Churches, like other facilities in the public sector, present design and maintenance challenges because they must comply with rigid building, life safety and accessibility codes that go above and beyond those in the private sector.

They must provide for the safety and security of occupants and visitors, and they should show environmental stewardship through responsible energy use and protection of the natural environment. Where appropriate, they must also preserve historical integrity.

Furthermore, an entrance system for a church oftentimes must meet tight budget restraints.

Community Baptist Church leaders asked for vision lites in a cross design, to match their existing doors (see ‘before’ photo below). However, that design is no longer available from the manufacturer. Therefore, a cross shape is indicated with the square top and rectangular lower vision lites in the ‘after’ photo below.

Dave Grothe, Anderson Lock’s Service Estimating Manager, met with representatives of the Community Baptist Church, in Warrenville, IL, to discuss the replacement of a pair of entrance doors, as well as a single side door. He specified white Special-Lite FRP [Fiberglass Reinforced Polyester] doors, each with four vision lites. Every entrance system built by Special-Lite is custom engineered, allowing choices in materials, finishes, hardware, glazing, transoms, side lites and thresholds. Special-Lite doors are scratch and dent-resistant, even in applications involving heavy traffic and extreme weathering.

New Von Duprin exit hardware and a Motion Access handicap door operator meet egress and accessibility codes.

Dave’s proposal was approved, the doors and security door hardware, were ordered, and were recently installed by our experienced, skilled lock techs.