Even in the 21st century, when you visit the town of Danville, Virginia, you feel like you’ve stepped back in time. The residents of the quiet hamlet, founded in 1728, have been diligent in protecting the area against urban sprawl. So, when the Danville Fire Department put out a request for new doors for its fire house, it is understandable that many architects and garage door dealers balked at the main requirement: the doors had to reflect the historic feel of the town.
Wayne Dalton dealer Dougherty Equipment in Greensboro, North Carolina, was up to the challenge. Together with architects J.C. Nichols and Stewart Cooper Newell, they created a one-of-a-kind external appearance for the fire department using a unique design that combined a Thermomark® Model 5200 commercial sectional door with a residential Model 6600 carriage house steel door to blend residential aesthetics with commercial integrity and performance.
The team maintained the historic integrity of the community and achieved a unique look on all five fire house doors by adding a residential-style overlay (Model 6600) to the base commercial door (Model 5200). Since Danville is a city with a rich history, it was imperative that the doors blend in with the architect’s vision, and the project required city and historical approvals to proceed.
Easy was not one of the words used to describe the several changes and adaptations throughout the project. Dougherty Equipment came up with the drawing and concept, which was then sent to the Wayne Dalton product engineer department for analysis and approval. The challenge to create something this unique was intriguing to the team, and Wayne Dalton worked with Dougherty Equipment, which in turn worked with the architects, who had to coordinate with the fire department and the town of Danville through several revisions on sizes, designs and configurations to complete the project on time.
Wayne Dalton was the only manufacturer that took on the challenge of designing and building the doors. Several other manufacturers said that they could not take on a special “designer” project like this one, but our dealers knew that with the right partners, they could create something spectacular.
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