The Innovation, Science and Technology Building at Florida Polytechnic University

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New building becomes instant architectural icon

Wide open building design balanced with online security and door opening solutions from ASSA ABLOY

Florida Polytechnic University is the newest member of the Florida State University System. The university is situated in Lakeland, Florida on a new campus designed by architect Santiago Calatrava. The school opened for classes in August 2014. The 162,000 square-foot Innovation, Science and Technology (IST) Building is the first facility on campus, housing offices for the faculty and university administration, along with classrooms and a library.

Challenge: Despite the wide-open spaces that characterize the IST building, school officials wanted to create a safe learning environment anchored by a doorway security system that would seamlessly blend with the overall architectural motif and operate with the designated building control software.

Solution: After examining the available access control systems on the market, Florida Polytechnic University chose the Harmony Integrated Wiegand lockset from ASSA ABLOY Group brand Sargent, along with doors and hardware from Corbin Russwin, Curries, Graham, McKinney, Pemko, Rixson, Rockwood and Securitron. The stylish Harmony locks feature an open architecture platform that enables them to integrate with the school’s access control system software. This feature gives school personnel to monitor doors in real time and instantly change access control privileges.

In addition to the open architecture platform, Harmony locks combine all standard access control components—the card reader (supports all HID 125 kHz proximity credentials), door position switch and request-to-exit sensor—into a single device. So instead of installing numerous separate components around the door opening, they are all incorporated into the Harmony lockset. This integrated approach significantly reduces installation time and creates a streamlined aesthetic that blends flawlessly into any environment. Installation of the locksets was further simplified by the use of ElectroLynx quick connect hinges from McKinney and Securitron power supplies.