Do you need Doors that Brand your building? Follow the making of a Winning Entrance
In March, we completed our #inoticedoors hashtag photo contest, and we announced the winning photo by Mike of The Lazzaro Companies: an entrance at Peoples Bank in Highland, IN.
A Winning Design
This entrance is unique, featuring not only curved framing but also curved muntins that complete the circular shape. Where the curved muntins run thru the door– completing the circle design– vertical muntins begin and travel down to the bottom rail. What an intricate design! Also notable– the vertical framing above the entrance echoes the lines of the inactive middle leaf. These are not your typical bank doors!
Arches with Curved Framing in Production
Little did anyone know, this entrance had caught our eye much earlier on! We had several projects coming through production with beautifully curved framing in December.
Any project with curved framing results in a show-stopping entrance– but it wasn’t until I saw the drawings that I knew this would be an entrance that brands a building!
An Entrance that Brands a building– and Endures
Many Peoples Bank locations feature a similar or nearly identical design with a circular shape and arched framing. However, this is the first to feature Special-Lite entrance products. According to Mike Nolan at The Lazzaro Companies, the original drawings called for aluminum-clad residential doors to suit the overall look the designer wanted. However, Mike advised the bank that Special-Lite was the way to go for this opening. Mike had experience using Special-Lite products in the past. He understood that residential doors do not accept commercial hardware well. In addition, residential doors are certainly not as durable as commercial entrance systems. With support from the contractor, Larson-Danielson, Mike worked with the engineering department at Special-Lite to come up with the opening you see in the photo.
Every entrance product at Special-Lite is made-to-order. This enables us to make a one-of-a-kind entrance such as this one, that stands out and communicates your brand. We love helping organizations create an entrance that leaves a lasting impression on all who enter!
Pultrusion Technology Delivers Performance Enhancement won Second Place in Technical ArticlesSpecial-Lite’s VP of Sales and Marketing, Roger Stempky won the 2nd place award in the Technical Article category of DHI’s 2017 Ryan Awards, for his article “Pultrusion Technology Delivers Performance Enhancement.” This article appeared in the November 2016 issue of Doors + Hardware Magazine. You can read about all the 2017 DHI Achievement Award Winners in the June issue!
About the AwardDHI presents this award to the best volunteer authors of any article in Doors + Hardware Magazine written from January 1 through December 31 each year. Articles cover either technical or business-related topics. Congratulations to Roger! We are very proud to win this award, especially given the number of excellent articles that appeared in Doors + Hardware Magazine in 2016!
Read the Article:Blog Adaptation & Video
Join us in Nashville for BOMA 2017We are excited to be exhibiting at the 2017 BOMA International Annual Expo in Nashville, TN on June 24 – 27. Widely recognized as commercial real estate’s premier annual trade event, the conference provides commercial property professionals with unparalleled learning and networking opportunities across three days on some of the most important issues the industry faces today. This year, we’ll be at Music City Center in lively downtown Nashville, TN! Special-Lite Regional Sales Manager, Brian VonDette, and Phelan & Associates Sales Representative, Jerry Phelan, will be representing Special-Lite at the Expo. We are at booth # 1036. Brian and Jerry look forward to answering any questions and telling you more about Special-Lite’s entrance and interior solutions! We are proud to be exhibiting at an event that has gained its reputation for being at the forefront of market trends. We are sure that you will have much to learn from this conference. Hope to see you there! Register today.
Bullet Resistant (Ballistic)It is sad to think that we live in a time where we need to design entrance solutions for keeping our families and property safe, but we must continually innovate to overcome the threats that present themselves in daily life. Bullet resistant doors or ballistic doors and complete ballistic-rated entrance systems are an important part of this innovation. (We previously discussed in Part 1 the reason we don’t use the term “bulletproof door” when referring to these products.) What makes a product bullet resistant? There are several ratings that could describe the level of bullet resistance in a product. The most common are:
- UL 752
- National Institute of Justice (NIJ) 0108.01
- State Department SD-STD-02.01
- ASTM F-1233
- HP White Laboratories HPW-TP 0500.02
- European Standard DIN EN 1063
- British Standards Institution BS 5051
- Councils of Standards Australia/New Zealand AS/NZ 2343
Blast ResistantIn some cases, such as in government installations, there is a blast requirement for most if not all exterior entrance systems. There are a couple of different approaches to achieve a blast rating for a blast-rated door specification.
