Accessible entrances are becoming increadingly important to building owners. With the elderly population doubling by 2050 and more than 56 million Americans living with disabilities today, one of the biggest challenges for commercial building design is to meet the needs of all Americans. In fact, the Americans' with Disabilities Act of 1990 requires it.
The challenge to architects is to create attractive entrances that are welcoming to people regardless of their physical abilities while maximizing valuable floor space and keeping on eye on the bottom line.
While entrances don't have to be automatic to be fully accessible, an automatic door often costs less, requires less space and is more attractive than a manual door.
Unlike compliant manual doors, automatic doors do not require maneuvering clearance for wheelchairs, which saves valuable space and requires less reworking for remodels.
Specifying automatic doors provides an attractive solution that not only solves ADA requirements, but saves space, costs less and provides convenience for all.