Classroom Barricade Devices

We had another post planned but felt this was more important to share.

This video has surfaced on Facebook. It currently has 3,552,279 views, 122,560 shares, 21,189 likes and 1,153 comments.  These are the type of devices that those of us in the hardware industry are fighting against.

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From the comments it is evident that people don’t understand the dangers these devices can contribute too. If you have a moment we encourage you to comment on the Facebook post to help education the general population.

Here are links to additional information as to why barricade devices are not a good choice.

National Association of State Fire Marshals – Classroom Door Security Guidelines

Partner Alliance for Safer Schools (PASS) – White Paper on Classroom Barricade Devices

Classroom Barricade Devices and why focusing on them makes us vulnerable to threats

Expert says many of these products are not code compliant and could nullify the warrantees of locks and door hardware.

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Closer Installation

Hager team members have an affliction.  I’ve heard that other people in the door and hardware industry also have it. When we are out and about in the world we constantly stop and look at door openings. We look to see if the correct hardware is on the door for the application. We also check to see if the hardware has been installed correctly. This affliction can be a quick flick of the eye or a full stop and spend 15 minutes (or longer) examining the door opening.  If you are a friend or family member of a door and hardware professional surely you have been detained by your loved one for this reason. Take pity on them, he or she can’t help it.

This affliction hit our Director of Marketing and Product Development, Bob Wilkins, when he visited his neighborhood deli.  First Bob spotted the closer arm that had ripped out of the door frame.

 

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Project Profile: Fireweed Center, Anchorage Alaska

We were excited to be part of this innovative building project located in Anchorage, Alaska. As you can imagine any building constructed in one of the coldest areas in the United States would be a challenge.  Automated intelligent windows that transition to control light and heat and vacuum insulated panels spandrels for increased thermal performance were just a few ways Fireweed Center met and exceeded those challenges.

Project Name:              Fireweed Center
Owner:                           CIRI
Architect:                       RIM Architects
General Contractor:    Davis Constructors & Engineers
Distributor:                    Summit Windows & Doors
Sales Agency:              Commencement Bay Architectural Group, LLC
Hager Products:          Full Hager Package

 

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You can read more about this project on Fireweed Center’s website here. Thanks to Paul Patino, of Commencement Bay Architectural Group, for sharing this project and photos.  If you would like information on these or other Hager products please contact your local representative or call our Customer Service Department at 800-255-3590.

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The Growing Popularity of Sliding Doors by Ginny Powell

This article was published in the January issue of the Door & Hardware Magazine, a publication of The Door and Hardware Institute and reprinted here with DHI’s permission.

You don’t have to look far to notice the popularity of sliding doors and sliding barn-style doors. This trend is hitting the commercial and residential markets with gusto, and according to the experts we spoke to, the movement will continue to climb with no sign of letting up in the coming years.

While the use of sliding doors has steadily increased each year, the emerging trend itself is more about the expansion of use – how designers are finding new ways to integrate them into spaces.

This growth has also sparked a revolution in door and hardware manufacturing to meet the growing demand. For example, just a few years ago, a sliding barn-style door needed to be custom designed and built, but today the number of pre-fabricated doors on the market continues to rise. Accompanying hardware is evolving as well, offering many more finishes, styles and durability options – giving architects and designers a nice variety from which to choose.

Up until recently, the most common applications for sliding doors included healthcare and office spaces. While those segments are still strong, sliding doors are replacing traditional ones in several new areas.


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2015 in Review

We’ve had a wonderful year thanks to the Hager family, team members, representatives and customers. Here are a few highlights before closing out 2015.

We had several new product announcements in 2015 but the three that made the most impact were released in the 2nd half of the year.

Our new decorative lever line expanded to include our 4500 Series Exit Devices. Adding the decorative levers to the 4500 Series Exit Device line compliments our 2300 Series Tubular Locks & 3800 Series Mortise Locks. Find out additional information here.

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New Product Announcement: 9400 Series Stainless Steel Barn Door Sliding Hardware

We are excited to announce our latest addition to our sliding door hardware product line. Our new 9400 Series Stainless Steel Barn Door Sliding Hardware with 7 different hanger styles will fit with modern and industrial design styles.

