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.


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.”

Virtua Voorhees Hospital campus in New Jersey

Virtua Voorhees Hospital campus in New Jersey

Won-Door plays a double role at Virtua Voorhees

By Sharon Haddock

Won-Door products perform two essential jobs at the Virtua Voorhees Hospital campus in New JerseyVirtua Voorhees Hospital campus in New Jersey.

During the fit-out phase of construction, the FireGuard 60S door was used in the "E" lobby to provide safe separation between the atrium and the entrance of the diagnostic imaging suite, protecting the imaging suite from the ongoing construction.

Then the security function was deprogrammed making it possible for personnel to check out one door assembly rather than several when circumstances required it.

In addition, the Won-Door FG-60S is equipped with an optical obstruction detector to insure that the path of the door remains clear.

That's critical for an automatic door located in an area that will see a number of informational displays designed to go in and out of the main entrance.

The combined result provides transparent and unobtrusive fire and smoke separation while maintaining the openness of the E Lobby.

It improves the interior environmental health of the building, said Will Saraceni, Won-Door District Manager for the New York City and New Jersey areas.

"I like this application most because the doors meet differing functions in the life cycle of the project," Saraceni said. "During the tenant fit-out phase, it provided security between the Imaging Suite and on-going construction in the "E" lobby area.

"Upon completion it was repurposed to serve as a transparent fire separation and egress from the Imaging Suite into the  mezzanine area."

Virtua Voorhees Hospital campus in New Jersey provides state-of-the-art, high-level medical care in a family-centered, elegant atmosphere.

The 120-acre Virtua Voorhees Hospital campus in New Jersey campus  includes a 368-bed inpatient bed tower, a medical office building, a pediatrics medical office building, and an ambulatory care center designed by Hammel Green & Abrahamson of Minneapolis, MN and constructed by Gilbane Construction Co., Philadelphia PA.

Shands Hospital cafeteria Won-Door closing

Shands Hospital / Health Science Center Cafeteria Located on the University of Florida Campus

Won-Door plays a part in modern eatery at Shands Hospital

By Sharon Haddock

Shands Hospital / Health Science Center Cafeteria

In Florida, Won-Door Corporation is involved in a university cafeteria where the cooks think outside the box.

In September 2010, when Morrison Healthcare Food Services took over the $2.5 million remodel of the Shands Hospital / Health Science Center cafeteria located on the University of Florida campus, Director of Food and Nutrition Services John Tibbetts said a commitment was made to offer a healthier menu — one that increased fiber content while limiting fats and sodium.

"The goal of the menu is to provide great-tasting, attractively presented, healthy food in an environmentally conscious manner," Tibbetts said.

Dieticians, chefs and workers in the test kitchens create a base menu of traditional favorites but mix in a diversity of choices like ropa vieja and tilapia with roasted cherry tomatoes.

"Each year, the traditional comfort foods like meatloaf and fried chicken act as a base and are surrounded by new and seasonal items," Tibbetts explained.

The new cafeteria area thusly includes a deli bar, a sushi bar, a Tex Mex grill station and a brick-oven pizza station. It opened in December 2011 with a second phase completed in January 2012.

The Shands Hospital cafeteria offers a complete breakfast, lunch and dinner menu with hot entrees, soups, a salad bar and nutritional desserts along with takeout options.

In addition to the Classic meal line, there is an exhibition food station where food is prepared at the per guest request.

Consideration of regional issues is critical in menu customization, Tibbetts said. After all, Morrison is owned by Compass Group, a $9.8-billion company that spans 44 states and  98 countries.

With Shands' location in a college town, Tibbetts said environmental issues are a big concern. Recently, Morrison has been concentrating on sustainability and buying locally when possible.

"Morrison menus have focused on more sustainable seafood, cage-free eggs, hormone-free dairy and biodegradable packaging," Tibbetts said.

Custom Won-Door accordion doors are part of that unique remodel project with three single parting FireGuard doors 8' 3 1/4" high in lengths of 9, 15 and 16 feet.

Florida District Manager Eric Eiffert said the doors in the teaching hospital are in a high traffic area in a very busy hospital which makes it a high visibility project for Won-Door.

"The doors allow free-flowing movement of people in and out of a very busy cafeteria without the need to install traditional cumbersome swing-type fire doors," he said.

The doors are standard platinum since the doors are pocketed and generally out of sight until they're needed for fire protection.

The University of Florida is a public institution founded in 1853 with an undergraduate enrollment of 32,660 students.

The campus covers 2,000 acres, two miles away from downtown Gainesville.

The school has well-regarded graduate programs including its engineering school, the Hough Graduate School of Business, the Levin College of Law and the College of Medicine.

San Francisco Campus of Heald College Student Corridor

San Francisco Campus of Heald College

Opening the way at Heald College

By Sharon Haddock

San Francisco Campus of Heald College classroom corridor

At the San Francisco campus of Heald College, Won-Door helps open up the world — at least  for the nearly 200 students coming from the assembly hall and adjoining classrooms into the main corridor of its core building.

Instead of traditional swing doors that tend to bottleneck and slow progress, the main Won-Door FireGuard door stays completely out of the way, well concealed until it is needed.

Then it glides out smoothly and efficiently to provide a protective barrier against fire, smoke and noise, a safety corridor that provides a place to be out of harm's way.

Heather Dennis, the architect with Ware Malcomb out of San Ramon, Calif., said the Heald College project provided her the first opportunity to work with Won-Door Corporation and she was duly impressed.

Dennis said Won-Door really was the only solution to the problem presented when the fire marshal said the corridor and classroom space must be separated in case of a fire.

The college officials did not want dry wall or traditional swing-type doors so Won-Door solved the problem, she said.

The door installed in the campus building was extra long and extra tall, Dennis said, but works perfectly as it's completely concealed the majority of the time yet there in case of need.

Catherine Tubbs, the district manager in the area for Won-Door, said it was an honor for Won-Door to be included in a project with the kind of prestigious reputation that comes with Heald College.

Installer Nick Mattia said there are actually two Won-Door products in use on the campus, one that separates the hallway and the elevator and the bigger one that separates the classrooms and the corridor.

Both work efficiently and well, he said.

Founded in 1863, the San Francisco campus is the original home of Heald College, a leading, private, career college that offers programs in healthcare, business, legal and technology.

The 60,000-square-foot facility is conveniently located in the heart of the financial district with close proximity to Fortune 100 and Fortune 500 employers.

The first business college in the western United States, Heald College traditionally has offered small classes, personal attention and a hands-on learning environment.

Over 145 years ago, Edward Payson Heald opened the first Heald College in San Francisco, California. Heald's mission was, and continues to be, to prepare students for business careers by providing them with career education that focuses on practical education and learning.

Heald College has persevered since 1863, weathering two major earthquakes and two World Wars.

As the needs of the workplace changed, the Heald College curriculum evolved from business courses to include technology, healthcare and legal degrees.

Famous alumni from Heald College include the founder of Bank of America, A.P. Giannini, restaurateur "Trader Vic" Bergeron, museum founder M.H. de Young and former governor of California, Hiram Johnson.