American Direct President, Byron Whetstone, calls upon the construction industry to put safety and security at the forefront of every project to better protect the people who will occupy the buildings being built.
American Direct President, Byron Whetstone, discusses how American Direct is on a trajectory to being an innovative disruptor in the door and hardware industry through its totally integrated security solutions at the door opening.
Among the many special requirements for the facility was a high level of sound control at the door opening so that conversations held in a meeting or training room cannot be overheard in adjacent areas.
Because Olathe sits right in the heart of tornado alley, the project had the requirement of providing enough emergency shelter for all 500 employees. That meant working with specialty suppliers on securing product with much higher safety ratings and performance standards than typical doors and hardware.
The preconstruction consulting offered by American Direct was an important value-added service on the project. When utilized prior to construction, this service provides insurance to the general contractor that with all design concerns considered, the most functional and affordable product has been selected.
Things in the openings industry have changed a lot since I started American Direct back in 1991. I’m pleased to invite you to explore the latest evidence that American Direct continues to evolve with the ever-changing door opening landscape: our updated brand, logo, and website.
When every moment counts, it always helps to be working with an installer who understands the importance of meeting a deadline. Having materials and installation handled by American Direct allowed for a seamless turnkey situation for the contractor when time was crucial.
American Direct’s turnkey approach on this job offered the project owner a full slate of services including pre-construction product analysis, product ordering, delivering and overseeing the installation.
American Direct was initially retained to provide commercial door frames and hardware, pre-hung doors, and associated openings product for the project. But when the contractor learned that American Direct could not only deliver but also install all of that product from its Regional Service Center (RSC) in Tempe, they added access control to American Direct’s responsibilities as well.
When Starwood Hotels started planning for its Aloft Hotel in downtown Denver, the company knew it wanted guests to be able to to check in, get their room number and unlock their door, all through the company’s proprietary smartphone app. To make the system work, American Direct had to supply a very specific set of door opening products.
American Direct worked closely with the architect to develop a hardware schedule which defined the brands and the functionality of the door hardware selected as well as comply with fire, life safety, accessibility and building code requirements. This guidance assured an economic and aesthetic compatibility to the owner’s requirements, plus reduced the risk for cost related changes in the field due to incomplete or incorrect hardware or opening selection.