Able to be used with both glass and wood doors weighing up to 250 lbs. (depending on hanger style), sliding doors are the perfect solution when space is tight. Architects are using this application in hospitals, assisted living facilities, multi-family and hotels to name a few. The 9400 Series meets performance requirements of ANSI/BHMA 156.14 (Grade 1).

We displayed the 9400 Series at the Texas Society of Architects show and overheard one architect say “they brought sexy back with this product!”

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Classroom Barricade Devices and why focusing on them makes us vulnerable to threats

There has been a lot of information written about classroom barricade devices. We have been watching this subject closely and are dismayed to see states overriding State, Federal and International Building Codes by allowing barricade devices. Ohio, sadly, has lead the charge. There isn’t a simple or quick solution to this issue but our goal is to remind parents, students, teachers and politicians to look at the whole picture and use their building code officials and the door and hardware industry as expert sources.

The article below was written by Lt. Joe Hendry, CLEE who is a 26 year veteran of the Kent State Police Department. He serves as an Intelligence Liaison Officer for the Ohio Department of Homeland Security and has been named a subject matter expert by the Ohio Attorney General’s Office for active threat response. Lt. Hendry holds a bachelor’s degree in telecommunications and served honorably in the United States Marine Corps. He is a trained crisis intervention team officer in mental health. He is an instructor in solo-engagement tactics, active shooter response, preventing and responding to suicide bombing incidents and tactical chemical weapons. He is a national instructor the the ALICE Training Institute and has trained staff and students, and consulted on security plans for pre-school, K-12, universities, hospitals, libraries, MRDD facilities, business and industry. In other words he is an expert.

This article appeared in the October edition of DHI Doors and Hardware Magazine. Lt. Hendry has graciously allowed us to reprint his article in order to help continue the education on this emotional subject.
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The first time I ever observed a secondary locking device, it was at the State Fire Marshal’s Academy in Ohio. I was teaching an ALICE Instructor course, and a student in the class brought a device he had made to help secure a door. During a break, he demonstrated the device, and yes, it did what he said – it secured the door using the bottom of the door and the wall.

It had a few steps to install, and at the time, with Sandy Hook only four months in the rear view mirror, looked to be an impressive device. Several educators and law enforcement officers in the class remarked that they liked the device. I was non-committal but felt it might bear looking into given the concept failure of lockdown in the building breach at Sandy Hook. Looking back, the irony of the device, the location, and my naiveté has not been lost on me.

During the past two years, I have learned more about codes, doors, locks and devices than I ever thought I would need to know as a police officer. Learning the reason behind code development, door and lock manufacturing, visual communication design, and tactical civilian and law enforcement response to threats has become a way of life. As a law enforcement expert in the field of active threat response, I’m repeatedly asked for recommendations on what secondary locking device to purchase for buildings. My original thought of, “These might be the answer to our prayers,” to, “These may be the worst idea we have ever had,” evolved as I studied and learned.

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8200 Series Economy Low Energy Power Operator Economy

We are excited to announce our newest product in our electrical line – the 8200 Series Economy Low Energy Power Operator. This is to compliment our current 8400 Series. The 8200 fits ADA interior and exterior openings where value engineering is needed.

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The 8200 Series is available in:

  • 8218  Single Operator
  • 8219  Simultaneous Pair
  • 8221  Double Egress Simultaneous Pair

Certifications include:

  • ANSI A156.19 compliant
  • ANSI/UL 325 listed for both United States and Canada
  • ADA Compliant
  • Buy American Act

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Texas Society of Architects Show

This show gets bigger and bigger each year, which isn’t surprising since it’s in Texas.  We’ve had such great results in years past we sent our Director of Product Development and Marketing, Bob Wilkins, to Dallas to meet the attendees. With our local architectural representative, Debra Powers-Wafford and our Regional Manager, Adam Bucko, the Hager booth was well stocked with knowledge, products and literature.

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Debra Powers,Architectural Rep – TX, OK

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