' 8 3/8" x 9' 7 ¾" with multiple 5-foot radius curves.

Tom Nordquist, district manager for Won-Door Corporation for the Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, Utah and Wyoming areas, said the doors curve nicely around Memorial Hospital North Strikerstanding 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."