Cal Poly Pomona chooses SU5000 optical turnstiles to improve access control at the Bronco Recreation and Intramural Complex. Krista Smith, Director of Recreation at Cal Poly Pomona, shares her experience working with Alvarado in this interview. “The access control point should be one of the most functional features of your building — it could make or break a student’s first impression of your facility and its operation.”

Cal Poly Pomona Chooses SU5000 Optical Turnstiles to Improve Access Control at Their Rec Center

Krista Smith, Director of Recreation at Cal Poly Pomona, shares her experience working with Alvarado in this interview.

Question: How were you introduced to Alvarado and why did you decide to partner with them?

Cal Poly Recreation Center Main Entrance

SU5000 optical turnstiles controlling access into the Bronco Recreation and Intramural Complex (BRIC).

Krista Smith: They were recommended by our security provider. Alvarado’s SU5000 optical turnstiles provided a beautiful functional solution to support our access control and their slim cabinets ensured we could maximize the number of lanes within our space limitations.

Question: What are the benefits to the rec center as a result of working with Alvarado?

KS: After two years of heavy use the turnstiles have required almost no maintenance, so the students can depend on them for reliable entry and egress. The BRIC [Bronco Recreation and Intramural Complex] staff are grateful to have this high tech solution that does not require frequent repairs.

Question: Have you been pleasantly surprised by working with Alvarado in any way?

KS: By selecting Alvarado, the goal was to avoid the pitfalls that other campuses had experienced during their installation and operation of alternative turnstile solutions. Personally, the Alvarado turnstiles have surpassed my expectations.

Question: What else can you tell recreation professionals about the benefits of working with Alvarado?

KS: The access control point should be one of the most functional features of your building — it could make or break a student’s first impression of your facility and its operation. An effective solution requires a knowledgeable contractor paired with the right turnstile solution (for us, Alvarado) and integration or coordination with your IT department and member management software. Invest the resources and plan well — it will be worth it.

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