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Auditable Electronic Key System Maintains Historic Integrity of Tacoma Theatre

Videx Inc. : 06 April, 2010  (Application Story)
CyberLock replacement electronic barrels and programmable key system has minimum impact on the historic buildings of the Broadway Center for the Performing Arts whilst enabling the theatrical company to have state of the art access control without such security issues as missing or duplicate keys
The Broadway Center for the Performing Arts in Tacoma, Washington, celebrated their 25th anniversary in 2008; however, the historic theatres that make up Broadway Center have been a vital part of the town for 90 years and are listed on the National Registry of Historic Places. The vibrant history of the theatres is an important part of Broadway Center's story so their preservation and architectural integrity is taken very seriously.

Responsible for the day-to-day management, long-range planning, and interfacing with the Board of Trustees and the community overall, David Fischer, Broadway Center's Executive Director, says, "We needed to control and manage access to our buildings, rehearsal halls, classrooms, and offices. Our goal was to find an access control system that could be installed without altering the historic nature of our theatres."

Fischer explains, "Broadway Center's largest theatre, The Pantages, was originally a vaudeville house and home to the famous "Klondike Kate," Queen of the Yukon. Our smaller Beaux-Arts style Rialto Theater was a silent movie palace. Both theatres were restored in the 1980s and formed the nucleus of what was to become the Broadway Center for the Performing Arts in 1983. In 1993 Broadway Center added a third theatre, Theater on the Square, which is a modern presidium theatre for regional productions."

Situated at an intersection that has been the town's centre for generations, Broadway Center is at the very heart of the Tacoma community. Fischer shares, "Many generations have gathered here to mourn or celebrate local and national events. Thousands of people came here to celebrate the end of World War I in 1918. Archival photos from 1929 show people gathered in solidarity in front of the theatres, trying to make sense of the Stock Market Crash. Again, in 1945, thousands joined together to rejoice at the end of World War II. In the 1960s the theatres were at the centre of protests as people demanded civil rights and equal protection under the law. And, in the late 1960s, they protested the Vietnam War here . . . and so on throughout the years."

Under the Broadway Center umbrella, there are three rehearsal halls, classrooms, and a 7-story office building. They have nine active resident arts associations that use the Center for stage productions and classes so they are often in operation 18 hours a day,

Broadway Center employs 25 full-time and 60 part-time people, and has a volunteer-base of about 200 people. There are 250 doors and each one secures access to the theatres themselves, equipment, concession goods, archival files, and offices. Each one of the doors has a certain set of people that are authorized to access specific areas.

The path to finding an access control system that could meet their requirements proved challenging. Fischer explains, "We looked at card access systems but they would have significantly altered the interior and exterior look of our theatres. Our 90-year old buildings have solid concrete walls. The systems would have required us to run surface-mount electricity which is incredibly expensive. In order to hide the electric runs, core drilling into the concrete walls would have been necessary and, of course, this was unacceptable."

Still searching for a solution, they discovered the CyberLock Access Control System at a security tradeshow in New York, and quickly found that it met all their requirements. "Until we found the CyberLock system, we had not come across a key management system that would allow us greater control and management capabilities without intruding on the look of our buildings. The decision from the very beginning was to implement the CyberLock system in all the buildings that make up Broadway Center. We solicited the help of iCrescendo, an access control integration company located in Seattle, Washington. iCcrescendo came on site and worked very closely with us. Their people gave us the support we required to integrate the CyberLock system and provided the training our staff needed to operate the system," says Fischer.

Fischer shares, "In the spring of 2008, we implemented a three-phase program over a period of 9 months so at the end of that period everything associated with Broadway Center would be fitted with CyberLocks. Of course, there was quite a bit of coordination with the people at iCrescendo in setting up the system."

"The affordability of the CyberLock system has been an enormous benefit to us. No expensive wiring or damaging concrete core-drilling was needed for the installation, and we didn't have to change out the original mechanical lock hardware that was already in our buildings. All we had to do was remove the mechanical cylinders inside our door locks and replace them with CyberLock electronic cylinders," Fischer adds.

Before CyberLock, lost keys were a problem for Broadway Center. They lost security to their buildings at times. They couldn't afford to re-key or change the locks every time someone lost a key. They had many keys in circulation and unaccounted for. After installing CyberLock, those keys are no longer a threat. "With the CyberLock system, we can deactivate a missing key so it cannot access our doors and our security isn't compromised. Before CyberLock, key duplication was an issue for us. Now, people can't just go to a hardware store and make an extra key because the system's electronic keys cannot be duplicated," states Fischer.

The CyberLock system's electronic keys are also programmable so Broadway Center can restrict each person's access to the areas they need to do their job and keep them out of areas they should not be in. Fischer explains, "Theatres are dark and inherently dangerous. There are many places to fall into and out of. Our fly system is a counter-weighted batten and pulley system that allows scenery to move in and out. There are overhead catwalks above the stages. We even have a very old pulley elevator on top of the Pantages Theater building. Knowing that we have only authorised, experienced people accessing these hazardous areas is an important benefit of the system," says Fischer.

People within their organization and other resident art associations use Broadway Center's classrooms, studios, and rehearsal halls without constant supervision. Fischer says, "The Electronic Locks and keys record openings and unauthorized attempts to enter. If a door to one of these areas is left unlocked, we can tell who forgot to lock the door in the audit report from the lock. Our stage, sound, and technical equipment is extremely valuable and a considerable expense to replace if stolen. The electronic lock and key system allows us to control who and when someone has access to this equipment."

Scott Painter, Broadway Center's Technical Services Director, is responsible for managing all their facilities including the stage areas. Scott oversees Broadway Center productions and rental productions by resident arts associations. He insures that all their needs are met with regard to technical and sound equipment. Painter says, "CyberLock has certainly made my life easier since its implementation. I have gone from carrying at least 150 keys to carrying one electronic key to open all the doors in Broadway Center."

Fischer summarizes, "Each year Broadway Center hosts Holiday Celebrations. We carry on old traditions by hosting the 65-year old Holiday Tree and Menorah Lighting event. New Year's Eve brings First Night and in the spring comes the Daffodil Parade that has a history of more than 70 years. Everything we do ties back to that collective sense of community and preserving this special place for future generations. CyberLock has helped in this mission by affording us electronic access and key control without compromising the historical integrity and architectural beauty of our buildings."
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