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.
The gifted class from the Central Christian School visited Hager headquarters a few weeks ago. They were learning about the engineering profession and the different types of engineer specialties. A daughter of our COO, Josh Hager, is in the class and he offered to have the students visit Hager and hear from our engineers what they do.
Mark McRae, our Director of Engineering, and Daniel Sprehe, a Product Engineer, spoke with the students about the engineering process a product takes, from conception to manufacturing. They spoke about how once a design has been approved a prototype is created along with the amount of testing it takes before a product is ready to be sold. They also shared the difference between a mechanical and electronic engineer and how they work together.
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!
Brian has been with Hager Companies for 14 years and was recently promoted to Director of both the Architectural Specifications Department and Technical Support. We sat down with him recently to ask him a few questions, following a similar format to the DHI Doors + Hardware Faces feature.
Childhood ambition: Race car driver
First Job: Wendys
What led you to the hardware industry: My dad, Wes Britton, and my grandfather were both in the door and hardware industry.
Proudest professional moment: When I passed my AHC exam and was able to share the news with my dad.
Guilty pleasure: Spending time at my house with the chickens, dogs, cats and horse.
Favorite book/movie: Tombstone
Mentor/hero: My father, Wes.
Best advice you ever received: Make sure you give your employer 100% effort every day, no matter what is going on in your personal life.
Best advise you never received: Don’t let someone else’s work performance interfere with your work performance.
The advice you would give someone entering into this industry: Keep an open mind about everything. There are always two sides to each situation.
If you would like more information about Hager specifications, Brian will be happy to help you. He can be reached at 314-633-2803 or [email protected]
We’ll be heading down to San Antonio, Texas in a few weeks to exhibit at the 2016 Texas Society of Architects Design Expo. This is one of the premier regional architectural shows in the country. Architects take this show seriously and are extremely generous with their time on the expo hall floor.
Last year we highlighted our new 9400 Series stainless steel sliding barn door hardware. This year, we added the Conestoga to our sliding door hardware line, which is powder coated black aluminum for a rustic appearance. There are four styles of hangers offered; three face-mount and one top-mount. Sliding barn doors continue to be a popular choice with architects and end users. In addition to saving floor space, sliding doors also meet ADA requirements and are easy for people with disabilities to use.
With the Conestoga as the latest addition, we feel our sliding door hardware product line provides a variety of design choices for your architectural needs. Of course, we will have many other product lines on display too.
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!!
Last week several Hager team members descended upon Austin, Texas for CONSTRUCT. As noted in previous blog posts CONSTRUCT is the annual education and exhibition for the Construction Specifiers Institute, better known as CSI (not the one on TV).
This time next week several of our team members will be making their way to Austin, Texas for CONSTRUCT. If you haven’t registered yet, there is still time. If you’re on the fence we wrote about the benefits a few weeks ago which you can read here.
Adam Bucko Western Regional Sales Mgr
Debra Powers Architectural Rep for TX & OK
Ken Kimutis Kimutis/Chisum, local Sales Reps
Will Chisum Kimutis/Chisum, local Sales Reps
Brian Clarke Dir. Arch Specs & Tech Support
John Cohrs Sr Architectural Spec Writer
Bob Wilkins Dir. of Marketing & Product Dev
Ginny Powell Digital Marketing Specialist
If you work in the St. Louis area and are looking for a local CSI chapter, the Continuing Education Programs was just published by the Greater St. Louis CSI chapter. Besides continuing education credits with programs like Design Guidelines for the Visual Environment and Sustainability in Construction Administration, there will also be a tour of the Arch River Grounds on October 19th. Of course, the annual Golf Classic, being held on September 21st, is always a fun time. Find out more information on the Greater St. Louis CSI Chapter’s new website here.
As you can see Hager is committed to the mission of CSI. We work hard to make sure our specifications are clear, concise and fair. Our goal is to provide door hardware that meets code while supporting the architect and end user in their goal of a safe and secure building.
We hope to see you next week!