AWhat could be more functional and straightforward than a door? It’s there to allow people to move between one place and another, while maintaining separation between the two. But as it turns out, the door is changing rapidly. The traditional swinging door is being re-evaluated, and interior sliding doors made by companies like AD Systems are on the way in.
Staying on the cutting edge of institutional facility design often requires questioning assumptions. For years, the relative simplicity and functionality of the swinging door meant that its dominance went largely unchallenged. Facilities were designed with an eye to the needs and functions of the swinging door.
However, a new wave of space- and workflow- conscious design has led many facility designers to reconsider conventional wisdom. Swinging doors have a number of problematic characteristics that leave room for real improvement:
- Space inefficiency: the average swinging door requires an average of thirty square feet to complete its cycle of motion and associated clearances. Swinging doors necessitate wider hallways, larger rooms, and other design concessions.
- Workflow: this can make swinging doors a particular problem in medical facilities and other buildings with high-volume foot traffic. The total time people spend opening, closing, and waiting at swinging doors is significant. Their operation can hinder efficient traffic of personnel through a facility.
- Sound control: anyone who has worked in an otherwise quiet office knows how distracting repetitive sounds can be, and swinging doors are no exception. Sliding doors generally provide quieter operation, but it is important to specify the right sliding door, like those by AD Systems, that also provide good sound isolation through acoustical performance design.
- Aesthetics: Swing doors are the conventional and traditional choice and generally don’t make a major contribution towards aesthetic impact. When you choose sliding doors for a project however, it is immediately distinct and more contemporary and less institutional in terms of look and feel. Sliding door systems like OfficeSlide and ExamSlide by AD Systems allow for a significant amount of customization in terms of sizes and finishes, so each designer can put their own stamp on their chosen sliding door solution.
AD Systems’ Interior Sliding Doors
AD Systems was one of the first companies to produce commercial interior sliding doors, and they’ve continued to innovate. Their OfficeSlide, ExamSlide, and InsetSlide doors are the industry’s gold standard for interior sliding doors, and it’s easy to see why.
- ExamSlide: AD Systems’ best-selling product, designed for use in medical facilities. The ExamSlide has been integrated into a variety of cutting-edge facilities including Salt Lake City’s Mountain View Hospital and Puyallup, WA’s Group Health Cooperative.
- OfficeSlide: designed for the modern corporate office, where privacy and efficiency are more important than ever. Check out this door in action at Everett, WA’s Coastal Community Bank.
- InsetSlide: The newest AD Systems product, designed in response to customer demand for a sliding pocket door. Introduced to great success at Tacoma, WA’s Multicare Indigo Clinics.
If you’re considering using interior sliding doors for a facility, it only makes sense to go with the best. AD Systems doors are available with a wide range of hardware options, glazes, and finishes. They are fully ADA-compliant. Additionally, the doors design provides ease of use for persons of all strength and ability levels. If you’re interested in what sliding doors can do for your facility, contact AD Systems today.