Medical Construction & Design

SEP-OCT 2014

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18 Medical Construction & Design | September/October 2014 SPOTLIGHT DOORS AND HARDWARE experience. Self closers can also be installed on sliding doors systems, and can be either mechanical or fully automated. For healthcare spaces where accessibility is of heightened concern, quickly moving automated doors can be an invaluable addition. Plus, given the ease of which sliding doors can be opened, even non-automated doors can pass ADA-compliance requirements. Healthcare applications Sliding doors are most often used for exam and patient rooms in healthcare set- tings because of superior usability and space savings. They allow for easy transfer in and out of care rooms, while maintaining visual and acoustical privacy. The clear space they provide means minimal hallway interrup- tion for otherwise outward swinging doors, and greater mobility and design freedom inside rooms where door swings can consume valuable fl oor and wall space. They especially facilitate a more open design in spaces that feature on-stage/off-stage access (provider access from one side and patient access from the other). Much of today's slid- ing barn door hardware is well suited to the demands of healthcare environ- ments and their range of occupants. Top-hung track designs evenly distribute opening force, making the doors unlikely to wear out or become damaged over long periods of heavy usage and it is impossible for the doors to come off their tracks with many designs. Likewise, all hardware components can be made heavy duty without impacting visual aesthetic or ease of use, ensuring a high- performance system for the long term. Specialized acoustical mitigation may be available, in which all four sides of the sliding door leaf can be sealed for maximum sound isolation, without sacrifi c- ing aesthetics. This feature ensures that speech pri- vacy standards are met or exceeded, which is extremely important in sensitive health- care settings. Additionally, maintaining a quiet provider/ patient environment can provide a calming effect in otherwise stressful situations. When choosing a manufac- turer, be sure to select one that addresses perimeter gaps that can prove chal- lenging for sound transmis- sion performance in sliding doors. Specifi cation and installation After specifying a sliding door, whether for new or ret- rofi t construction, it is critical to prepare for installation by determining that all measure- ments are exact — not just of the door frame (top, bottom, middle and diagonally), but also the door leaf (the door itself, as well as its moving path), the fl oor-to-ceiling and fl oor-to-track height, and the width of the installation The doors in Overlake Kirkland Clinic in Kirkland, Washington, are designed to allow for the use of rubber or other base materials popular in medical construction and are compatible with almost any type of fl ooring. At top: Sliding doors are ideal solutions for tight exam rooms or medical offi ce spaces. continued on page 21 >>

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