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.

University of Texas Austin College of Liberal Arts

AUSTIN, Texas — In a project focused on efficiency and flexibility, 20 Won-Door FireGuard doors play an essential and welcome role.

The doors used in the six-story University of Texas Austin College of Liberal Arts Building fit in seamlessly as they protect the fire stairs — communicating public stairs designed with integrated systems (concealed stair pressurization and fire standpipes) — and plenty of natural light.

They are out of sight, helping to create an aesthetically pleasing look while still providing the life safety function such a venture demands.

The innovative LEED Gold project was fit onto a constrained site. (To the north is a major pedestrian mall, to the west is an existing college student center, to the south is a student fitness center and to the east is Waller Creek.)

The new building was thus confined to a fairly square footprint so the design team needed to think and work creatively. They wove the natural landscape's fluid lines and the building's more rigid grid into an interesting and compelling mix, blurring inside and outside spaces.

Landscape courtyards and green roof spaces directly relate to interior gathering spaces and provide garden-like settings on the exterior.

An elevated wooden boardwalk connects the courtyard spaces without treading heavily on the landscape.

Glass panels serve as waterless water features, representing the color of Austin's river at various times of the day.

One of the major goals was to achieve functional flexibility.

Another was to allow the college to easily adapt, change, add or expand departments.

There was a conscious effort to encourage people to use the stairs rather than the elevators, collaborate between floors and make them a central feature.

The Won-Doors helped bring this about blending into a design that is responsive, open and imaginative.

The building project provided plenty of opportunities to come up with fresh ideas and new ways of achieving beauty with purpose.

Angele Burton, district manager for South Texas and South Louisiana, said the liberal arts building was the largest domestic project Won-Door closed in 2011.

The 212,000-square foot, glass and limestone, $85 million building, designed by Overland Partners Architects, has 30 modern classrooms, study rooms, meeting areas, laboratories, faculty offices and a conference center for symposiums, lectures and special events.

For the first time since the main hall was torn down in the 1930s, College of Liberal Arts students have space of their own that brings 24 departments and more than 600 faculty members together rather than spread throughout 30 buildings.

Faculty and students of different disciplines can more easily collaborate on both sides of the Student Activity Center Skybridge that connects the College of Liberal Arts building with the Department of Anthropology.

The fourth and third-floor lounges feature floor-to-ceiling glass walls that define this open, collaborative space.

Departments, programs and centers housed in the new building include Liberal Arts Honors, Native American and Indigenous Studies, Population Research Center, Plan II Honors, the Schusterman Center for Jewish Studies, Geography and the Environment, Sociology, Linguistics, Military Science, Naval Science and Air Force Science.

Randy Diehl, dean of the College of Liberal Arts, said many new buildings are described as innovative but this building truly stands out as a model for cost-effective planning and design in the 21st century.

Thomas Jefferson University Hospital Won-Door fire door

Gibbon building on the Thomas Jefferson University Hospital

Won-Door security and fire doors open the way

By Sharon HaddockGibbon Building Thomas Jefferson University Hospital Won-Door Installs Accordion Fire Doors

PHILADELPHIA — The Won-Door accordion doors in the Gibbon building on the Thomas Jefferson University Hospital campus in Pennsylvania do more than protect people from fire and harm.

They are opening the way to do more of the same.

Courtney Watson, district manager for the Pennsylvania, West Virginia and New York regions for Won-Door Corporation, says the doors are included in what could become a line of renovation projects that rely on Won-Door.

"We don't see a lot of renovation projects," Watson said. "This is a real opportunity.

"The cool thing about this is that they (Thomas Jefferson University Hospitals) share their workload with different architects through the area so they can say, 'We want a Won-Door here' and they'll listen."

Watson said the doors in the servery and lobby in the Gibbon building provide both security and fire protection between the kitchen, the dining space and (in the lobby) for the bank and pharmacy.

All six doors in the two phases have one key switch, one LCD display, one vision panel, and are tied into remote monitoring/operating software (ASL).  All of the doors are approximately 11’-6” wide and 8’ tall.

The doors are part of the first two phases of a renovation project that will now move into a third phase that takes out a Won-Door but replaces it with another.

Tony Van Dyke, the fire marshal for Thomas Jefferson University Hospitals over environmental health and safety, explains that the Gibbon building was constructed with two large atriums connecting the connecting corridors and adjacent space with large openings.

enclosed adjacent spaces," he said. "When it was determined that a fire-rated separation was needed between the atriums and the adjacent spaces, the hospital (administration) decided that the Won-Doors would be the best way to maintain the openness of the atrium and provide the level needed to protect our facility.

By installing Won-Door doors, the lighting and the openness of the atrium was maintained as well as the safest patient care environment, he said.

Thomas Jefferson University Hospitals has a total of 25 buildings in downtown Philadelphia.

Established in 1825, the Thomas Jefferson University Hospitals are dedicated to excellence in patient care, patient safety and the quality of the healthcare experience.

There are four primary locations: the main hospital (with 969 acute care beds) and Jefferson Hospital for Neuroscience in Center City Philadelphia, the Methodist Hospital in South Philadelphia, the Jefferson Hospital at the Navy Yard and one at Voorhees in South Jersey.

The hospitals are an academic medical center within the Jefferson Health System and serve patients in Philadelphia and the surrounding Delaware Valley community residents while educating tomorrow's health professionals in a variety of disciplines.

The Jefferson hospitals were named on the U.S. News & World Reports prestigious Best Hospitals Honor Roll for 2013-14 as the 17th best of nearly 5,000 hospitals in the

United States.

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.