Bicycle Hotel

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

Won-Door provides answer to access problem

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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

Cook Childrens

Cook Children’s facility


Won-Door plays key part in Cook Children's facility

By Sharon Haddock


FORT WORTH, Texas — In what was the first children's hospital in Fort Worth nearly a century ago to one of the largest, full-service hospitals in north and west Texas today, Won-Door Corporation plays an integral part.

Won-Door supplied over a dozen doors in the north tower expansion finished in January 2012.cookhospital

In the new south tower building, there will be about 30 FireGuard Cross-Corridor doors that protect elevator lobbies, common areas and provide smoke and fire control in emergency situations.

The doors ensure safety for the hospital's new emergency department, a new surgery suite and a new heart center.

cooktower2Cook Childrens' already has one of the busiest emergency departments in the nation, with 120,000 young patients seen each year.

The new surgery suite will make room for the latest in technological advances and more efficient use of services and ceiling space.

The heart center will bring all cardiology services together on the same level.

Overall, there will be more space and more opportunity for efficiency.

Using Won-Door technology and expertise as well as sophisticated products helps make that possible and workable.

It's anticipated the new South Tower will be finished and operational by 2016, designed by RTKL Architects and built by Linbeck Construction.

Cook Childrens' Hospital public relations spokeswoman Winifred King said there are doors in the basement and on four floors protecting the classrooms, the pediatric intensive care unit, the family lounge, the gym, the snack shop and the elevator lobbies in the north tower, the south extension, and the pavilion.

Equipment in the Cook Childrens' facility is scaled for child-size bodies. The staff, which includes the largest number of network pediatric doctors in north Texas, also boasts nurses, therapists and specialists specifically trained to work with and help heal children.

Won-Door District Manager for the central Texas region, David Larsen, said, “This new complex is equipped with the latest in health care technology and in every aspect of its construction and equipment. This insures that all those who enter this facility not only receive the finest medical care but also are protected by state-of-the-art fire protection equipment should the need ever arise. Won-Door is proud to be a partner with this impressive long standing high quality health care provider.”

Won-Door provides smoke protection

Won-Door provides smoke protection and a breath of fresh air for Southwest Airlines


Won-Door provides smoke protection and Fresh air in the airline headquarters building

By Sharon Haddock

Won-Door provides smoke protection

DALLAS — In the new space for Southwest Airlines world headquarters, Won-Door provides smoke protection and a breath of fresh air, if you will.

The multiple doors in the expansion and renovation project — scheduled to be finished in 2016 — allow for open space and separate the central atriums from the common, gathering space for airline personnel.

Urmil Shah, the senior project manager for StructureTone general contractors, said the doors will protect people from smoke in case of a fire emergency.

Marti Dubission with Corgan Architects, verified that there is a Won-Door door on each of the second and third floors and two smaller ones in the renovated area.

Some existing fire doors will be removed and Won-Door products installed to replace them.

Two additional doors will be installed before summer.

The doors stack in corridor walls and only take up half the space required for other kinds of fire doors. They span from 8-12 feet wide and match the full height of the corridor.

Area District Manager David Larsen said the doors utilize the new FireGuard Cross Corridor assembly which includes the innovative and integrated flat pocket concealing lead post.

The track is recessed into the ceiling providing concealment and is painted to match the surrounding area. This, it appears there is nothing there, Larsen added.

This provides an open and free flowing environment during a normal workday.

The new headquarters expansion provides space for Southwest Airlines' 24-hour customer service, support and training, operations coordination, maintenance operations and crew scheduling.

To be known as "Headquarters West," the new, spacious, facility is west of Denton Drive, across from the Dallas Love Field Airport.

Southwest Airlines' workforce has grown from fewer than 9,000 employees in 1990 to the largest airline carrier (based on domestic departures) in the United States.

Southwest Airlines flies to 64 cities in 32 states.

The busiest airports serviced include Dallas Love Field.


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.



Katy High School and open Corridor

Won-Door Corporation provides the answer

By Sharon Haddock


KATY, Texas — Three classic FireGuard doors built and supplied by Won-Door Corporation solved the renovation project puzzle for Katy High School and open Corridor.katycross2

katy2Instead of putting in a series of double, swing, fire doors at three places in the new and attached areas of the school, the architects found one Won-Door in each area did the job — satisfying fire code regulations, using the existing firewall and creating an open, free-flow feel for a high-use hallway.

Timothy Kunz, an associate with VLK Architects out of Houston, Texas, said the goal was to maintain an open corridor and the FireGuard disappearing accordion doors made that possible.

"We could have gone with multiple sets of doors but we chose this option," Kunz said. "It's worked really well. We wanted to open that corridor."

Two doors separate the Katy West renovation from the original building's cafeteria and the other is positioned at the main entryway.

The school can open and close the doors each day as needed, facilitating a variety of activities and plans.

Tellepsen Builders completed The Katy High School addition in August 2013.

katy1The west campus was opened as an elementary school in 1951.

When a new Katy elementary school opened in 1956, the building became Katy Jr. High School.

In the 1960s, an addition brought the number of classrooms up to 39 and a music room, a metal shop and an auto shop were added.

In 1996, the building became Katy High School west, connected to the newer campus by "C" Hall, a hall a quarter mile long.

In 2011, the brigade and wrestling gyms were razed along with the school's auditorium and replaced with a new freshman campus, new gyms, a new brigade, a new dance and choir room.

"We moved the 9th grade in closer," Kunz said.

katycrossThe new 108,000 square-foot campus incorporates many of the original campus features and uses lots of windows and natural light.

Fossilized limestone from the original exterior and maple wood flooring from the gym was reclaimed and reused. The original foyer featured terrazzo floors and red terrazzo wainscoted walls.

District Manager Angele Burton, who oversees the south Texas and south Louisiana areas, recommended the Katy High School project as one where Won-Door played an essential part.