I really appreciate all of the comments and suggestions that were left in response to my post called WWYD? Cross-Corridor Pair. I love the collaboration and I know we can all benefit from the experience of others as well as the different points of view.
My coworker, Bill Lawliss, and I are creating a new course for the New England Chapter of the Door & Hardware Institute, and I would love to have collaboration from some of you on it. We can make the class available for any chapter to use if you’re interested. Our goal is to have an ongoing series of classes prior to our DHI meetings, where beginner/intermediate-level industry members can learn a bit about a certain category of hardware, and then work in teams to create hardware sets for a couple of openings. It will be a little like the old AH-2 class, except divided into segments. Each opening that we work on will have two options for hardware sets – a basic set for the beginners and a more complicated set for the intermediates (for example, the intermediate set may add access control).
We have a hospital project that we’re going to use for the ongoing course, and we’ll be making up handouts for each opening showing the door and frame information, the partial plan, and the criteria. The teams will create hardware sets and we’ll review them as a group.
I think it would be very valuable to have input and feedback from a group of experienced hardware experts, to make sure that we’ve thought of each opening from every angle. I would like to put these openings on a secure page of my site, and allow the group of experts to share their insight. If you have at least 10 years of applicable experience and are willing to share your expertise, please leave a comment below and I’ll add you to an email group and notify you when the first opening is ready for your review.
For those of you who might benefit from attending a class like this, we may offer it as a live webinar once we have all the kinks worked out.
Thanks in advance to the volunteer experts!
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Lori, this sounds like a great idea. I don’t have 10 years experience, but I will comment here anyway. One thing that I have found working with hospital projects specifically is that the end users aren’t often asked how they want certain doors to work. We get a lot of feedback from nurses after jobs are complete. Something you could work on, especially with beginners, would be talking about how the openings are going to be used from the end users view point. Not just giving them the details and saying, “now go make a hardware set that does this”.
Thanks Joe…10 was just a random number to keep the potential future students from reading all of the expert feedback instead of attending the class, or studying ahead of time so they can be the teacher’s pet. 🙂
Lori, This sounds great and perfect for a beginner like me. Can’t wait to hear more about it.
I am 18yrs I’m this profession. I would love to review and comment on HW sets
Lori, I’d like to participate. Dave
Lori… I would be glad to assist you if you need my area of expertise….
I too like the idea. It sounds like a good way to learn AND teach something.
Years of experience = like the old TV show — thirtysomething
I am an Institutional Locksmith, working in a large Medical Center complex for over twenty-five years. I specialize in developing Key Systems for new construction and renovation projects, and contribute to specifying hardware. I would be happy to participate if I can be of any help.
Hi Lori, I’m in. I look forward to educating our chapter members viw the chapter again.
I cant spel two well butt I do kno hardwhere :>
It should say via the chapter.
I can’t remember how many years I have since it’s been so long. I would love to help and possibly use this as well for the Blue Grass Chapter of DHI. Could we do it in tandum? Oh yeah it just came to me I have 22 years with just this company.
Count me in. I’ve been writing, reviewing, rejecting, and solving door hardware issues for more than 20 years.
This sounds great, and something I’d like to get our local DHI Chapter involved with. Can you keep me in the loop with this – so I can pitch this to our guys?
I have over 13 years of experience as a detailer in this industry and would love ot participate.