Education – Building technology that is hygienic, functional and safe
Barrier-free doors, room hygiene, preventive fire protection, protection against vandalism: these are just a few of the keywords that outline the demands for door, window and safety technology in the education sector. GEZE understands the demands and provides individual and solution-oriented advice in every project phase.
Innovative building technology for education
The architecture of nursery schools, schools or universities must be functional, hygienic, inviting, and safe. One example: doors and windows play an important role in natural ventilation and fire protection. Retractable arm drives by GEZE help ensure comfortable daily ventilation – even for hundreds of windows. In preventive fire protection, furthermore, they ensure safe smoke removal, while locking mechanisms improve burglar-protection.
Accessibility always goes hand-in-hand with the planning of an educational institution. Automatic sliding and swing doors ensure that buildings can be entered without assistance. Additional sensors help to open doors automatically, and the free swing function allows the door to be opened with minimum effort.
And let's not forget: doors and windows should not provide a target for vandalism. Door closers installed in the doors help with this.
GEZE understands these demands for building technology for nursery schools, schools and universities, and supports you in all stages of the project.
Hygienic solutions for highly-frequented buildings in the education sector
Educational facilities in particular are used by many people every day. Hygienic solutions for indoor climate regulationthat improve air quality but also minimise contact surfaces increase building comfort and reduce the risk of transmission of infections.
Hygienic solution for highly-frequented buildings: proximity switches for automated doors and windows such as GEZE GC 306. © Lorenz Frey / GEZE GmbH
Particularly effective: automatic door and window systems with proximity switch. They enable contact-free use of doors and windows. Automatic proximity switches such as GC 306 detect persons and objects within a detection area of 10-50 cm and activate the automatic opening function when approached.
Furthermore, solutions for natural ventilation via automated windows not only increase room hygiene, but also improve the learning atmosphere. Automatic window ventilation systems enable set ventilation intervals – for optimal, controlled fresh air supply. Not only does this improve the air quality; it also ensures clean air that is virtually the same as natural air purification.
See our hygiene brochures to find out how you can make buildings more hygienic, more convenient and, as such, more liveable with automatic door and window systems.
Entrance areas: inviting and safe
Manual revolving doors in the City of Glasgow College
The moment you enter an educational institution through the main entrance, it instantly becomes clear that buildings in the education sector have to comply with many demands. GEZE solutions help you in this, because: the main entrance needs to provide direction whilst at the same time being inviting, functional and safe, since many people will be entering and leaving the building at any given time.
With the GEZE interlocking door system, for example, a solution can be created that allows people to enter a building in a controlled manner, yet still in larger numbers. Two single or double leaf doors are installed in sequence. These can be combined with manual and also barrier-free escape route solutions. Solutions for emergency exit protection save lives in case of danger and prevent day-to-day access by unauthorised persons. GEZE helps you combine your different demands, yet without neglecting the design.
GEZE products in Glasgow are doing just that: students at one of Europeʼs latest super colleges – the £228 million City of Glasgow College in the heart of Glasgow – are welcomed by GEZE products.
Door systems designed to deter vandalism
The guide rail in the Boxer is visible only when the door is open. © Erwin Kamphuis / GEZE GmbH
Losses due to vandalism can be a tough problem to solve – and not just in schools. GEZE can help you prevent vandalism with robust and durable yet convenient solutions for doors. For example, , the construction of the integrated closing sequence control can be designed such that it cannot be destroyed by applying force, and is overridden in the event of excessive force, ensuring the mechanism is not damaged. Door closers with guide rails, or door closers that are fully integrated into the door leaf instead of systems with a link arm that protrudes into the room reduce the risk of abuse.
At the FHS St. Gallen University of Applied Sciences, GEZE has equipped around two hundred interior doors with Boxer series door closers that are fully integrated into the door leaf, thus ensuring they are not visible. The guide rail is visible only when the doors are open. They are perfect for linear, modern door designs, and also prevent misuse.
Our expertise for nursery schools
Easy to open and barrier-free: ideal for everyday use by children © Line L. Filoglou / GEZE GmbH
Doors fulfil an important function in nursery schools in particular: on the one hand they must ensured that children cannot leave the rooms on their own; on the other, they must be able to leave in emergency situations. Adults, however, especially nursery school staff, must be able to pass through doors at any time with no problem. Last but not least, parents should of course be able to enter and leave the nursery school in a controlled manner.
GEZE offers solutions with doors operated via push buttons that are out of reach for children but easy for nursery school staff to operate. If parents call by during the day, they ring the bell and the door can be unlocked from the inside via a push button. Emergency exit protection can also be suspended via a timer during pick-up and drop-off times, allowing parents and children to enter and leave unimpeded.
We know from experience that pinch protection for childrenʼs hands must be taken into account in every nursery school door solution. This features in retro-fittable finger guard curtains, which safely cover the gap between the door leaf and the frame. Rotary knobs can also be used to secure heavily-frequented doors, thereby serving as a finger guard. Our GEZE ActiveStop ensures damped opening and closing and provides protection against slamming doors and jammed fingers. Different solutions can be combined, depending on the respective setup and demands.