3 factors to consider when specifying reception doors

3 factors to consider when specifying reception doors

In this article Boon Edam discusses what factors need to be considered to deliver a perfect entry solution.

1. Who and what occupies the building?

The entry solution required varies depending on whether a building is for sole occupancy or to be used by multiple companies. With small office buildings, you often find that the priority is the practical functionality of the door, with a lot less focus on the aesthetic element.

All buildings have internal assets and people that they need to protect from external factors, the sensitivity and vulnerability of these assets and people will determine the level of security required from the entrance solution.

2. What is the client requirement for the entry solution?

If the aim of the entry solution is to control the flow of traffic, low-level security doors or pedestrian turnstiles can be specified. Many reception areas have security barriers or waist height turnstiles, simply to create a barrier between authorised personnel and visitors or to stop people entering areas they shouldn’t.

Internal comfort is another factor which should be considered. Revolving doors are the perfect solution as they not only control disruptive traffic flow in a meeting space but also prevent a draught from entering the building and promote energy efficiency.

3. Does the entry solution require any bespoke options?

The usability of any entrance system for employees and visitors to a building is an important factor when considering the entrance specification.

Integrating the building’s lift display into the top of a speed gate is a one solution that is becoming popular. A user presents their I.D. card to access the building and the lift then automatically arrives to take them to the designated floor specified by their I.D. This kind of technology is becoming more common in reception areas to provide a smooth operating function in busy, multi-tenant corporate buildings.

Large corporations often require bullet-resistant glass as an extra security feature. Panic buttons are installed for those who require them and are available as an upgrade at any time. They are controlled via the reception desk and lock down all doors, either at the same time or individually, in the case of an emergency.

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