When I wrote the title of today’s post, I wondered where the term “onward and upward” came from.  I found that the original source was from a poem called “The Present Crisis” by James Russell Lowell (1819-1891):

New occasions teach new duties; Time makes ancient good uncouth;         
They must upward still, and onward, who would keep abreast of Truth;     
Lo, before us gleam her camp-fires! we ourselves must Pilgrims be,           
Launch our Mayflower, and steer boldly through the desperate winter sea, 
Nor attempt the Future’s portal with the Past’s blood-rusted key.

176 years later, this poem still resonates.  (The full poem is here.)

But I do feel like we’re moving onward and upward!  I’ll admit, in the middle of 2020 I was a little worried about how well online training would work, since we couldn’t be together in person.  A year later, it’s clear that there are some advantages to providing training this way – especially the availability of these classes to many more people.

Our remote learning continues in the coming months, with a new series of Allegion 101 classes, more Door Drills sessions, a Security in 30 presentation, and of course, the Webinar Wednesday classes by our national trainers.  I’ll have more information about the available classes each week, or you can access the Allegion Virtual Events Calendar to see what’s coming up.

Here are this week’s Webinar Wednesday sessions, presented this Wednesday, June 30th (all times are EDT):

  • 10:00-11:00am: Access Control for Stairwells
    • Stairwell openings provide unique challenges for hardware and security professionals. As fire-rated openings, they must meet the requirements as defined by our building codes. And, as stairwell openings, there are another set of requirements set by our building codes around re-entry requirements. In the event of a fire, the codes want to ensure no one gets caught in a smoke-filled stairwell. Join Jeff Tock, our End User Training Manager, to learn more about how to meet these very important requirements while also addressing a multi-story building’s access control needs.
  • 12:00-1:00pm: Accessible Buildings: The Critical Requirements for Clear Width and Maneuvering Clearances
    • Although it has been thirty years since the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) defined what makes for an accessible commercial building, some buildings—especially structures built before 1990—may fall a little short in meeting the clear width and maneuvering clearance requirements for openings. In this session, learn what those requirements are, why they are so important to an individual with disabilities, and how to check and solve for compliance. Jeff Tock, our End User Training Manager, will be your guide.
  • 2:00-3:30pm: Decoded 2 – Fire Door Assemblies
    • Fire-rated openings play a critical role in the life safety plan of a building. NFPA 80 – Standard for Fire Doors and Other Opening Protectives includes detailed information about fire door assemblies. In this presentation, we will focus on fire- rated swinging doors, including where and when they should be used. We will look at a few types of fire-rated hardware that are commonly used and what they do. We also will review the basic rules and requirements for annual fire door inspections. Finally, we’ll discuss criteria and procedures for ensuring the best possible performance from our fire-rated openings. Jeff Tock, our End User Training Manager, will lead this discussion.
  • 4:00-5:00pm: Lock Functions
    • Are you new to locks for non-residential buildings? This webinar will provide you a solid foundation, from describing lock functions in terms of how the lock behaves to explaining the difference between function name, ANSI number, and Schlage model number. You’ll get the opportunity to practice selecting the best lock function for a particular scenario. Gordon Malczewski, Schlage Training Manager, will be your guide.

Visit the Allegion Virtual Event Calendar for more information and to register for any of these sessions.


AND…rescheduled to Tuesday, July 13th:

AIA Continuing Education Webinar | Decoded: Touchless Solutions for Healthy Environments
Tuesday, July 13th, 11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. and 2:00-3:00 p.m. EDT

With the increased focus on how to limit the spread of germs, many facility managers are considering their options for touchless operation of doors. This webinar will cover code requirements related to automatic operators and contactless access control, as well as accessibility considerations for new hands-free door pull designs.  Presented by: Heather Mistele, Architectural Services Consultant

Register here for the morning session or here for the afternoon session.

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