When outfitting a medical facility, each medical office door should not only enhance the décor but function according to needs. Architects, planners, and designers have several options in choosing the right medical office door for their projects. Six considerations are necessary in order to choose the right medical office door that meets the facility’s needs.
The style of a medical office door not only enhances the décor, but must function effectively in the space. The needs of the space influence the type of door to consider.
- Sliding door – This type of medical office door is ideal for saving space. Up to 30 square feet of clearance is recovered with a sliding door. These doors slide along the wall instead of swinging open. Traditionally, sliding doors in medical spaces have been “ICU sliders” or other aluminum stile and rail with glazing solutions.
- Barn door – A “Barn” door is a surface mounted sliding door that is top hung and used in many exam room applications. These doors are typically constructed with flush wood or laminate door leaves and offer privacy, lightweight operation, and space-saving features. The lack of a bottom track easily accommodates ingress and egress, particularly for mobility devices.
A variety of distinctive and durable door materials are available to enhance medical facility designs. Finishes include flush wood, laminates, metal, and glass. For a high-end look, either wood or aluminum stile and rail door leaves can complement a modern facility. Glass promotes an open feel and helps with energy reduction by allowing natural light into the space. Areas that use x-ray equipment benefit from lead-lined doors.
Framing can add to the design and décor of a door. Due to constant use of entryways, the frame needs to be stable and durable and can often protect an opening rather than leaving exposed drywall finish. Choosing a high-quality aluminum frame is ideal. Different finishes offer customization that harmonizes with the style of the space.
Regulations formed from the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) require medical facilities to follow accessibility requirements. This includes doors that open easily, provide enough clearance, and utilize hardware that is easy to use.
Privacy is a concern for medical facilities. Regulations such as HIPAA protects the confidentiality of healthcare information. A medical office door with appropriate acoustic ratings and acoustic seals help protect the privacy that patients need. The sound transmission class (STC) measures sound loss through a door. STC levels can range from 25 where normal speech can be heard through the door, to 60 which is totally soundproof.
Hardware is one way to enhance the design of the door. Stainless steel finished handles and locks add a sleek and modern feel to the space while minimizing maintenance. ADA compliance is a major consideration in choosing hardware. Selecting options that do not need grasping, tight twisting, pinching, or pulling improves accessibility for people with a disability.
AD System’s Medical Office Doors
AD Systems specializes in high-performance door solutions. Their extensive line of doors satisfies regulation and code requirements associated with medical facilities. For your project, AD Systems offers a range of door styles with standard and custom finish options that will fit into any design. For unique needs, specialty doors are also available. The qualified professionals at AD Systems can help you tailor your options to your design needs. Contact AD Systems for more information or to request a quote.