- Arena Testing- This is obviously the most fun. As you can imagine by the name, this testing occurs outside in a controlled area, by setting off explosives to achieve the desired load and duration. The entrance system is instrumented to record the forces felt during the explosion. The advantage of using an arena test is that you’re not limited to certain dimensions on the product you’re testing. The downside with this method is that it is more difficult to obtain a specific pressure and duration due to the variation in explosive behavior.
- Shock Tube- The shock tube is an instrument used to replicate and direct blast waves at a sensor or a model to simulate actual explosions and their effects, usually on a smaller scale. The advantage of using the shock tube is that you can repeat the test more accurately than arena testing. The disadvantage is that the size of the shock tube restricts the size of the specimen.
How do I know what level of protection I needed for an entrance?To be successful when ordering these types of systems, I strongly recommend that you take the time to understand the science behind the products that will protect you and your customers. Understanding the requirements of your state or local jurisdictions and having all the information ensures that you and your customer have on-time deliveries and products that meet the requirements for the project. For example, the load results for HVHZ approved systems are calculated in pounds per square foot. With ballistic systems, you need to understand the caliber of bullet that your entrance must withstand in an attack. This information will dictate the level of protection required. For blast-rated protection, you will need to know the blast load the product (in this case, a blast-rated door) needs to withstand, calculated pounds per square inch (psi), as well as the impulse calculated in pounds per square inch and milliseconds (psi-ms). For intrusion resistance, you need to know the amount of time that you want to hold a perpetrator at bay and if you want laminated glass or polycarbonate glazing.
More From this Series:Part 1 of 3: Proof vs. Resistant and Intrusion/Forced Entry Resistance Part 2 of 3: Hurricane and Storm Resistance
Related Articles:Doors + Hardware Magazine | May 2017 | Proof vs. Resistant: The Truth is in the Test What is Fiberglass Pultrusion? A Win for School Security: Ballistic Door Wins New Product Award
What does Hurricane or Storm Resistant Mean?Let’s begin with looking at hurricane ratings. Most hurricane resistant doors are required to meet at least one of the following standards:
- ANSI (American National Standards Institute)
- ASTM (American Society for Testing and Materials)
- TAS (Testing Application Standard)
- IBC (International Building Code)
- IRC (International Residential Code)
Hurricane TestingWhat makes an entrance hurricane rated? Most test protocols will include static loads, cyclic loads, air infiltration, large missile impact, water infiltration and forced entry. all-fiberglass or fiberglass/aluminum doors perform exceptionally well during this type of test. Furthermore, due to their resistance to humidity and salt water, they are great options when considering new or replacement doors in the coastal regions of the U.S.
Hurricane-Rated Special RequirementsHurricane-rated products come with stricter requirements than some other types of tested and rated products. One important thing to remember is that the size of the product that you intend to sell or install cannot exceed the size of the specimen tested– although it can be smaller. The hardware and seals must be consistent with the configuration the approval states. You can deviate from the approval only with permission from the AHJ. This is why a manufacturer will sell a complete hurricane rated entrance: door, frame, hardware, seal, etc. in exactly the configuration tested.
