"Like all businesses, medical facilities are faced with increasing demands from ownership and governing bodies to maximize output while maintaining a cost-effective operation."
Sliding Doors Maximize Efficiencies at Penn Hospital, Laurie McCowan
Cavity Sliders Co-Founder and Vice President of Sales and Marketing, Laurie McCowan, was featured in DHI’s Door Security + Safety Magazine. He provides expert insight regarding Penn Medicine’s recent patient room renovations and how Cavity Sliders partnered with Construction Hardware Inc to develop a custom track system for the 500 private patient rooms.
From the article:
The most important factor in the design of this product was the tight headspace between the opening and the ceiling, as well as the fact there was no structural stud for a top fixture above the opening…The track needed to be low profile and allow the top of the door leaf to sit within 2 ½ inches of the ceiling lining to adequately cover the opening. In addition, it would need to carry a 210-pound 4-foot-wide door that would both soft close and open.
Together with Brad Mason of Construction Hardware Inc., we decided the only way to meet the vertical constraint was to design the track to be side fixed through its internal profile…. To give the track the structural integrity required with this fixture method, we beefed up the wall of the extrusion and allowed for a recess to prevent the screw head from interfering with the carriages.
When you come up against constraints such as the ones presented on the Philadelphia Hospital Pavilion project, it is gratifying to be able to deliver a product that will perform reliably. The end result allows the room to retain its intended aesthetic without any costly structural changes to the build. The Cavitrack Side-mount has now become a standard offering for Cavity Sliders.
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