Richard H. Hutchings Psychiatric Center

Balancing the need for strength and security along with patient comfort is an essential goal of behavioral health facility managers and their building design teams. The desire to develop a wood door robust enough to satisfy the physical abuse requirements of behavioral health patients has been an exhausting challenge to concerning architects.

At the architect’s request, AMBICO has stepped forward with our latest product to satisfy this demand. Our newly developed wood security door utilizes a proprietary structural steel core to ensure the necessary strength provisions. This is what led to the creation of AMBICO’s Anti-Barricade Security Wood Door & Steel Frame Assembly.

AMBICO’s Anti-Barricade Security Wood Door & Steel Frame Assemblies have been thoroughly tested and approved for use by the New York State Office of Mental Health and included in their Patient Safety Standards, Materials and Systems Guidelines document.

The doors were used in a test project at the Richard H. Hutchings Psychiatric Center in Syracuse, New York. The Center, built in 1972, was being renovated on one floor. This floor was an area that was designated for particularly agitated patients and called for a door that could withstand years of abuse.
The steel frames have been uniquely developed with the option to utilize a swing clear stop, allowing the door to swing in either direction for anti-barricade safety and security. The door manufacturer furnishes assemblies with a super heavy-duty double acting continuous hinge. Assemblies can be furnished with any available veneer species and they can be custom factory stained, clear coat or prime painted for custom paint finish.

The designers of behavioral health facilities have long searched for wood door solutions for high-risk areas such as patient rooms. Traditional solid core wood door solutions have not proven robust enough for these types of openings and traditional steel doors fail to contribute to the warm, nurturing atmosphere called for in this context. AMBICO’s Anti-Barricade Security Wood Door & Steel Frame Assembly has proven itself up to the task.

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