If you’ve managed to get onto the site, you may be faced with distractions so once again a form or script might be helpful. Confirm the initial information taken over the phone, then build upon that. While you are there it only makes sense for you to take copious notes, and take the opportunity to ask questions and offer suggestions. Here are a few ideas:
- Locate all doors or areas to be secured.
Obtain floor plans if they are available. One time a client said he didn’t have a floor plan, so I took an evacuation plan posted next to a stairwell door and made a copy of it. (Sometimes a floor plan is not available because the client performed renovations without obtaining permits.)
- Ask about the key control. When was the last time the locks were recombinated? Is the customer using controlled key systems? Unless they are using controlled keyways, it is impossible to be certain that no unauthorized duplicate keys were made or distributed.
- Check each door, frame and hardware for proper operation and handing.
- Is the door labeled? (See the other article in this issue which discusses Fire Door Inspections)
- Note the type of surrounding walls and ceilings, in case you have to pull wire.
- Measure each door (i.e., mounting surface and width of door(s) for possible door hardware upgrades)
- Find out if the client any existing maintenance contracts, monitoring contracts or warranties on equipment or systems. You might want to help but the client may already be tied up in red tape you will unable to cut through - not fair game for you.
- Check for existing equipment such as:
– Access controls
– Life Safety systems/ exit hardware
– Security systems
– Video surveillance cameras and DVR/NVRs
– Fire alarms and sprinkler systems, and the location of the Fire Alarm Control Panel
– The presence, condition and operating condition of Door Closers
– The presence, condition and operating condition of Power Door Operators
Below is some detailed product information on devices often recommended during a site survey, particularly for institutional and healthcare clients.
Arrow Low Energy Door Operators
Ideal for retrofit applications, the Arrow 7700 Series converts interior, non-fire rated doors for ADA compliance easily and affordably while providing a simple way to achieve touchless environments in public restrooms. Furnished standard with a track assembly, the pull-side mounted unit can be operated manually or activated by wall switches, or radio frequency devices.
Easy to install, set-up and adjust, the 7700 Series is ideal for ADA-compliant offices, classrooms and dorm rooms, and touch free applications like public restrooms, labs and examination rooms. The 7700 has a one-year warranty.
Arrow 7800 & 7900 Series Powered Door Operators are low-energy operators which function as standard spring-force closers during close cycles when a door is opened manually, or if power is lost or turned off. Both the 7800 and the 7900 Series are UL and cUL listed for use on fire doors.
The 7800 hardwired door operator is ideal for doctors’ offices, retirement facilities, schools, churches, and other applications where noise may be a concern. The 7900 Series builds off the platform of the 7800 but is supplied with a plug-in power cord. Both have a 2-year warranty
All models are available in both Aluminum(689), Specify AL & Dark Bronze (690), Specify DB.
“We are constantly looking to find upgrade opportunities and add on products that dealers can expand their business with. When we learned that a lot of our dealers were not in this business at all, we came out with the 7800 and developed training around it to educate dealers on the additional opportunities they could achieve by adding door operators to their portfolio,” said Brad Smith, marketing director for Medeco and Arrow.
The Alarm Lock AL#715 is a time-proven solution for situations where a positive latching delayed system is required.