Medical Construction & Design

SEP-OCT 2014

Medical Construction & Design (MCD) is the industry's leading source for news and information and reaches all disciplines involved in the healthcare construction and design process.

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16 Medical Construction & Design | September/October 2014 By Dustin Swartz T oday's healthcare facilities are getting smarter and simpler. For years, the goal has been to drive out waste (in the form of time and resources) to deliver higher quality, more effi cient care. Lean principles and other operational initiatives have made this possible, but so have new approaches to building design. This not only refers to the size and shape of buildings and the rooms within, but sometimes more importantly to the architec- tural products inside. Tables, chairs, lighting, storage and decor are all crucial compo- nents to consider. But per- haps one of the most crucial is interior doors. They must offer universal accessibility, high durability, ease-of-use, space savings and the proper aesthetic and acoustical pri- vacy — all to help implement a strong and streamlined delivery of care. There are countless types of doors on the market, each with their own strengths and weaknesses. For builders of healthcare facilities, a clear trend is emerging among specifi ers: the sliding door. An ideal space-saving solu- tion, sliding doors offer many benefi ts to medical buildings, with few sacrifi ces. Sliding doors are a complete solu- tion — effi ciency is built-in. Sliding barn doors are available in a range of styles and fi nishes. Although the prototypical sliding door is made of glass, they are made from a variety of mate- rials, including: > Flush wood > Flush laminate > Wood stile and rail with glass vision lite > Aluminum stile and rail with glass vision lite > Glass units with integral blinds or louvers > Lead shielding and glazing for X-ray rooms Frame design plays a signifi cant role in design versatility. Frames can be installed so that the open path travels along both the top and bottom of a sliding track (sometimes called a "sill"), or from the top alone, depending on the desired aesthetic and functionality. Bottom tracks, or thresholds, can be minimized or entirely avoided with the specifi cation of some sliding door styles. Enter: Barn doors Barn doors are hung without an exposed fl oor track and are designed to roll smoothly over a concealed top-hung track. Unlike traditional pocket or patio sliding doors, barn doors can be easier to operate and easier to clean — elements critical to healthcare construction. Some barn doors feature jambs that wrap the wall construction for a clean, fi nished appearance and enhanced durability. Sliding barn doors are also available with smoke infi ltration ratings. Per the 2012 International Building Code, Section 710.5.2.2, Smoke & Draft control doors must meet a maximum leak- age rate of 3.0 ft3 / minimum per square foot of door area. Sliding barn doors are tested to Standard UL 1784. Finally, barn doors may be equipped with soft-closers, which act like dampers. They slow down a fast-moving door to prevent it from slam- ming and then mechanically pull the door shut slowly for the last 2 inches of travel. Doors that feature this soft- close capability improve provider/patient experience by eliminating the possibil- ity of pinched fi ngers or slammed doors, creating a quieter, more user-friendly Smart, simple delivery of care Sliding doors offer built-in effi ciency Integrated door systems feature superior fi t and fi nish and are great for a variety of healthcare applications. SPOTLIGHT DOORS AND HARDWARE

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