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.
Commonly referred to as Clark and Grand Hotels, Aloft (Starwood), Hyatt Place (Hyatt), and Fairfield Inn and Suites (Marriott) each have their own unique brand standards but are all under the same roof. The build out was one process rather than by individual hotel, making this job one for the ages.
One of the main goals of the design team was to create a home-like ambiance on the exterior as well as the interior so residents would feel more “at home” in the facility. Because of the numerous openings and several door vendors being used, keeping delivery of product on schedule was indeed a challenge. American Direct’s vendors went above and beyond to get materials delivered on time in order to meet deadlines, one of the many benefits of American Direct’s deep industry ties and vendor relationships.
The access control system for Stonebridge Terrace was a turnkey project for American Direct. Their installers were responsible for not only the installation of the electronic equipment, but also for training the end users, including programming the keyfobs.
The goal was to make sure that when the doors and hardware were installed and a layman walked the halls of the State House, there would be no visible difference between a restored door or hinge and a new one. In order to accomplish this, extra attention was paid to hardware finishes and wood color so that the new or restored piece matched the original exactly.
DPR hired American Direct as the openings provider on the project, and quickly involved them in the Integrated Project Delivery (IPD) project management method they were employing in an effort to shave months off the timeline.
This will no doubt rate as one of the rarest projects American Direct has ever worked on. What is not unique, however, is the synergy that emerged between project partners Deluxe Building Systems, American Direct, Garrison Architects, Triton Structural and the City of New York that put the needs of New Yorkers and surrounding areas first.