After the town of Crown Point, IN built a new courthouse complex, the historic courthouse, under the leadership of the Crown Point Courthouse Foundation, was transformed into a three-story mix of retail, offices, ballroom function space, and a still-functioning courtroom. Security for the remodeled historic courthouse remained standard lock and key, and that’s where the problems began.
“It really got out of control,” related Allen Pante, of integrator Phil and Son, who was called in by the association to look at the current situation (lock and key) to see if it could be improved. “While there are only four entrances, there were over 200 keys in circulation, so when the Foundation took over, they faced the hassle and expense of re-keying the entire building. Then, once retail and event rental operations started up, there were so many people coming and going but somehow access had to managed for all these different and growing needs.”
For the new mixed-use complex, someone had to manually open all four doors each morning and then re-lock them at 6:00 pm each evening. After-hours access for events was needed, as was a way to grant after-hours access to the businesses that maintained offices in the upper floors. “Clearly, the Foundation needed a better, more efficient way to manage access for the many and varying demands of all the building’s tenants, visitors, and customers,” Pante explained.
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