Issue 1 March 2022


Welcome to March and issue #1 of Context, our new quarterly newsletter dedicated to sharing useful stories, technical spotlights, and insights about architectural and design applications from ASSA ABLOY Door Security Solutions. We know your schedule is full and your time is valuable, so we designed Context to be a quick, informative read. We hope you enjoy it!

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Case Study

California's Sonoma Academy: Sustainably built from the ground up

Located in southeastern Santa Rosa, Calif., the Sonoma Academy Janet Durgin Guild & Commons is a testament to the future of sustainability. The privately-owned college preparatory campus achieved three leading sustainability benchmarks: LEED v3 Platinum, Living Building Challenge (LBC) Petal Certified and WELL Building Standard Education Pilot, one of only a few nationwide to simultaneously reach these benchmarks.

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Tech Spotlight

The Good Design Studio
door: noun, often attributive \ ˈdȯr  \
Definition of door: 

1a means of access or participationOPPORTUNITY
//opens new doors to success

Doors shouldn’t be something you just throw open and slam shut. Sure, we depend on them to let us in and out and protect what’s behind them. But they should also be part of experiencing a sense of place.

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Thought Leadership

Security and Access Control for K-12 Schools is Far from Elementary
Determining the best K-12 access control solutions continues to be an evolving and complex security challenge. Districts and schools have many individualized requirements and unique procedures to follow.

In-person education is trending away from the days when students all sat facing the teacher at the front of a room with the door closed. Also changing is the reliance on mechanical door hardware alone. Today, it’s about mixed-use indoor/outdoor environments for project-based experiential learning, more light and visibility, and an expanding migration to electronic access control (EAC) solutions. Designing in security for more open spaces, more flexible classroom locations, and more daylighting can be complicated, but it is attainable.


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Meet the Team

sandy matheny

Meet Sandra Matheny

Director - Decorative Openings

Sandy is our Director - Decorative Openings at ASSA ABLOY. She’s been with the company nearly 16 years and has been opening new doors for us since day one.

A graduate of The Ohio State University with a wealth of insight gained from her experience in professional architectural practices, Sandy brings a valuable perspective to the design, development, and commercialization of ASSA ABLOY’s Decorative Door, Frame and Hardware Solutions.


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