When the new Sunset Primary School in Portland, Oregon was designed, it was done so to maintain the nostalgia of its 1917 beginnings. But, as is required with all schools today, the safety and security of the students and staff was the top priority. With active shooter scenarios becoming a regular occurrence in schools, architects and construction companies must consider how to keep the children safe when a potential threat arises.
Contractor Triplett Wellman Construction partnered with American Direct to provide exactly what the school needed to ensure a safe and secure environment for Sunset students. Specifications called for the BEST SHELTER SYSTEM, and American Direct Northwest Regional Sales Manager, Tony Mendenhall, reviewed the pre-designed specifications from the architects and confirmed that the suggested BEST product would meet the needs and restrictions of the school’s access control system.
Since the BEST SHELTER product is a responsive lockdown solution that can be configured to adapt to any building and security protocol, it was the perfect fit for Sunset Primary. SHELTER has the ability to connect to an alarm panel to notify first responders and lock down a single door, a set of doors, or an entire building of doors, making it an excellent product for primary schools.
Mendenhall also served as a liaison between Triplett Wellman, BEST, and the school district, providing the necessary training to school faculty who would carry, or have access to, a SHELTER fob. With assistance from the school’s integration resource, the SHELTER network components were configured so the fob initiates a signal to the pre-installed access control system or alarm system, allowing communication with first responders.
Acting as a liaison between the general contractor, the supplier, and the end user is one of the pre-construction services American Direct provides to help manage quality, schedule, and cost throughout the life of a project. Plus, American Direct’s expertise in Division 8 and Division 28 product and service is invaluable in ensuring all pieces of the safety and security puzzle fit together properly.
Triplett Wellman Vice President of Operations, Eric Hall, said, “We have done quite a bit of work with American Direct — they are one of the best as far as getting the right product to us, looking ahead, and making sure we are dialed in for scheduling issues.”
The unfortunate reality of today is that schools must be lockdown ready at a moment's notice. But, there is some comfort knowing that with excellent security products such as BEST SHELTER system coupled with the expertise of American Direct, the parents and faculty of Sunset Primary can rest assured their children are safe and secure.