Manufactured by Rocky Mountain Hardware

Verdura is a new collection of bactericidal door hardware which integrates design and function. The designs are being cast using CuVerro®, a bactericidal copper alloy from Olin Brass. This new generation material is the first class of solid surfaces registered with the EPA to kill 99.9% of infectious bacteria within two hours of exposure – its properties never wash or wear away. Moreover, CuVerro is highly sustainable, produced from 95% post-consumer materials and is 100% recyclable.

Our manufacturing partner, Rocky Mountain Hardware, has distinguished itself over the past 20 years for designs produced in art-grade bronze, recently added the option of CuVerro bactericidal copper. The venture with Rocky Mountain Hardware represents the first hardware line to be created by HOK Product Design, and it is a collection that fills a void in the healthcare world where aesthetics are sometimes sacrificed to practicality. There was “a need for hardware that’s sleeker, more modern and that speaks to the trend to create health and wellness interiors with a homier sensibility and that are less institutional,” said Susan Grossinger, director of HOK Product Design. “Of course, to be able to offer that in a surface that’s also antimicrobial adds even more to the appeal this will have for specifiers not only in the healthcare field, but crossing over into educational facilities, public and institutional, corporate, hospitality, aviation and any other types of projects where there are financial benefits in reducing the amount of infectious bacteria on common touch surfaces.”

The initial Verdura Collection includes a 3-x-3-inch and 3-x-9-inch escutcheon (the larger size incorporating the option of a locking function), 2 code compliant lever-style handles, and ADA compliant grips in a choice of 4 lengths (24”, 30”, 36” and 48”). All products are available in three EPA registered copper alloys: Rose Bronze, Silicon Bronze and White Bronze – all with a choice of either matte or brushed finish. Extensive custom capabilities are also available.

The design team included Mark Banholzer and Beth Bernitt.