LOCATIONRoaring Brook Nature Center, Canton, CT
OBJECTIVEEnsure that Roaring Brook Nature Centeris accessible to everyone, achieves ADAcompliance and supports a sustainablephilosophy.
BENEFITS» GreenCircle® certified to reduce energyconsumption by up to 100%» Easy to install and operate» Ideal for retrofit applications» Regenerative power door operator for moderate to high traffic areas
Set back amongst the beautiful woodlands of Canton, Connecticut,the Roaring Brook Nature Center is an invaluable community and stateresource of exhibits and winding trails. Hosting up to 12,000 visitorsper year, the center offers nature classes for local school children, Scoutprograms and corporations. Its mission is simple: to increase awareness,appreciation, and knowledge of the natural world, while also encouraginga deeper understanding of the interrelationships between people and thechanging environment.
Ensuring the center, its exhibits and nature classes are accessible toeveryone is paramount to the team at Roaring Brook.The center recently completed renovation of its main facility, whichincluded a large focus on its entryway doors – a high traffic area. KatelynStryeski, Roaring Brook Nature Center Manager, wanted to make surethat “everyone had proper access to the facility and that their time at thecenter was as enjoyable as possible”.
A handicap access ramp was constructedat the main entrance and Stryeski needed adoor operator that was both compliant withthe Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) andenergy efficient. As a registered communityfacility, the center had a limited budget forupdates; therefore, both short- and longtermcost efficiencies had to be considered.Just as important was the need for moreenvironmentally-friendly building products.
As one of the world’s only regenerative power door operators, the Norton 5800 Series ADAEZ® was the perfect solution for Roaring Brook Nature Center. Its heavy-duty durability made it ideal for the main entrance of the facility, which experiences moderate traffic levels. Itprovides the right levels of adjustable opening and closing forces to meet ADA requirements.
The innovative regenerative power system integrated into the door operator eliminates the need for electrical power at the door. The onboard battery unit stores the energy created when the door is manually opened. That stored power is there when needed to open the door automatically via a wireless push button by the side of the door. “Installing the Norton ADAEZ operator on our main entrance doors has been a game-changer for Roaring Brook Nature Center. Our ability to now welcome and accommodate all visitors will have a positive impact on the entire community, says Stryesk. “Having a door that operates on self-generated power also helps us maintain our sustainability initiatives – we get all the benefits of a power-assisted door without the energy cost overhead. It’s a win-win.”