What challenges did Versatile face during the Witherspoon Building project?
The age of the Witherspoon building combined with the amount of steel that was required to bring the building up to current seismic standards made our job very difficult.
Another challenge was incorporating electronics for a security system into a solid wood door.
What were the Uniquely Versatile solutions?
We had to keep very close vertical and horizontal alignment throughout our storefront system. We built the rough openings around the steel beams.
To incorporate the electronics, we ran wiring through the lock rail of the door to get them from a special hinge to an electrified latch. This was then linked to a card reader. This was an extremely difficult and laborious task that our shop pulled off.
What was the result?
The vertical mullions at the lower and upper storefront windows align perfectly, as do all of the casings.
As for the door, the result was an end product that looks beautifully simple and historic. But upon closer inspection, actually houses a tremendous amount of hardware and technology.