Fire Station Four-Fold Door Project Spotlight//Whitchurch-Stouffville Fire Station

In 2009 we manufactured doors for the Whitchurch-Stouffville fire station in Stouffville, Ontario Canada. The station and doors have made quite the impression in the industry for its design! In November the station received Gold recognition in the Volunteer/Combination category in Fire Chief magazine’s annual Station Style awards. In September the doors were the feature of an article done about the station and it’s retiring fire chief in Fire Fighting in Canada magazine. Here is an excerpt from the article:

 “The doors – the classic, arch-shaped doors – on the new Whitchurch-Stouffville Station 51, are impressive. They’ve been the talk of the town (well, at least among fire folks), since the 18,795 square-foot building (which includes 2,168 square feet for York Region Emergency Medical Services) opened Nov. 22, 2009, and are the first of their kind in Ontario…….The four-fold doors, made by Door Engineering & Manufacturing in Kasota, MN, are hurricane quality, open in a four seconds – faster than roll-up doors – and allow natural light into the bays, saving energy and money. The only maintenance required is an occasional squirt of grease on each of the doors’ four hinges……..(Chris) Powers, who oversaw every detail of the new station, saw the doors in a fire station design magazine.”

-Laura King in Fire Fighting in Canada

Door Engineering provided doors for a total of seven openings, five of the doors were 14’x14’ and two were 12’ x 12’.  All the doors were the FF300 series with eight windows per opening, top row being arched glass. They were prime painted at Door Engineering and finish painted in the field. The doors fit the rest of the fire station design perfectly and we were happy to hear that the community loves them!

 

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Hangars, Hangars, Hangars!

In honor of NBAA we thought we would show off just some of the hangar doors we have done thru the years.

Uni-directional bottom rolling hangar door

Uni-directional bottom rolling hangar door

Uni-directional bottom rolling hangar door with Aperture door

Uni-directional bottom rolling hangar door with Aperture door

Tip-Up Hangar Door

Tip-Up Hangar Door

Tip-Up Hangar Door

Tip-Up Hangar Door

Bi-parting bottom rolling hangar door

Bi-parting bottom rolling hangar door

Bi-parting bottom rolling hangar door

Bi-parting bottom rolling hangar door

Bi-parting bottom rolling hangar door

Bi-parting bottom rolling hangar door

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Tip-Up Hangar Door

Tip-Up Hangar Door

Tip-Up Hangar Door

Tip-Up Hangar Door

Tip-Up Hangar Door

Tip-Up Hangar Door

Bi-parting bottom rolling hangar door

Bi-parting bottom rolling hangar door

Bi-parting bottom rolling hangar door

Bi-parting bottom rolling hangar door

Uni-directional bottom rolling hangar door

Uni-directional bottom rolling hangar door

 

Pretty impressive if you ask us! Be sure to visit us at NBAA, booth 2196!

NBAA 2014 exhibitor

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NBAA here we come!

Our Aviation sales team is headed down to Orlando for the NBAA (National Business Aviation Association) Convention & Exhibition! This will only be the second year we are exhibiting at the expo, however we had attended for many years prior and it has always been a huge success. Just about any type of company that works in the aviation industry is in attendance. The expo is a great way for us to catch up with not only existing customers but also introduce ourselves to future customers.

NBAA 2014 exhibitor

 

We are booth #2196. Be sure to stop by and visit if you are at the show!

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Custom Door Project Spotlight: Starlight Amphitheater

The one-of-a-kind outdoor Starlight Theatre, located on the Rock Valley College campus, was in need of a 60’ wide by 30’ high stage door. Door Engineering and Manufacturing designed a bi-parting, bottom rolling stage door that complemented the theatre’s unique features.

The performer’s safety was the first concern when designing this project. The sliding door required bottom floor tracks which could cause a tripping hazard. Safety foam filler was inserted into the slotted track and allowed the wheels to travel over the track, as well as seal the track during a performance. Electric safety edges were also used to prevent the doors from colliding with performers and props while operating.

Polycarbonate interior/exterior sheeting covered the door frames. Designers created the look of vertical panels with selective door frame and support steel spacing. The door operator assemblies were stealthily designed to avoid distraction from the doors aesthetic qualities. The operators were also synchronized allowing both doors to operate simultaneously. Custom Bottom Rolling Door

Custom Bottom Rolling Door

Inside view

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7 Things to Consider When Choosing a Door for your Fire Station // Four-Fold Door Manfucturer

Four-Fold doors on Fire Station   SPEED- What is your response time goal? When every second counts in responding to call it is vital that you are taking every measure you can to ensure that you are getting to the scene as quick as possible. The Four-Fold door system opens in less than half the time of your standard overhead sectional doors. Don’t believe us? Check out the video. Loop detectors that automatically close the door after you exit eliminates the need to sit and wait for the door to close, again cutting out precious seconds.

SAFETY- When a call comes in and the adrenaline surges the last thing you need to worry about is running into a half open door.  Fire truck vs door is definitely going to slow you down! Getting out of the station safely is part of getting out quick and you ideally want both to happen. Features like being able to see the door the entire time it is opening and therefore knowing the exact second it is clear to go and presence sensors & safety edges that make sure the door doesn’t close on a person or vehicle are a must for a critical facility. Horizontal movement of Four-Fold door

CONVENIENCE/EASY MANUAL OPERATION- The power is out and you get a call. How easy is it for you to open your doors manually? The answer should be “Its easy, no big deal at all!” If that is not your answer, well, it might be time for new doors! The Four-Fold door manual disconnect is as simple as pulling the  manual release cable and then swinging the door open.

