Four Seasons Boston carries distinct ASSA ABLOY touches

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Four Seasons properties around the world are known for their elegance and attention to detail. The new Four Seasons Hotel and Private Residences, One Dalton Street, Boston—a combined residential and guest facility—takes this design principle to a new level with door hardware innovations that address aesthetic, security and convenience demands.

The 61-story skyscraper adds a modern, triangular silhouette to the city skyline. The Four Seasons is the tallest residential building in New England and the third tallest building in Boston, complete with 215 luxurious hotel accommodations and 160 private condominium residences, as well as dining and wellness offerings. Project designers looked for door hardware to solve a couple of challenges: how to carry the triangular exterior design throughout interior spaces and, at the same time, implement a state-of-the-art access control system. Both of these objectives were solved with door hardware from ASSA ABLOY Group brands.

Sales and support teams from two separate divisions, ASSA ABLOY Opening Solutions Americas and ASSA ABLOY Global Solutions, collaborated to address each project need. The Opening Solutions team worked with the building architects to create a custom lever to be used on all doorways in the facility.

Custom door leverA specially designed triangular lever that matched the building’s exterior was completed under a program called SPAR (special application request). ASSA ABLOY design engineers worked with the architects to create an initial lever design that was rendered on a 3D printer, allowing for easy tweaks. The selected style was then created in a base metal and plated for the client to review. Then a final design was produced to exact specifications. This lever is installed on Yale hardware used on all secondary doorways and the VingCard locks found on all hotel room/residence entry doors.

Electronic access control is provided by ASSA ABLOY Global Solutions with its VingCard Essence locks that house all lock components, including the reader and mobile access board, inside the door itself to create a minimalistic expression. In addition to its advanced data encryption abilities which protect against unauthorized access, the lock is mobile access ready and connects to an online system that communicates with guest room thermostats for energy management.

Custom door pullEach residential unit also includes a delivery chamber equipped with a VingCard Signature RFID lock. The delivery system allows parcels to be deposited into the chamber without delivery personnel having to enter the residence.

ASSA ABLOY also worked with the construction team to meet their scheduling needs. In an effort to ease installation, ASSA ABLOY distribution partner, Eaton Door, preinstalled all hardware onto the doors offsite. This critical step in the construction project saved time, reduced errors, and simplified the doorway installation process.