Columbia Square, Washington D.C.

Gunnebo Entrance Control supports access policies in Columbia Square, Washington D.C.

  • Office Buildings
  • Columbia Square, Washington DC
  • Entrance Control
  • Gunnebo SpeedStile

Background

Columbia Square is a multi-tenant office complex in the heart of Washington, DC. The project was completed in 2011, and encompasses two main elevator lobby entrances along with a visitor check in areas. Hines is the sole owner of the building and acted as the developer and current property manager however was designed by the famed PEI Cobb Freed & Partners. Columbia Square is one of the most attractive DC properties accented by a grand 13-story atrium within the main lobby. Tenants include Hogan Lovells, Debevoise & Plimpton and the City Club of Washington.

Challenge

Having conducted a security assessment across numerous buildings, Hines highlighted the need for further security to assist in keeping their tenants safe. The first addition was the installation of access control within the elevators and each tenant floor. However with an open lobby environment and public access to all areas of the facility, Hines looked to further enhance its security.

Solution

After much research, Hines chose to deploy Gunnebo’s OptiStile 720 optical turnstiles with swing glass barriers for all elevator lobby entrances both from the main lobby and back entrances. A total of eight (8) lanes and twelve (12) pedestals of OptiStile 720s were installed along Gunnebo’s HMI touchscreen controller which serves to control and manage all turnstile lanes. Not only was security a big factor in choosing Gunnebo, but also aesthetics and customization. Meeting specific requirements with the buildings architects, Gunnebo manufactured the turnstiles in a brushed brass finish with stone lids to match the stone within the lobby. Furthermore, a visitor card drop was also designed in to the exit direction of the turnstiles.

Around the reception area, Microsoft also asked Gunnebo to install a series of glass panel barriers to prevent visitors bypassing the SpeedStile entrance gate to get to the stairs.

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