Project Profile: Ninkasi Brewing Company Administration Building

Project Profile:               Ninkasi Brewing Company Administration Building

Architect:                        Chuck Bailey Architect AIA LLC

General Contractor:      Chambers Construction

Distributor:                     Bell Hardware

Hager Sales Agency:    Commencement Bay Architectural Group

Ninkasi Brewing Company continues to grow and recently built a new administration building in Eugene Oregon. Designed by Chuck Bailey Architect, this building is en route to reach LEED Certifications. The building housing Ninkasi’s administration offices which includes a climbing wall for their employees and a recording studio that is used to record local and regional bands that Ninkasi Brewing Co. partners with. Sounds like a fun place to work!

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Safe Schools Week

Last week marked the American’s Safe Schools Week sponsored by the National School Safety Center, state governors and state school superintendents.

Of course the most distressing incidents in recent years are school shootings. Everyone in the AEC (Architectural, Engineering, Construction) community are looking for solutions on how we can prevent loss of life, especially with our most vulnerable citizens; our children. There are new ideas on the market today from caring individuals, sometimes parents, who see a need and take their time, energy and money to contribute to a solution. Often times life safety and fire codes are not understood and therefore not considered, which can result in code violations or even endanger the occupants of the school. More …

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Euroline Hardware

There were many exhaustive deliberations before the Hager team decided to embark on the “Euroline” quest.

Most of us in the door hardware industry are familiar with ANSI – American National Standards Institute, BHMA – Builders Hardware Manufacturers Association, along with UL – Underwriters Laboratories and Intertek. However these standards and fire codes, which are strictly enforced in the United States and Canada, are not customary in approximately 90% of the rest of the world.

European standards – EN and CE – are dominant in Europe, the Middle East and most of Asia. Any hardware products sold into areas that embrace these standards must meet their cycle and fire tests, which are completely different than those of ANSI and UL.

Here in the States commercial locks are sold as a complete unit. European locksets are sold in component form: lock body, lever set and cylinder. This allows end users to mix and match cylinders, levers and lock bodies from a vast array of different manufacturers. It also allows multiple mechanical and electronic keyways to be used interchangeably. This modular approach allows for greater flexibility on the jobsite.

                                                       

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Customer Service Appreciation Week

This is Customer Service Appreciation Week and we want to take this opportunity to share how fantastic our customer service department is.

Customer service team members are located in St. Louis, Phoenix and Montgomery, with many of the 21 employees having worked at Hager Companies for numerous years. Strong bonds have been formed, both professionally and personally. Celebrations of birthdays, anniversaries, best Halloween costume, Christmas cheer and, most recently, welcoming Fall with a pot luck luncheon, all contribute to the team spirit.


Sandy’s Tape Dispenser Collection

And of course celebrating the St. Louis Cardinals baseball team each and every year! More …
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Lock Function Chart

We are in the process of uploading a BHMA lock function chart to our website to make it easy to quickly match what lock function is being specified to our Grade 1, Grade 2 & Grade 3 locksets. This chart will be able to be found under Resources / Product Information / Locks.

Founded in 1925, as the Hardware Manufacturers’ Statistical Association, the Builders Hardware Manufacturers Association (BHMA) role has been developing standards for the wide range (and getting wider) of builders hardware. There are three levels of grades for locksets based on the number of cycles an owner can expect the product to withstand. Grade 1 is the heaviest duty, passing 2,500,000 cycles while Grade 3 passes just 350,000 cycles. The price difference between Grade 1, Grade 2 and Grade 3 varies and may present an occasion to save the owner money on a project. Specifying a Grade 1 lock on a main entry office door is highly recommended but there is opportunity to save dollars by utilizing a Grade 2 lock on a door opening used less frequently, like a closet door. That said it is important not to undersize the lock grade on a door opening in order to save money as it could cost more in repairs in the future. More …

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CSI CONSTRUCT 2014 – Recap

Another great year exhibiting at CONSTRUCT! The team at CSI always exceeds our expectations for a well run and fun show!

Here are some highlights of our experience at CONSTRUCT this year.

                                                  John Cohrs and Eric Rose before speaking to the SCIP Members More …

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CONSTRUCT Blogger’s Panel 2014

We were pleased to once again attend the CONSTRUCT’s Blogger Panel at the annual CSI Convention happening this week in Baltimore.

The moderator was Eric Lussier, who has his own blog at Eric D. Lussier.

The panel this year consisted of:

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Instructional Videos

We have been working hard to add to our video library on our YouTube channel.  Yesterday we added 4 new videos for your viewing pleasure.  Well not exactly for pleasure but definitely to help explain certain actions such as how to adjust a door closer or how to hand a mortise lock. Sometimes seeing how to perform a task is a lot easier than reading the instructions, especially when it has to do with door hardware!  More …

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Hurricane Andrew

photo via noaa

Hurricane Andrew, a Category 5 storm, hit the South Florida area 22 years ago this month. It caused 65 fatalities and $26 billion dollars in damage by the time it was downgraded. A maximum wind gust of 177 mph was recorded in Perrine. Florida City, Kendall and Homestead, all south of Miami, were the hardest hit areas. More …
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Project Profile: 3350 at Alterra Project in Baltimore, Maryland

Project Profile:          3350 at Alterra

Developer:                Old Town Construction
Distributor:                Carpentry and Hardware Services
Hager Sales Rep:   Mitchell Sales & Associates, Inc.

This past March Hager Co exhibited at the NFMT Trade Show in Baltimore. During our time in Baltimore we were honored to be able to tour the new mixed use development 3350 at Alterra with Jared Spahn, a Managing Member of Old Town Construction. Construction was ongoing during our visit but the Grand Opening was held over Memorial Day weekend so they are open for business.

The ground level is mixed use with an exercise facility and comfortable seating area with a beautiful fireplace & large TV to watch the Ravens & Orioles play. The next 3 floors have one, two & three bedroom apartments. The following photos are  good examples of a mixed use multifamily building and the many levels of architectural door hardware that is used. More …

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