This Design and Build project was carried out for Dell, a valued customer whom we have worked with for the last 20 years. The existing entranceway was dated and was in need of a modern, welcoming upgrade.
There were ongoing issues with leaks and damaged seals throughout. The internal floor was damaged and the sliding door for wheelchair access was redundant. From a security point of view, the campus works off a swipe access system. The two Existing turnstiles were old and unreliable and required upgrading.
The client requested a full design and build package. O’Brien Facilities looked after the full design which was completed with full structural steel drawings for the main frame of the new entranceway.
The entrance is the main access on site for up to 1,000 daily staff. Due to this heavy volume, high quality door-sets were requested along with a fully functioning sliding door for wheelchair access. The original entranceway was fully glazed and caused numerous problems which varied from too hot in the summer to too cold in the winter.
The lack of protection from the sun caused a constant glare on security staff located at reception inside the doors. To eradicate this it was proposed to cover the top with a fully covered roof. A durable but aesthetically pleasing product was requested for the main façade.
Durable flooring was critical for withstanding foot traffic and also water due to the proximity of the outdoors. As the glazed roof was been removed it was imperative to keep all walls and ceiling a bright colour to ensure the reception area was not dark and gloomy.
As we were installing a complete new entrance, the existing structure had to be completely demolished and removed. This left an open void into the building. Prior to any demolition works taking place, a security hoarding wall was constructed – this consisted of a double layer of stud partition using marine plywood and was fitted with security mesh sheets between both layers.
The Façade of the main building consisted of cladded panels, glazing and brick work sections. All sections needed to be opened up in order to tie the steel frame and roof into the main building. Following this, matching materials needed to be sourced and fitted to have no variance. The key to having a successful project was to ensure the issues with leaks was eradicated.
Following an extensive works from start to finish, the entranceway was completely transformed. A solid new steel structure was installed, two aluminium frame sets of swing doors were installed, with a sliding door installed to the side for wheelchair access – all doors worked off swipe access, incorporating push bars with automatic opening in the event of a fire. Insulated Kingspan cladded roof panels were installed along with new parapet flashings and an internal guttering system.
Internal works included the fitting of new stud walls, extension of sprinkler systems, new LED lighting fitted to the steel frame & heaters fitted above the doors, fitting of new turnstiles, painting to all walls and underside of roof deck and installation of an anti-slip floor.