The design of many modern Seattle clinics follow lean design principles, focusing on flexible floor plans that maximize usage of space.
In applications where space is already a challenge, intrusive inward-swinging doors tend to be counterproductive. For example, a 3 foot wide swing door will use 9 square feet of floor space to operate. This limits the functionality of modular exam rooms by reducing layout options to accommodate the door. Sliding doors are a natural alternative, but were not employed for wide use until recently.
A prevailing belief about sliding door designs has been that they offer limited acoustical privacy. AD Systems’s line of ADA compliant sliding doors have been specifically designed with this aim in mind, offering superior acoustical seals and a quiet, top-hanging roller system with no exposed floor track. Unlike sliding designs of the past, it is not possible to knock a door off its track, and the doors are equipped with “soft-close” technology to prevent slamming in the open or closed positions.
These advances in sliding door development allow for much more space-friendly configurations, and lend themselves well to current design trends. When aesthetic, privacy and efficient use of space are primary concerns, acoustically enhanced barn doors offer tremendous value.