Security a top concern at new biotechnology facility

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The newly built HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology in Huntsville, Alabama, USA, is home to a number of companies conducting cutting-edge research.

The discoveries made within the institute’s walls are closely guarded and could hold the key to future success for these companies. Tenants need to be confident that they are working in a secure facility that will keep proprietary information safe within its confines. HudsonAlpha was able to provide this high level of security with a broad range of products from ASSA ABLOY. The four-story building of 25,000 m2 (270,000 sq. ft) will house up to 900 employees and contains state-of-the-art laboratories for genomic research and development of products and services supporting genome-based medicine. The approximately 1,000 doorways in the building have been equipped with products from Curries, Graham, HES, McKinney, Rixson, SARGENT and Securitron. In addition, the locking hardware was supplied with MicroShield antimicrobial coating and all electromechanical openings were wired with ElectroLynx connectors, a unique ASSA ABLOY solution that  simplifies installation and reduces costs. According to Jim Hudson, President of the Institute, security was always a priority issue.

“Right from the planning stage, we decided security was critical and had to be incorporated into the design of the building. We conveyed these concerns to the architect who then worked with ASSA ABLOY to address our needs.”

The facility’s access control system makes extensive use of card readers tied into mortise locks and electric strikes. Additional levels of protection are provided by a SARGENT high-security key system backed by the Key Wizard key management software.

“We like it that the doorway security system is unobtrusive and blends in with the overall facility design,” Hudson commented.

“This innovative security concept creates a level of convenience that gives building occupants a sense of freedom and makes HudsonAlpha a desirable place to work.”