As most architects and designers know, planning space for construction of a medical facility requires consideration concerning special features. For instance, necessary door functions are often different in a hospital site plan design versus traditional office space plans. Keeping this in mind, AD Systems enhanced their innovative sliding door system and created ExamSlide™. Their engineers consulted with the medical community to ensure that these doors incorporated features required in a healthcare facility. Therefore, along with its new name comes unique design, performance and functions that fit medical facility needs. All of which separate it from basic “barn doors” that simply don’t measure up for healthcare facility planning and projects.
Sliding Doors Enhance Hospital Site Plan Design
Obviously, sliding doors in lieu of swinging doors save space in any project. Up to 30 square feet per doorway to be exact. This serves as a bonus for any facility. However, it’s even more crucial in medical construction design. Healthcare spaces much make accommodations for hospital beds, wheelchairs, and medical equipment need to maneuver easily. Plus, speed is often critical as well. Swinging doors cab hinder ingress and egress can be a safety hazard in busy environments.
Similarly, planning a facility that meets the needs of occupants and contributes to positive outcomes as much as possible is very important. Bringing natural light into a space and daylighting as much of a space as possible (with controllable solutions) can have wonderful impacts for design and occupants. Not only does this help patients, it’s a perk for staff as well. Studies show that natural light enhances mood and cues proper circadian rhythms.
Conversely, privacy is imperative. Fortunately, you needn’t sacrifice it when planning for daylighting. ExamSlide doors have multiple privacy functions available. First, they offer a range of glazing and infill panel choices including laminated glass, AD Systems recommendation for glazing with good acoustical perfomance. Likewise, their patent-pending acoustic mitigation construction seals all four sides of the door. Consequently, field tests indicate NIC 39 per ASTM E336-11. In other words, conversations stay where they belong, behind closed doors.
Better yet, automated sliding doors perform a very hygienic service for hospitals and medical clinics while also facilitating universal access. No touching of handles means less spreading of bacteria and less cross-contamination. Moreover, automated sliding doors offer hands-free opening for those with special needs and when staffs’ hands are full.
In addition to the benefits indicated above, ExamSlide has multiple features that enhance your medical facility. From a soft-close dampening system to an optional UL 1784 smoke rating, they serve both practical and safety needs. Additionally, their easy-to-clean aluminum frame system wraps and protects construction within the space. Hardware and software options include:
- ADA-compliant thumb turn lock with occupancy indicator
- Key locks
- Self-latching mortise that is also ADA-compliant
- Magnetic lock – key card/access control
- Single-action egress with lever
- Flush pulls and anti-ligature hardware
Materials and Finishes:
- Flush wood door or laminate door
- Wood stile and rail door with glass
- Aluminum stile and rail with glass
- Range of glazing and infill panel choices
- Lead-shielding doors and glazing for X-Ray rooms
- Optional integrated blinds and lighting
Finally, to better your hospital site plan design strategy, visualizing these innovative systems in action is helpful. View AD Systems’ case studies to better envision their benefits. Then, contact them online for a free quote. Or, call them at 425-374-1360.