Bob Larson of Builders Hardware brought up a good question the other day…what’s the best way to handle the outside trim on the exterior pairs on a school? We all have our preferences, but given the changing security, access control, and accessibility requirements, this might be a good time to take another look at this common application. The question could apply to any type of building, but let’s think about this in context of a school to give us some focus – I’d love your insight on this.
Here are some questions to get the responses flowing:
- If surface-mounted pulls are used, should we specify two pulls, or would one pull make schools safer by preventing someone from securing the two pulls together to delay access or egress?
- Do some facilities or specifiers prefer lever trim for exterior doors on schools? Why, or why not? One lever or two?
- I know that flush pulls and other vandal-resistant styles have become popular for some districts, but are they easy to use for someone with a disability?
- For pairs or banks of doors, should only one door have a cylinder, or more than one?
- For doors that are only used for egress and not for access, should there be a cylinder and/or pull to be used for access by emergency services?