Facility Access

Facility Access
A continual function of the Board of Trustees is to monitor the church security and the safety of its community, and be proactive in their protection. In order to mitigate a security concern, some exterior doors have been fitted with electronic locks that have card access control.
Exterior Doors
Electronic access locks with card access control (electronic RFID proximity reader)/PIN keypad) have been installed on the five frequently used exterior doors. The five are:                                                            
  • Stringer Broad Street double glass door  
  • Parking lot – Education wing double glass door             
  • Parking lot – Sanctuary / Hecker Room double cross door           
  • Parking lot – Pastor’s office door      
  • 4th St Office/Ramp double glass door            
These doors are electronically locked with an electromagnetic or mechanical mechanism and unlocking is controlled by the presentation of an access credential.
Other exterior doors are fire escapes, used only on Sunday or rarely used. Keys to them are only issued on an as need basis.
An Access Credential (aka Access Key) is issued in one of three forms:
  1. FOB – a key ring device with an RFID (Radio-Frequency IDentification) chip inside
  2. Card – a credit card size card with an embedded RFID chip
  3. PIN – a number which is assigned and entered at the keypad
Access Credentials are issued instead of keys to individuals requiring access when the church is locked. An access period is assigned to each Access Credential.  Some Access Credentials may only provide access during certain days of the week, between certain hours and may expire after a predefined period.  The access period assigned will be determined by the Board of Trustees chairperson and/or the Loss Control Manager.  Access Credentials can be disabled when access is no longer required, lost, stolen or not returned.   Each Access Credential will have a predefined expiry date and will require a periodic review and renewal.  
Electronic access control also provides for auditing of who accessed the building (when locked) and when.
Select individuals are issued an additional Free Passage Access Credential (identified by a red circle sticker) which will unlatch a door for an extended time period so that subsequent entry by others can be achieved without the need for an access key. This “Free Passage” is the equivalent of “dogging” the release bar in a down position so that the latch remains retracted. The lock goes into free passage only after a “privileged” user opens the door with her/his FP Access Credential at or after the start of a Free Passage Schedule Period.  The lock will automatically disable Free Passage (i.e. relock) at the end of the Free Passage Schedule Period.   
FP Access Credentials should not be used for personal access unless it is your intent to enable free passage mode.  Once free passage mode is activated, the door remains unlocked (insecure) until: the end of the Free Passage Schedule period, or
A Manager FP Access Credential manually turns off Free passage
When not in Free Passage mode and a standard Access Credential is presented at the lock, the door will relock in 8-10 seconds after the individual has cleared the motion sensor. 
A visual indicator that the lock is or is not in free passage mode is the state of the illuminated Press To Exit button located on the interior side of the door.  If the button illumination remains extinguished beyond eight seconds after presenting the Access Credential to the lock, the door is in Free Passage Mode.  Note, if the Press To Exit button is pressed, it will unlock the door (and stay extinguished) for 30 seconds. 
Previously issued keys (prior to July 2011) no longer operate any locks. Individuals who have a need to access the building during times when the doors are not lached open should go to the Access Request Form link and submit an application for issuance of an Access Credential. See Requesting Access below.
Questions can be directed to Trustees at trustees@lansdaleumc.org.
Interior Doors
All interior locks have been rekeyed. Keys that operate interior locks have been reissued to those who require (un)locking interior doors and closets. Individuals who have a need to access these areas should go to the Access Request Form link and complete the appropriate section for issuance of a key.
Requesting Access
To request issuance of an Access Credential or an interior key:
  • Read and agree to accept the Facilities Access Key Policy.
  • Complete and submit the Access Request Form.
  • Receive an email from the Trustees within 48 hours with instructions on when and how to receive your Access Credential(s) and keys.
  • Pick up your Access Credential and/or keys as instructed in the email and sign a receipt card.
Note: Access Credentials have an automatic expiration built in and must be periodically reviewed by the Trustees and renewed. The expiration period will vary by individual but will typically be 12 to 24 months. An email will be sent out for renewal prior to expiration.
17How to Use


To unlock door, place card or fob on or near the black trapezoid at the bottom of the lock. An audible beep will be heard and the electromagnet will release. You will have eight seconds to pull the door   open before the magnet reenergizes.