Overview

Pre-installing security door hardware is a growing trend in the construction industry, and it is a natural outgrowth of Anderson Lock’s total opening capabilities.

Because our installation techs are proficient with all types and brands of mechanical and electronic hardware, and with hollow metal, aluminum, and commercial wood doors, it takes them much less time to pre-install these items than it would take a carpenter who is not familiar with security door hardware products. Troubleshooting manufacturing defects, before a door is put into the opening, is yet another way that pre-installation saves contractors’ time and money.

Turner Construction was the general contractor for this new construction data center, which is the size of nearly four football fields, in Elk Grove Village. Turner’s Erin Cullen noted that, “There is an increase in the quality of the installation because it’s done in a controlled environment.”

Anderson Lock’s Tom Lavin, a seasoned Senior Project Manager, coordinated deliveries of painted metal doors, with hardware pre-installed, with Turner’s build-out schedule for the 221,000 square foot facility. Tom predicts that, “many more of our contract hardware customers will be relying on us to integrate pre-installation with their projects.”

Aaron Parson and Todd Paluch, the two techs assigned to this large pre-installation project, enjoyed working indoors during some of this past winter’s coldest days. Both men are skilled field installers of doors, frames and security hardware, with several years of experience. They worked together, completing one door at a time, then packaged the remaining screws, closer arms, strikes and any other items that couldn’t be pre-installed on that door, in plastic bags, plus one box per opening, and marked them so Turner’s on-site installers could seamlessly hang the doors in the frames.

There is an intangible element to pre-installation of hardware that, when done by our experienced installers, adds value by providing peace of mind. Using all the correct fasteners, knowing which arm to use on a door closer that may be shipped with three choices, and testing for manufacturing defects, goes beyond standard expectations and lessens last minute anxiety on the jobsite.