Construction began on the new $11.6 million performing arts center in the Spring of 2018. Initially, electronic access control wasn’t included in the original bid, but the school district decided to add additional security measures after the project broke ground. Adding electronic access control to a construction project after it has begun could cause major scope shift, but with the Hager powered by Salto HS4 system, it wasn’t as difficult as one would think.
The Southerly is a multi-family community that offers a contemporary lifestyle with all the modern conveniences. Besides the high-end amenities like a heated saltwater swimming pool and bocce and cornhole courts, making sure the tenants were safe was a prime consideration when the architects and developer were planning this project.
Each project we work on is unique in some fashion. Sometimes though, a project comes along that touches the heart and with it the realization there is an opportunity to assist and support beyond delivering quality products and outstanding service. Such a project and story came along in 2010 for Sheryl Simon, CSI, CDT, our Senior Architectural Specifications Consultant.
In her role as Hager’s architectural specification consultant, Sheryl was approached by a local architect to generate a specification for a small school renovation. “After visiting Lift for Life Academy (LFLA), meeting the principal, the students and hearing their stories I felt compelled to reach out to help the school in any way possible,” said Simon. Describing the situation at the school to the Hager family, Sheryl said, “Without hesitation, the family offered to donate the door hardware.”
LFLA became the first independent charter middle school to open in the City of St. Louis in 2000. It was established to “provide an education to middle school students” and is sponsored by Southeast Missouri State University. The first senior class graduated in 2012 and currently, the school serves 580 students in grades 6-12.
This article appears in the June issue of the Door Security + Safety Magazine.
Two Twelve Clayton – St. Louis’s Largest Multi-Use Project in 30 Years
The City of Clayton is situated just west of St. Louis, Mo., making it a suburb of The Gateway City – but it is much more than that. Clayton is the seat of St. Louis County and the activity in and around the courthouse attracts lawyers, county officials and business leaders to its center on a daily basis.
Clayton’s redevelopment efforts began in the early 1990s with the creation of a Downtown Master Plan, which was revised in 2010. The plan’s introduction states, “Over the last decade, Clayton has experienced significant investment in its central business district, ranging from the Crescent to the Centene Headquarters to the MetroLink stations. With several more projects planned or under construction, Downtown Clayton has become an area with the potential for significant real estate development.”
One such project: Two Twelve Clayton
Have you had a chance to catch your breath? What an amazing few days in Baltimore at DHI ConNextions. One of the best things about being in the Door and Hardware Industry is the fact it’s a relatively small group of people. Typically, at one point or another in our careers, we have either worked with or have known of one another for many years. So, when we attend and exhibit at ConNextions it really is like a family reunion.
Hager had a lot of representation both from St. Louis headquarters, including the Hager Family, and our wonderful sales representatives.
Wednesday many team members attended the keynote presentation “Beyond Tragedy: Response and Recovery in a School Based Crisis”. The speaker was Michele Gay, a mother and former teacher, who helped founded Safe and Sound: A Sandy Hook Initiative. It was a powerful presentation about her day on December 14, 2012, when her daughter was one of 26 people who was shot at Sandy Hook Elementary school. Her strength and courage were felt throughout the room. Her words reignited our mission to provide great products at a fair price with exceptional customer service to keep occupants of buildings safe and secure.
This article was published in the DHI, Door Security + Safety Magazine in January 2018 issue
Keeping occupants safe is a common goal for facility managers and property owners. As the number of break-ins, active shooter incidents and other violent encounters continue to grow, controlling who enters a building has become more vital than ever before.
For healthcare, education and office buildings, standard door and key configurations do not always provide the type of security necessary. This is leading decision-makers to look at more sophisticated access control solutions. The electronic access control market has become more refined in recent years and it is important to know what is available and what may fit the needs of a given facility. Furthermore, the type of hardware chosen must be code-compliant, making proper selection even more important.
In high use buildings, such as a school or office building, access control must allow for a door opening to have free means of egress, during an emergency, along with fire protection and meet accessibility requirements. The International Building Code (IBC) defines an accessible means of egress as a “continued and unobstructed way of egress travel from any point in a building or facility that provides an accessible route to an area of refuge, a horizontal exit or a public way.”
