Sustainable security solutions for new university building

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A broad range of door opening solutions from ASSA ABLOY meet the high design and sustainability standards for a striking new academic building at the University of South Carolina.


The Darla Moore School of Business at the University of South Carolina, US, is a thriving site of academic excellence with approximately 4,000 undergraduate and 800 graduate students.


The school recently expanded its focus to include sustainable enterprise and development – attributes that were therefore to feature prominently in the school’s new academic building to be built to LEED Platinum standards.

The 23,000 square-meter building was designed to accommodate a free flow of students and staff, thus creating a sense of community and openness that encourages personal interaction. A challenge to achieving this was presented by the number of closed-in spaces: the building has more than 400 door openings for various spaces which include 35 classrooms, 40 meeting rooms, 136 staff offices, a lecture hall, café and areas for group study. Each opening has its own security, safety and sustainability needs. 


The vast number of openings and diversity of applications was met thanks to a broad range of solutions offered by ASSA ABLOY Group brands Adams Rite, Curries, HES, McKinney, Norton, Pemko, Rixson, Rockwood, Sargent and Securitron.

The products – including doors, frames, hinges, locks, exit devices, door closers, overhead stops, pivots, wall magnets, floor closers, weather stripping and flat goods – come together to create complete openings that add to the facility’s design motif, while providing reliable electronic access control and contributing to the recycled content goals of the building materials. Designed with technical support from the US Department of Energy to identify sustainable opportunities, exterior openings were selected for their energy efficient contribution.