Team Member Profile – Sheryl Simon, CSI, CDT – Manager, Architectural Specification Consultants

Sheryl Simon has been with Hager Companies for 13 years and was recently promoted to Manager, Architectural Specifications Consultants. We sat down with Sheryl to ask her a few questions.

Sheryl Simon at one of the many CSI STL events she volunteers for. Sheryl currently is 2nd VP for the chapter. Photo credit: George Everding

Childhood AmbitionI was always interested in design. (I’m not sure if it’s an ambition or an obsession.) Even as a young child I was always re-arranging the furniture. My parents never knew what to expect when they came home. 

First JobWorking at a very busy ice cream stand. The lines seemed to never end but it was fun interacting with all the customers. 

What led you to the hardware industry: I married into it and very quickly became a hardware geek. 

Proudest professional momentWhen I passed my CDT. It is a very difficult exam and required a lot of studying. 

 

Sheryl Simon and August Hager – Jobsite visit at Ballpark Village

Biggest challengeMy biggest challenge today is keeping up with technology, particularly the advances in electronic access control. 

Guilty pleasureChocolate and home decor stores.

Favorite book/movieMy favorite movie is “It’s a Wonderful Life”. It reminds me that our life’s most important work is often work we never planned to do. 

 

Sheryl sharing her knowledge at the inaugural Young Professionals Day tour in 2015 at CSI CONSTRUCT – St. Louis

Mentor/heroI have had many mentors over the years and I am thankful for all of them. 

Best advice you ever received: When one door closes another one opens. It’s a pun on the industry but very appropriate. 

Sheryl receiving congratulations for her Hager Companies 10-year anniversary

Best advise you never receivedTrust your instincts.

What advice you would share with someone entering this industry:  The construction industry is one of the most exciting and diverse industries. It is forever changing so never stop learning and be receptive to change. If it’s something you want to pursue go for it! I’m glad I did. 

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We reached out to a few of Sheryl’s colleagues and this is what they had to say.

“Sheryl is the go-to person for many architects and this can be contributed to her attention to detail and the fact she genuinely cares about the specification process and everyone involved in it. Sheryl is determined to hold herself to a higher standard and expects more from herself than others expect from her. Being meticulous and keeping information organized allows Sheryl to provide the very best service to her clients. She also has a wonderful outlook on life and somehow always finds something to laugh about, even when things may be going a bit sideways.”
Brian Clarke, AHC, DHT, DHC, FDAI, AAADM, CDT, CSI – Director, Architectural Specifications & Technical Support

From the Two Twelve Clayton Case Study
“This project was interesting to me because I’d never done a high-rise project before, and I learned a lot through the process. Stair towers in a 26-story building are much different than they are in a four-story office building and they require different types of hardware. Sheryl got into the details with me to help me understand what was needed and why. As architects, we wanted to make the doors as ‘invisible’ as possible. We worked with Sheryl on concepts to design doors that functioned to satisfy code requirements, yet were the least disruptive to the design.”
Josh Goodman, AIA, Director of Operations, HDA Architects

 

If you’re located in the Midwest and need help with specifications, door submittals or would like to schedule a lunch and learn, please contact Sheryl at [email protected] 

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Why is the Bottom Rod Missing?

Have you ever come across a pair of doors that have just a top vertical rod exit device and not top and bottom, and wondered why? Often an architect or specification writer will specify “less bottom rod (LBR)” on pairs of doors, especially in healthcare facilities.

This photo was taken in an assisted living facility here in St. Louis. This opening is a pair of fire rated corridor doors which means they must positively latch in case of a fire to control flames and smoke from traveling through the facility. Without latching hardware on the exit device itself, positive latching is accomplished with the surface mounted top vertical rod. As you can see from the picture, the door is being held open with a magnetic hold open tied into the fire alarm. If the fire alarm is activated the hold open will release the door. The door closer will swing the door shut and the top vertical rod will latch the door.

This leads us to the question of why the architect or specification writer specified LBR. While the top and bottom vertical rods help secure the door, the bottom vertical rod is secured to a floor strike mounted in the floor. That floor strike can become a tripping hazard to people that use mobility devices, such as canes, walkers, crutches, and wheelchairs. ADA regulation 404.2.10, Door and Gate Surfaces, states: “Swing door and gate surfaces within 10 inches (255mm) of the finish floor or ground measured vertically shall have a smooth surface on the push side extending the full width of the door or gate.” The regulation goes on to specify how thick protection plates and installation screws can be.

This installation is a textbook example of the intersection of fire code and ADA regulations. The goal is to keep people safe both from fire and tripping. When architects and door hardware professionals work together, the result can be a safe, attractive and code compliant facility.

For assistance in writing door hardware specifications please contact Brian Clarke at [email protected]. For information regarding our products please contact our customer service team at 800-255-3590 or your local sales representative.

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Texas Society of Architects Show – 2018

Next week several team members will be representing Hager in booth 142 at the Texas Society of Architects Design Expo Show in Fort Worth, Texas.  The attendance at the show is excellent, and we greatly appreciate all the members that make a point of stopping by to say thank you.

This year we will be highlighting our electronic access control line, HS4 – Hager powered by Salto.

The HS4 access control system is a suite of modular products that give architects the ability to provide different levels of security and safety that fit a range of budgets to meet the owner and facility’s needs. Recognizing a one-size-fits-all solution doesn’t work in today’s designs, HS4 has the ability to diversely secure an existing or new facility and expand with future growth.

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SCIP and CONSTRUCT – 2018

Next week, several members of the Hager team will be heading to Long Beach, California for the annual Specifications Consultants in Independent Practice meeting, better known as SCIP, and the CONSTRUCT Education and Exhibits show.

We always have a great time at both events and it gives us a chance to chat with specification writers to learn how we can better help their processes and solve any pain points.

CONSTRUCT 2014 – Baltimore

Our complete line of door hardware falls under one brand, the Hager brand, and we take pride in writing true non-proprietary specifications.  We focus on being correct, clear, concise and complete to make sure all parties in the channel understand how each door opening is expected to function before it’s installed.

SCIP Members Touring Hager HQ – CONSTRUCT 2015 – St. Louis

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Project Profile: The Southerly – Towson, Maryland

 

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.

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Locking Down School Safety and Access Control by Gordon Holmes

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.

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Case Study – Two Twelve Clayton

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

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Team Member Profile: Brian Clarke, AHC, CDT, CSI – Director, Architectural Specifications & Technical Support

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.

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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]

 

 

 

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CONSTRUCT + CSI

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.

CONSTRUCT 2016 Austin Booth 516
Stop by Booth 516 and say hello to our team:

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!

 

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