The design process for any building involves a great deal of conflict resolution. A careful balance must be struck between convenience, security, life safety, and aesthetics—particularly at the structure’s openings.
Far too many design/construction professionals fail to pay enough attention to door hardware—it does not matter how it is operated, whether a push, pull, knob rotation, or depression of a push bar, it is too often given short shrift as just a means to get to the other side.
Specifying and installing doors and hardware has become increasingly complex. Integrated doors have emerged as a popular solution to combat this trend, and make it easier to select and install the correct product for many types of openings.
The 2010 Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Standards for Accessible Design has several requirements that continue to surprise architects and specifiers. This article examines changes to door hardware operable force, use of low-energy automatic operators, protrusions into egress, and the need for proper maneuvering clearance.
Healthcare facilities contribute to patient well-being by balancing design elements in the built environment with safety and security. Proper selection of door and hardware products can help protect patients from harm and maintain a level of security for others, including professional and clinical staff.