When seconds count, garage doors are crucial to first responders.
Commercial garage doors need to stand up to continuous use not normally seen on a home. While commercial doors are used a lot, the reliability factor doesn’t become critical—except in applications such as fire stations.
“Reliability and dependable performance are key factors for garage doors in any commercial setting, but perhaps most important when they’re located in a firehouse where seconds count,” said Joel Yackee of Haas Door, Wauseon, OH (haasdoor.com). “There’s no doubt that style and design are important, however the functionality of garage doors in a fire station is incredibly important.”
In Bryan, OH, the community fire department included Haas’ Commercial Aluminum and Commercial 2000 series doors in the construction of its new fire station. Six oversized front doors are made of insulated glass with aluminum rails, while the six rear doors are insulated steel with one section of full-view glass.
Yackee related that his company manufactures six different lines of doors made especially for commercial operations. “Commercial garage doors have to fit the specific needs of a project,” he said. “The Bryan Fire Department is an excellent example. They required Commercial Aluminum sectional doors for the front of the structure with lots of glass and heavy-duty frames. However, for the rear of the structure they wanted high R-value sectional doors to help increase energy efficiency and savings. The polyurethane insulation in these doors—R-17.66—provides one of the highest R-values available in 2-inch thick sectional steel doors.”
Firefighters depend on the firehouse doors to operate efficiently.
“We serve more than 13,700 people in our area, and this fire station is in constant use,” said fire chief Bruce Siders. “The garage doors from Haas Door have held up well over the years and are very reliable.”
Massive Alaska Firehouse
In Alaska, everything is big. The mountains. The glaciers. And the fire stations. The new Fire Station 73 in Big Lake boasts 19 large garage doors from Haas Door, making them one of the largest fire departments in “The Last Frontier” state.
Opened in early 2018, the West Lakes Fire Department was built by Howdie Inc., a general commercial contractor in Wasilla, AK. The fast-track design-build project began in April 2017 and was completed just 10 months later. The massive structure serves as a combination facility for two separate emergency-services departments.
One wing is fleet maintenance for the Matanuska Susitna borough, and the other wing is West Lakes Fire Station 73,” said Todd Nugent, CEO at Howdie Inc. “Commercial 2000 series garage doors from were used for drive-thru apparatus bays in both wings. They were also used as access to a maintenance warehouse and drive-thru access to a lube/oil room.”
The 19 Model 2032 doors feature smooth 20-gauge galvanized steel. CFC-free polyurethane insulation built into the 2-in. thick doors provides a high R-value in the sectional steel doors to enhance energy efficiency. The 2000 series doors are reinforced with roll-formed galvanized-steel struts and double-end hinges, as required to meet wind-load specifications and comply with ANSI/DASMA 102-2011. The three-tier, corrosion-resistant protective paint system with a polyurethane primer and durable polyester finish coat is used on the interior and exterior steel. Doors also include air-infiltration seals that exceed the ASHRAE 90.1 Standard.
“We used our scissor-bed truck for most of the 10-day installation to increase efficiency and safety on the job site,” said Jason Slater, project/operations manager at Door Systems of Alaska, Chugiak, AK. “There were 16 large 14-ft. by 16-ft. garage doors for this project plus two 10-ft. by 10-ft. doors and a single 12-ft. by 8-ft. door. We installed the doors in October, just in time for them to turn the heat on for the start of winter.
Along with having the drive-thru bays at the new fire station, the facility also features a warehouse, tool room, machine bays, and storage areas. To make life comfortable for the fire fighters, there’s a large kitchen, exercise room, day room, laundry facilities, bunk areas, and meeting space.
“We’re proud of how this project turned out for the fire fighters,” said Nugent. “Selecting high-quality garage doors was a smart choice that we believe will serve this station admirably for many years to come.”