In its second year, the Great Oaks Charter School is part of a collection of schools that includes Academia Antonia Alonso School and Kuumba Academy. The building was originally a bank, operating as MBNA then Bank of America. It was donated in 2012 by Bank of America to the Longwood Foundation to start the Community Education Building (CEB).
Owner: Community Education Building
Architect: Homsey Architects, Inc.
General Contractor: Wohlsen Construction
Distributor: Premier Door, Frame and Hardware
Hager Sales Rep. Agency: Hardware Specialty Group
Our new catalog is out! If you have requested a catalog in the last few months and haven’t received it yet, you should be shortly. In the meantime, we did upload a file to our website, both complete and in sections.
Here is a link to the catalog on our website –Hager Catalog
If you’re new to Hager or the door hardware industry the general information in front of the hinge section. has great tips. You can find information on ANSI, how many hinges are needed to support a different weighted doors, security features, and specialty hinges. Did you know we have two different styles of cover channels for our Roton continuous hinges? Click here to learn more.
Did you know we have two different styles of cover channels for our Roton continuous hinges? Click here to find out more.
A couple of new products we’ve released in the last few months in our exit device line include a flush end cap and photoluminescent push bar cover option. You can learn more about these products by reading our blog post.
We know you’ll take some time to familiarize yourself with all the great information found in our new catalog. Of course, you can always call your local sales representative or our customer service department for more info.
Have a great day and thanks for your support!!
This article was published in the August edition of the DHI Door + Hardware Magazine and reprinted here with permission.
Come Two by Two. A Look Inside Noah’s Ark, by Ginny Powell
Tucked into the “All American City” of Lakeland, Florida, is not just a community, but the realization of a dream initiated by a small group of parents nearly 20 years ago. It’s called The Village at Noah’s Landing.
Nearly two decades ago, a small group of parents of adult children with special needs met while watching their children take part in sporting activities. They began talking with each other about what would happen to their kids if they were no longer around. Who would oversee their care?
Their worries were further reinforced when they discovered that the options for care in and around Lakeland were extremely limited. But instead of becoming defeated, these five sets of parents took action. Big action. In 1997, they created Noah’s Ark of Central Florida.
The first homes were built between 2002 and 2007 and are located near downtown Lakeland. Called Noah’s Nest, this clustering of four houses is home to 17 residents living independently with the support of their fellow residents, family, and friends.
A Dream of Building a Community
While Noah’s Nest was a great start, the dream was always to build a bigger community for adults with developmental disabilities. The Villages of Noah’s Landing, with Phase 1 scheduled to open later this summer, is precisely that.
Phase 1 can accommodate up to 132 developmentally disabled residents and only takes up a fraction of the property’s 62 acres. When all phases are complete, the community will offer a wide selection of social, recreational, educational and vocational choices, and provide for the health care needs of its residents.
The Tom/Scot is one of those unique multi-use projects that blends high-end residential with commercial architectural openings. Mixed within the 278 units are studios, one, two and three bedroom units. The complex also has a 2 story fitness center that includes a yoga room, climbing wall, spinning room and UFC room. Other amenities include a club room and business center with conference room.
End User: Tom/Scot
Architect: K & I Homes LLC
General Contractor: Weitz Co.
Door Openings: 3100
Typically on a project of this size the sub-contractors and suppliers are all contracted at roughly the same time. 89A was introduced to this opportunity later than the other subcontractors due to the ongoing design and procurement changes involving Division 8710 of the construction scope. Supporting 89A with Hager’s one brand solutions, we were able to engineer and supply both mechanical & access control door hardware in the different grades required, maintaining the variety of this multi-use project. Our 3400 Series locks, 4500 Series exit devices and 5200 Series closers were supplied on the exterior and high use common areas which needed Grade 1 hardware while our Grade 2 3600 Series, with an adjustable backset, was used for the apartments interior doors.
Thanks to Hager team members Adam Rummler with Hager Southwest and Jeff Halverson with Unified Solutions who were integral in assisting 89A’s procurement efforts.
If you would like to learn more about how we can help with your project please contact your local representative.