Saukville Police Department: Five Years and Still Spiraling
In the early planning phase, Saukville Police Department officials identified Rytec doors as critical for enhancing efficiency in their new 19,500-square-foot facility. The architecturally impressive $3.9 million police facility is located in the Municipal Center in the heart of the Village of Saukville. Now, after nearly five years of operation, the Rytec Spiral® doors continue to meet performance expectations for one of the fastest growing communities in Wisconsin.
With over 40 years in the department, then Police Chief William Meloy (he retired in June 2013) was familiar with the challenges of conventional garage doors at the former police building. Upon his first encounter with Rytec’s high-speed doors at another police station, the Chief specifically requested them for his new facility. “Before the architect was even selected by the committee, before one line was on paper, we made it clear that we wanted the Rytec doors,” said Meloy. “The first thing that caught my attention was the speed. Once you see them, you get it. It is all about speed and efficiency.”
After an extensive evaluation process, the Saukville project committee selected Zimmerman Architectural Studios to design the state-of-the-art police station. Zimmerman, a regional leader in the planning and design of law enforcement facilities, had substantial experience with these types of projects and an understanding of the long-term requirements. “Budgeting for these doors is important," says Martin Van Hoof, Senior Associate and Project Manager at Zimmerman Architectural Studios. "It is always a matter of weighing the options. We are aware Rytec doors will perform over time. Speed, maintenance and customer service are significant
factors in the decision.”
In addition to requests for Rytec doors from their customer, the doors also were recommended and endorsed by police departments with firsthand knowledge of them. According to Van Hoof, “Police Chiefs are the best form of marketing [for Rytec]. They talk; they tour each other’s facilities and they share their opinions with each other at conventions. Rytec is a recognized name with a solid reputation when it comes to high-performance, high-speed overhead doors."
“Wowed” by Performance
Unlike conventional doors, the Rytec doors are fast and quiet. The Spiral roll-up design eliminates all metal-to-metal contact for a noticeably quiet operation. Coupled with an impressive opening speed of 60 inches per second, the doors instantly capture attention when guests tour the police station. “People ask us about the doors all the time. Anybody who has toured the building and has seen the doors is wowed,” said Chief Meloy. “I’ve had a good experience with the doors. I have recommended the Rytec doors many times and will continue to recommend them.”