More from this series:Part 1 of 3: Proof vs. Resistant & Forced Entry (Intrusion) Resistance Part 3 of 3: Bullet Resistance, Blast Resistance, and How to Choose Your Level of Protection
Related Articles:The University of Florida is Set to “Judge” Building Architectural Products and Entry Systems The University of Florida’s Website: Multi-Axis Wind Load Simulator
Proof vs. ResistantHave you ever heard someone say that an object was Something Proof and in reality, it should have been Something Resistant? According to Webster’s Dictionary, the definition of proof is: “Able to withstand something damaging; resistant.” Ok, that makes sense… until you look up the definition of resistant in the same dictionary. That definition goes something like this: “Opposed to something; wanting to prevent something from happening.” So, proof or resistant, tomato or tomato? They should mean the same thing, not exactly. The “proof” is in the pudding. Yes, bulletproof sounds more impressive than bullet resistant. Using the term bulletproof is an absolute statement and not an entirely factual statement. At the end of the day, if someone or something wants in, the laws of physics will work against you. If something is big enough, powerful enough, hard enough, wet enough, fast enough– you get the picture– it’s coming in. For this reason, I would rather see the term “resistant” used in all descriptions having anything to do with bullet, blast, intrusion or storm rated entrance systems.
What is Intrusion Resistance?If you are looking for solutions that would slow down a perpetrator from gaining access to your building, one of the options is to add intrusion resistant glazing to your entrance. The definition of intrusion is; “the act or an instance of intruding; an unwelcome visit.” Intrusion resistant products are also commonly called attack resistant or forced entry resistant.
Intrusion Resistance TestingThere are several test standards used depending on the approval. The most common are ASTM and UL (Underwriters Laboratories), and the U.S. State Department forced entry test. Also, some state correction facilities utilize their own set of standards. Some companies are trying to “update” the current standards that would better represent current conditions. Depending on the data that you look at, the national average for the police to respond to a 911 call is between 6 and 10 minutes. The goal of an intrusion resistant entrance system is to delay intruders from gaining access until the cavalry arrives. These systems may or may not be bullet resistant but remember the object here is to delay the intruder from gaining access to the facility not to stop a bullet.
Intrusion Resistant Glass and GlazingThere are two innovative variations of intrusion resistant glazing that can be utilized for this requirement. One option is a patent pending product that slows down intruders up to twelve minutes before gaining access. The laminated glass comes in 5/16″ and 1″ insulated. This glass is a bit more expensive but provides all the benefits of a glass vision lite that an end user may prefer. The second option is a clear polycarbonate that has a scratch resistant coating. I strongly suggest packing a lunch if you are trying to break through this material. You can literally go after it with a sledgehammer and not break it! This polycarbonate is an inexpensive solution for intrusion resistance.
A Complete Forced-Entry Resistant SystemIt is important to note that the glazing material is only one aspect of an intrusion resistant system. The doors and vision lite kits used to hold this glazing material are just as important. They must all work as a system to counteract the threat. When selecting intrusion resistant products, it is important that you choose intrusion-resistant doors, frames, glazing, and vision lite kits. Manufacturers typically reinforce vision lite kits with more fasteners and material to allow the system to withstand a threat. I know what you’re thinking: More fasteners? No one is going to buy that! Well, just because there are more fasteners doesn’t mean you have to see them! Some companies have developed ingenious ways of disguising their intrusion resistant glazing kits so to the average person it does not look reinforced.
Stay TunedRead the rest of this blog series to find out why it’s important to direct attention to testing standards when explaining the levels of protection or comparing products!
More from this Series:Part 2 of 3: Hurricane and Storm Resistance Part 3 of 3: Bullet Resistance, Blast Resistance, and How to Choose a Level of Protection
In 1981 Fond du Lac County built a new courthouse with Special-Lite SL-16 Aluminum Flush doors. Around that time, we [D.A. Loss Associates] started representing Special-Lite. John Nelson started working for the County in 1977, but will be retiring soon. He has come to appreciate the longevity of the doors, “They were installed when the building was built and we have not had any problems.”
John recently asked for help when he needed a new weather brush. He decided to use our SL-301 Adjustable Bottom Brush that Special-Lite invented a few years back, and now these courthouse doors will be better than new. I love my job because I get to work with people like John and see how we have grown to become a part of many communities in Wisconsin. I hope I get to see John before he retires, if not I wish him all the best.
