Classroom Locksets Upgrade Pilot
The safety of our campus community is one of the top priorities for Facilities Management & Development. In response to growing concerns about classroom safety in an emergency FMD has implemented a pilot program to upgrade the locksets in select classrooms and teaching labs. Prior to the start of Fall Quarter 2018 new locksets were installed in Building 38 Mathematics, Building 22 English, and Building 10 Agriculture. These buildings were selected due to their high use.
Update: Effective January 2019 the pilot was expanded to include Building 53 Science North
There are two types of lockset depending on the existing classroom configuration.
Type A – “Flip Lock”
The thumbturns on the inside of the door allow occupants to quickly lock the door from the inside without opening the door or entering the hallway. The locks have an indicator on the inside that displays whether the door is locked or unlocked.
Type B – “Push-Bar Lock”
The thumbturn on the pushbar locks require approximately two rotations to lock. There is a directional lock/unlock sticker as opposed to the indicator on the flip lock.
On both lock styles first responders can enter the room using a key when locked. The doors can be freely opened from inside the room with a single action to exit, even when locked. These new locksets are fully compliant with all fire and life safety requirements.
Instructional video on how to operate the new locksets.
Information on the drive behind this pilot
Interview with Jude Fledderman, Executive Director for Facilities Operations, Derek Gragson, Associate Dean, College of Science and Mathematics, and Anton Kaul, Professor of Mathematics.
Share your Thoughts
Early in Winter Quarter the campus community will be invited to participate in a survey and share their thoughts and feedback on the pilot locksets. Facilities Management & Development is committed to continuing to improve classroom safety and your feedback will help to guide decisions on future lockset upgrades.
Interesting facts about the Classroom Locksets Upgrade Pilot
- Almost 100 locks in three different buildings were upgraded for this project.
- There are many different lock down and barricade devices available on the market, but very few comply with fire & life safety codes as required by State law. The locks installed are 100% code compliant and allow quick lock down of a classroom from the inside while still providing first responders the ability to enter with a key when needed.
- The locks installed use thumbturns instead of keys on the inside providing the ability for anybody in the classroom to lock the door quickly in an emergency instead of waiting for a key holder.
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