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Balancing the critical requirements of strength, security, and patient comfort is a paramount challenge for behavioural health facility managers and building design teams. Addressing the need for a durable wood door that can withstand the physical demands of behavioural health patients has been a long-standing dilemma for architects in this field.
Innovative Solution: Anti-Barricade Security Wood Door & Steel Frame Assembly
In response to this challenge, AMBICO has taken a significant step forward by introducing a cutting-edge product that meets the demand for a robust solution. The result is the creation of AMBICO’s Anti-Barricade Security Wood Door & Steel Frame Assembly, which effectively combines the strength of proprietary structural steel with the warmth of wood.
Test Project: Richard H. Hutchings Psychiatric Center
A real-world application of AMBICO’s solution was seen in the renovation of the Richard H. Hutchings Psychiatric Center in Syracuse, New York. Established in 1972, the center required an upgrade for an area designated for particularly agitated patients. The challenge was to provide a door capable of withstanding years of abuse while maintaining a secure and comfortable environment.
Endorsement and Compliance
The effectiveness and safety of AMBICO’s Anti-Barricade Security Wood Door & Steel Frame Assembly have been extensively verified. The New York State Office of Mental Health has thoroughly tested and approved these assemblies, endorsing their use in behavioural health facilities. They are now included in the official Patient Safety Standards, Materials, and Systems Guidelines document.
Unique Features of Steel Frame Design
The steel frames developed by AMBICO come with a unique swing clear stop feature, allowing the door to swing in either direction for anti-barricade safety and security. These assemblies are equipped with a heavy-duty double-acting continuous hinge, further enhancing their functionality. As an added advantage, assemblies can be customized with various veneer species and finish options, including factory staining, clear coating, or prime painting, offering the patient the warmer ambiance of wood finishes.
Addressing a Long-standing Need
Architects and designers specializing in behavioural health facilities have long sought effective door solutions for high-risk areas like patient rooms. Traditional solid core wood doors have fallen short in terms of durability, while conventional steel doors have failed to contribute to the therapeutic and nurturing atmosphere preferred in such environments. The AMBICO Anti-Barricade Security Wood Door & Steel Frame Assembly has successfully bridged this gap.