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Vertex Student Apartments

Client:

Hardison Downey Construction

Location:

Tempe, AZ

Market:

Education

Challenge

Contractor Hardison Downey Construction was tasked with building a massive new student apartment complex just a block from the main Arizona State University campus. The project features five separate buildings and more the 2,800 openings — a huge logistical challenge for the contractor as they sought to have commercial door frames, pre-hung doors, closets, baseboards, shelving and access control installed.

Solution

Initially, Hardison Downey planned to have local electricians or low-voltage contractors pick up the access control portion of the project, but the nearby presence of an American Direct Regional Service Center (RSC) meant that American Direct could handle both delivery and installation of that product in a cost-effective manner. American Direct was awarded the contract, making the entire process turnkey for the contractor. Having American Direct take over all aspects of the openings eliminated scope gaps because the contractor had a single point of contact for any issues with the openings hardware installation.
“It was great to have a single source that we could communicate with regarding what areas in the apartment buildings needed specific access, who (students, employees, etc.) needed to be given access, and who would pre-program the lock fobs and work with the end user to make sure everything met their needs.” — Steve Shaw, Project Director, Hardison Downey

Contributors


Access management software
Open Options

Door controllers
Mercury

Electronic locks
Schlage Offline Deadbolts

Card readers
APTIQ

Video management software
Salient Systems

Network video recorder
Salient Systems

Security cameras
Axis Communications

Hollow metal frames and doors
Ceco Door Products

Prehung door units
R&K Building Supply

Wood doors
VT Industries

Track hardware
LE Johnson 

Locks
Falcon, Schlage

Closers
Falcon, LCN

Panic devices
Falcon

Hinges and trim
Ives

Thresholds and gasketing
National Guard Products

Electric strikes
Von Duprin, Trine Access Technology

Door position switches
Sentrol

Lourvers
Activar Construction Products