Pull handle for easy manual operation

Pull handle for easy manual operation

USAGE- How many calls does your station respond to a day on average? Making sure that your doors can stand up to your workload is crucial. Door Engineering’s Four-Fold door system has been designed and tested for 1,000,000 cycles.

MAINTENANCE- There are two things that can be annoying when a door goes down at a fire station- 1. One less way to get out of the station, which can be problematic. 2. Having to find time to fix the door. Standard overhead doors typically require time consuming regular maintenance and are more prone to parts breaking, such as springs. By comparison, the Four-Fold doors though require only minimal standard preventative maintenance and typically the only parts you will be replacing are weather seals or safety edges.

ENERGY EFFICIENCY- Building an energy efficient station is one of the biggest requirements these days. The Four-Fold door offers multiple features that provide greater energy efficiency over a conventional overhead door. With an open/close speed of less than 7 seconds for a 14 x 14 door (the most common size for fire stations) there is minimal heating or cooling loss.  The 1″ insulated glass allows you to have as much glass as you want in your door without comprising climate control. As a last defense in being energy efficient the doors have full perimeter weather seals that keep the weather out.                                                                                                                       Bottom brush seal on Four-Fold DoorCenter seal on Four-Fold door

AESTHETICS- A fire station is an important fixture in a community. It symbolizes help and safety. You want your station to look the part. When building a brand new station so much thought is put into the appearance of the station but often the door is not given much thought.  Given that the doors actually take up a significant part of the exterior and are often most of what can be seen it only goes to stand that they should be a very important aesthetic feature. Door Engineering’s Four-Fold doors panesl can be customized so you can get just the right look for your fire station design. The doors below were designed to match the very original doors of the station!

Original doors on the fire station

Original doors on the fire station

Design recreation on Four-Fold door panels

New Door Engineering doors

Contact us to talk about your next station! 800-959-1352 or dooreng@doorengineering.com

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Custom Door Project Spotlight: Vestas Wind Turbine Manufacturing Plant

Vestas, a wind-powered turbine manufacturer, was in the final stages of completing its  new tower manufacturing plant in  Pueblo, Colorado. Because the tower assemblies are so large, the metalizing rooms were not big enough to allow the complete tower fabricated assembly to enter and be worked on. Door Engineering was asked to design and build a custom door solution.

Door Engineering manufactured 16, 18’ wide by 26’ high, double swing doors. A 15’x15’ circular cut-out was incorporated in the center of the door to allow the tower assemblies to enter from one side of the metalizing room, become metalized and then continue to move through as the tower surfaces were prepped. Vinyl draft curtains where hung from the cut-out and draped over the tower assemblies to reduce contaminates from entering the prep bays. Precision designed hinges were used because of the size and weight of the door. Door Engineering’s solution allowed the manufacturing process to run as intended and each tower assembly remained in the assembly line to be prepped and metalized before receiving the finish paint.

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10 Quick Facts about American Metal Door

1. We’re 76 years old
2. First 4 hour hollow metal fire door in the US
3.. First 4 hour composite fire door in the US
4. First fire rated bottom supported/top guided system in the US
5. Door Engineering purchased us in 2002
6. First 4 hour all steel sliding composite fire door in the US
7. First 40” wide stainless steel pass door tested and approved for use in both hollow metal and composite stainless steel fire doors
8. We were initially based in Richmond, IN
9. First Nema 7 intrinsically safe explosion proof operator to pass U.L. tests
10. We’re awesome

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Four-Fold Door Project Spotlight: Refinery Fire Station

Due to being adjacent to process units, this refinery fire station needed apparatus bay doors that were blast resistant. And we were the perfect company for the job! Door Engineering worked closely with the customer to custom engineer our Four-Fold door to meet the blast requirements.  The doors are designed for 1.58psi & to meet ASTM F2247 requirements. This same door system was tested to meet FEMA 361 & ICC-500 tornado shelter requirements.

All the doors were 14′-0″ wide by 14′-6″ tall with impact glass in each door section and were factory finished.

Blast Resistant Four-Fold Door

Automated Cremone style hurricane windlock. Lock will engage when door is closed and disengage when door opens.

 

Blast Resistant Four-Fold Doors

The doors were recently installed and are working great.

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Hangar Door Project Spotlight: Broome County Airport Hangar Refurbishment

Door Engineering’s Challenge: To convert the existing 4-section, trained bottom rolling, electrically operated hangar door system into an 8-section, bi-parting, electrically operated system without replacing the top tracks or door section framing.

Door Engineering and Manufacturing was granted the opportunity to convert the existing 4-section trained bottom rolling, electrically operated hangar door system into an 8-section, bi-parting hangar door at the Greater Binghamton Airport- Broome County Airport Hangar.

The existing system was no longer operating, requiring a tug to manually open and close the doors. The concrete at the bottom rail was raised and deteriorated and the top roller assemblies needed to be replaced.

The new configuration was designed by separating the existing trained panel door sections. The top tracks and door section framing were still in good condition. Top roller assemblies were traded in for new telescoping assemblies and weather seals were exchanged with bulb-type seals. The existing bottom rail systems were replaced along with the bottom wheels. The operator and electrical components, as well as the feed rail systems were also updated with new systems. New exterior corrugated, insulated sheeting was the finishing touch.

Hangar Door Refurbishment

Before

Hangar Door Refurbishment

Before

Hangar Door Refurbishment

After

Hangar Door Refurbishment

After

 

Installer: Groome Industrial Service Group

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