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Entryway Security Can Be Understated, Yet Effective
The design of a new corporate headquarters building for a Fortune 500 financial services organization in downtown Minneapolis, Minn., offers community-centric public areas as well as complimentary security strategies. The building, designed by HGA, includes physical security and electronic security features that keep the corporate spaces protected in a way that is both understated in its design and convenient for building users.
In the entryways, automation features added to enhance ease of use also made it possible to choose oversized doors that might otherwise be difficult for users to operate, especially given the wind load often experienced in urban centers. Instead of standard optical motion sensors, many of the doors feature electronic signals that are triggered by contact on door pulls that work even when people are wearing gloves, as they often are in a Minnesota winter. The technology employed satisfies ADA accessibility concerns without the need to create separate ADA entrances.
Using biometric door hardware with touchless concealed automatic operators and internal request exit devices, the enhanced security system was designed to give users options for access that would meet a variety of needs, allowing individuals to use either their badge or other issued credentials to activate secure doors. This technology was also integrated with the fire and smoke control systems with added automation for adaptive response to any threats of smoke or fire.