Everyone involved in a building project has a large responsibility. It is a major undertaking to create any type of building, no matter the size. One of the challenges is the fact that there are three central audiences that have to be considered. The first is the client. As the end user and investor in the facility, they want the best building their budget can buy. Their directives must be followed and expectations must be carefully managed. Next is the city and/or state and their inspectors. Buildings and their occupancy can be delayed if code compliance is not watched carefully, or worse yet, fines or other issues related to code violations can present long term issues. . Finally, the occupants who will be using the building are the last – and perhaps most important – audience to consider. These include employees, customers, visitors, patients, and anyone else who will be using a facility on a daily basis. In essence, buildings need to be planned for them.
One crucial component of a building that can often be ignored is privacy. Everyone has a right to privacy, especially in a healthcare or medical facility. These days, it is almost a given that any documented information will be protected by a company. However, what about a conversation? Should people expect the same level of security with what they say? The answer is, “Yes,” and one of the best ways to ensure this is by designing a building with privacy in mind. For example, the right doors can improve privacy substantially. It can be very easy to be in a room with a closed door and just assume that everything being said will not be able to be overheard outside. Unfortunately, often that is not the case. A typical sliding door – even when completely closed – still has gaps around the permieter that create visual and acoustical privacy problems.
What are the Advantages of Acoustic Sliding Doors?
Acoustic sliding doors combine the funcationality and space savings of sliding door with the acoustical performance that is expected in a health care facility. People share a lot of personal information in a hospital or doctor’s office, and it is up to the staff to make sure everything is held in the strictest confidence. Acoustic sliding doors can help make this happen. When they are closed shut, the design of the frame system and gaskets ensure that any gaps are minimized and confidential informaiton does not breach the door. Acoustical privacy is a two-way street, the people inside rooms alsowill not be able to hear any noise or commotion from the outside, which provides peace of mind and allows patients to relax and rest. Acoustic sliding doors arean excellent way to make anyone in a medical facility feel feel that measures have been taken to protect their privacy while allowing for great aesthics and highly functional design.