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.

Nationwide Children’s Hospital

Nationwide Children’s Hospital

Won-Door products are part of Nationwide's effort to care for children

By Sharon Haddock

Nationwide Children's Hospital

COLUMBUS, Ohio — In the hallways of the Nationwide Children's Hospital are 18 appealing animal sculptures including a wooden rabbit, a duck and a squirrel that are part of a magic forest.

They provide a sense of comfort and security for very sick, young patients who come to Columbus for care and healing.

Won-Door does the same from behind the scenes with the FireGuard doors that separate the main hospital from the traffic areas in emergency situations. One 100-foot door is poised at the base of a monumental staircase. Others are strategically located on the lower levels, the 2nd, 6th and 31st floors.

Each provides a measure of safety in a crisis that can be relied upon.

That fits with the mission of Children’s National Medical Center which is to excel in care, advocacy, research and education through innovation and excellence, to be the standard against which all others are measured in a bright and happy place that feels like home.

Since a group of women in central Ohio first dreamed of the hospital and it's grown from a local treasure to a national resource, the mission has stayed the same: "Improve the lives of children regardless of a family's ability to pay."

Fittingly, as the city celebrated its bicentennial in 2012, Nationwide Children's Hospital celebrated its grandest achievement in its 120-year history and changed both the city skyline and the future of pediatric care.


The new 12-story main hospital, the largest pediatric care facility in the nation, and the hospital's third research building opened on June 11, 2012, adding 750,000 square feet of clinical space to the medical campus at 700 Children's Drive.

Medical staff, along with patients and their families worked alongside the architects and designers to create the facility that is not only a state-of-the-art medical campus but environmentally friendly. It took seven years of planning and four years of construction.

Jason Rickenbacher, district manager for the Ohio/Kentucky area for Won-Door Corporation, described the hospital expansion as "a very inviting, very interesting" project.

"This was a great project to work on with Turner Construction," Rickenbacher said. "There were many challenges and Turner was great to work with from start to finish. For whatever reason it is always fun to sell the big door like the one at the monumental stair but on this project all of the doors were just a little different making the whole project fun and challenging."

Okey Eneli, vice-president of engineering services for the hospital, said there are seven Won-Door doors in the expansion on multiple floors.

Okey’s focus is on ensuring that excellent medical care is supported by world-class facilities.

“In health care, there’s a lot of emphasis on utilities," he said. "For instance, power must be available 24 hours, seven days a week, so backup generators are routinely tested. From pressurized rooms to light balance, no small detail is overlooked. Great care is taken to make sure the environment in which kids or patients receive their care is not compromised at all."

Pentagon and Department of Commerce fire door safety use Won-Door

The Pentagon and the Department of Commerce Buildings

Won-Door does its part for national security

By Sharon Haddock

Pentagon and Department of Commerce fire door safety use Won-Door

In Washington D.C., the Won-Door Corporation is doing its part for national security with fire-rated safety accordion doors standing ready to protect and secure.

The Pentagon and the Department of Commerce buildings both utilize the Won-Door FireGuard door as a part of their fire and safety plans. Both buildings have tremendous historical and current significance.

The Pentagon is the headquarters for the United States Department of Defense.

Designed by George Bergstrom and built by general contractor John McShain, the building was dedicated Jan. 15, 1943.

It's the largest office building in the world, with 6.5 million square feet of space for 26,000 workers.

It has five sides, five floors above ground, two basement levels and five ring corridors per floor with a total of 17.5 miles of hallways plus a five-acre central plaza that is shaped like a pentagon.

In the Pentagon, there are more than 100 Won-Door accordion folding fire doors in the five building wedges, protecting cross corridor traffic from fire, smoke and potential calamity.

The ongoing renovation project began 18 years ago and continues today.

Originally, Won-Door products were brought in to replace the bank of swing doors that were continually damaged by the streams of utility carts transversing the halls. These corridors are more than 13 feet wide and the clear openings were reduced to half of that with the limitations of the swinging doors.

The cost of replacing the damaged cross-corridor doors made it economically wise to put in new Won-Door accordion folding fire doors providing the added benefit of unimpeded cross traffic flow and clear corridors.

For the Pentagon, the safety doors added a new measure of protection as the doors were also integrated to the security system.

Jeremy Sibert, project manager for Hensel Phelps Construction who handled the Pentagon Restoration said, "Every time the fire alarm goes off, the doors close automatically and work perfectly as designed. The Won-Doors meet the rigid performance guidelines of the project."

Following the 9/11 terrorist attack in which the Pentagon lost power after an American Airlines plane crashed into the building (killing 125 people inside), government officials realized they needed a low-level exit plan that would provide people path illumination in an emergency, similar to that utilized by airplanes.

Won-Door engineers came up with an electro-luminescent package for the Pentagon doors. This package included audible voice exiting instructions, strobe light exit locators and markings on the doors that could be seen in the dark.

"When the building lost power, it was dark and difficult to see," said Jeff O'Brien, Won-Door District Manager for the Washington, D.C. area. "There was a need for something that would provide a guide out of a dark interior. As a result, we integrated a number of special features on our fire doors that are standard for the Pentagon."

The new doors also had to be engineered for stability given the strong and constant air movement in the Pentagon's long, enclosed, hallways.

"Of an added benefit is the low maintenance required for reasonably priced fire protection," O'Brien said.

For the Department of Commerce project, the designs had to take the recommendations of the National Historical Committee into account.

The Herbert C. Hoover Department of Commerce building, located at 1401 Constitution Avenue was started in 1927 and completed in 1932 (at that time the largest office building in the world) and is part of what is known as the Federal Triangle of official structures.  The building is owned by the General Services Administration and serves as headquarters for the U.S. Department of Commerce.

Rectangular and built in the Neoclassical Greek Revival style with Doric columns on three sides, pavilions, statues and six interior courtyards which provide natural light and ventilation to the inner offices.  The sprawling structure makes up almost the entire west side of the triangle with more than 3,300 rooms connected by 1,000 feet of unbroken hallways.

The National Aquarium is in the basement and the White House Visitor Center is on the first floor. The Department of Commerce Library is also located inside and at one time, the official Population Clock was housed in the lobby.

To preserve the building's historical integrity, little could be added or changed.

Three Won-Door FireGuard doors were installed in the cross corridors, hidden in their pockets. The doors were a cost-effective solution that not only brought the building up to current life and safety standards but matched the stone interior and decorative metal ceiling without the use of floor tracks.

"There was nothing else they could have done to meet the fire and safety codes and historical standards," said O'Brien. "Won-Door was the answer."