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.
This article appears in the July issue of the DHI Security + Safety Magazine and is reprinted here with their permission.
Locking Down School Safety and Access Control
According to a recent CNN article, In the first 20 weeks of 2018 there have been 22 school shootings where someone was hurt or killed. This averages out to more than one shooting a week, so it’s no surprise that school security is a growing focus of today’s world.
Since 1999 when the Columbine shooting happened, towns such as Sandy Hook, Connecticut, Blacksburg, Virginia, and more recently Parkland, Florida -are forever etched in our minds because of the senseless violence that occurred there. While we recognize we cannot entirely prevent violence, campuses across America are learning that they can proactively seek solutions to greatly reduce the likelihood of it.
As door and hardware industry experts, it is our responsibility to educate those who make decisions on access points – from school teachers to officials, and from general contractors to architects who make the design and material decisions. It’s our goal to be at the table as early as possible to educate decision makers on their options – and the impact of those options.
Lockdown with Access Control
Lockdown is the ability to prevent access to a segment or segments of a building or the entire facility for security measures. In the school environment, the lockdown can be as small as a classroom or as broad as the entire campus. In addition, the speed of the lockdown is critical and how quickly lockdown is achieved depends on the system installed.
“In the case of access control in a school environment, the first question you should ask is, ‘How do you want your lockdown to work?'” advised James Stokes, Vice-President of Access Controls for Hager Companies.
Next week, several members of the Hager Family and team members will head to Baltimore for the annual DHI ConNextions show.
For the Hager team, this show is all about connecting with our customers. We want to hear what’s new in their lives and businesses; collaborate our efforts in order to grow their sales; and, of course, showcase our new products. In the last year, we’ve released the following products:
- 3300 Series Grade 2 Tubular Locks
- 4 Amp and 6 Amp Power Supplies
- 34K Standalone Lock
- Door Prop Alarm
- Onboard Delayed Egress for our 4501 & 4601 Exit Devices
- Hospitality Transition Thresholds
We will also have demonstrations with our HS4 Electronic Access Control products including the newest communication platform BLUEnet. We are especially excited by BLUEnet’s ability to provide a real-time (within 4 seconds) lock communication, keeping people safer in an active shooter situation.
If you’d like to attend the show but haven’t purchased a pass yet, we have complimentary VIP Exhibit Hall Passes available. Just click on this link and in the Promo Code box type hagevip.
We look forward to seeing you!
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.”