Robert Squires, affectionately known as “Cowboy Bob,” is the lead carpenter at Edward Hines, Jr. Veteran’s Hospital, located near Chicago, in Hines, Illinois.
Anderson Lock estimator, Scott Heier, says, “Everyone knows him, and says hi to him when we are walking through the buildings.” Bob tells Scott to “put on your walkin’ shoes” when they meet, because sometimes they literally walk for miles, up and down the hallways of the 3,000-foot long, four-story tall Building One, which was built in 1918 to care for veterans returning from World War I, or the 15-story main hospital, and to any of the many other buildings that need new security hardware, doors and frames. “We estimate that there are 6,000 locking doors on the grounds,” Bob says. He counted the doors when planning for three separate Master Key Systems that Scott created for the third largest veterans’ hospital in the United States.
Anderson Lock lock techs pinned the Schlage restricted keyway SFIC cylinders, cut the keys, and recorded the 6,000 codes. Bob’s three-man crew installed the lock cylinders, department by department.
Our techs installed 60+ doors. “All kinds. Interior. Exterior. Wood. Hollow metal. Composite. All sizes, from 18-inches wide to 4-foot wide patient room doors… none of ‘em run of the mill, standard sizes!” Bob adds.
Bob, and Mike McMahon, Hines’ Director of Facilities Management, are serious about security, and about “saving the government some money,” so they call Anderson Lock for the “vast majority of our security and door hardware needs.”
The brim of Bob’s black, trademark cowboy hat tips as he smiles and nods, “And, when we have an emergency, you’re fast! Just last week your Jeff Stewart had two locks and some exit hardware delivered here within a couple of hours.”