About the AwardCollege Planning & Management announced the winners of their 2016 New Product of the Year Awards in Mid-December. They state,
“The New Product Award program honors the outstanding product development achievements of manufacturers and suppliers whose products or services are considered to be particularly noteworthy in their ability to enhance the learning environment. An independent panel of judges from the industry selected 15 Platinum and 26 Gold winners in the second year of this contest. Twenty-nine additional products were awarded an Honorable Mention.”We are excited to announce that Special-Lite’s AF-100BR3 won the Platinum New Product award in the category of Doors for educational door and frame safety. We are so passionate about school safety and school security, and we continue to develop new products to meet these needs. You can read more about the award and other winning products here.
About our Ballistic Door & FrameThe AF-100BR3 Door is the first ballistic door manufactured using fiberglass pultrusion technology. This process produces a smooth-faced, corrosion and bullet resistant fiberglass door. This door is incredibly strong and is also fully sealed for easy cleaning. Special-Lite developed this bullet resistant door to support the need for increased security at educational, government and military facilities. You can read the details on our ballistic products here.
About the #inoticedoors Hashtag Photo ContestThis contest has ended (for now)! Check out our winner here. Compete in the #inoticedoors photo competition! Do you notice doors? Do you find yourself checking every entrance you enter to see who makes it? We do!
To enter this photo contest, post photos of Special-Lite® Entrance Products you notice in your area or travels with the hashtags #inoticedoors and #speciallite.
You can be in the photo, or have it just of the door! Anyone can enter– including employees! Extra points for unique doors, famous buildings, and doors that BRAND a business!By taking photos of our doors, you will have the chance to win a Kindle Fire HD 8, a digital photography bundle (or prize of equal value), and other great prizes! Weekly Prizes: Special-Lite Logo Merchandise Prize for the Most Submissions by Valentine’s Day (February 14): Kindle Fire HD 8 Grand Prize (best photo – March 13): Digital Photography Bundle (or prize of equal value)
To Enter:1. Post a photo of an interesting or unique Special-Lite Door to www.facebook.com/speciallite/, Instagram, or Twitter. You can also visit the tab on our Facebook Page to submit an entry! Facebook: Please note that if you post the photo on your personal Facebook account, it will not count as an entry. You must post to our Facebook page! Instagram: If your account is private, you must make it public for the duration of the contest and the judging period to enter the contest.
2. Tag the photo, adding the hashtags #inoticedoors and #speciallite.
3. Follow the competition and get inspired by other participants by liking our Facebook page and following @special_lite on Instagram and @ on Twitter.
Rules:The Contest is brought to you by the following entity (the “Contest Sponsor“): Special-Lite, Inc. The Contest entry period (the “Entry Period”) starts at 5:00 pm on January 13, 2017 and continues until 8:00 am on March 16, 2017. All times are Eastern. Per Facebook and Instagram rules, we must mention this is in no way sponsored, administered, or associated with Facebook or Instagram, Inc. By entering, entrants confirm they are 13+ years of age, release Facebook and Instagram of responsibility, and agree to Facebook and Instagram’s term of use. Special-Lite, Inc. cannot control the content that is posted with the hashtag #inoticedoors, outside of our own accounts. Special-Lite disagrees with any content with the hashtag #inoticedoors that contain criminal/anti-social behavior, hate, sexually suggestive, discriminatory, unlawful, infringing, violent, nudity or foul language.
This contest is not affiliated with Amazon.
By entering this Contest, you give the Contest Sponsor, their respective parent and affiliated companies and their representatives, the right and irrevocable license to use, reproduce, disseminate, publish, distribute, represent publicly, edit and modify the photos submitted in this Contest around the world and in perpetuity, with no remuneration whatsoever and, where appropriate, for all purposes related to Contest Sponsor’s activities, including but not limited to dissemination through various media, namely the Facebook page, Instagram account, Twitter account, and website. You also agree that your first and last names and/or account names may be used in association with the submitted photos.
The grand prize is awarded at the sole discretion of the Content Sponsor; photos will be judged by originality, unique qualities of the entrance, architecture of the building, quality of photography, and notability of the building or end user of the entrance product.
The Contest Sponsor will select winners within (5) business days of each contest period listed above. Prizes are subject to availability, and the Contest Sponsor reserves the right to substitute an item of equal value.