Kiln-Formed Glass Panels Used in Worcester Public Library

The Worcester Public Library in Worcester, Mass., now features the work of glass artist Stephen Knapp and doors from DORMA Automatics. Kiln-formed glass panels were used in two sets of ESA 500 fully powered automatic sliding door units.

Eight ½-inch thick glass panels were integrated into the units from DORMA. To provide a clean, unobstructed view of the images on the glass, frames were not used along the doors' vertical edges. Narrow headers and bottom rails secure the glass along the top and bottom edges.
According to Knapp, this is the first installation he has ever had in a sliding door.

"The librarians have said it's amazing how many people stop and just stare at the doors, even teenagers," Knapp said. "That is a major compliment." Knapp added that DORMA was helpful in handling the project.

"DORMA was willing to work with someone who wanted to do something unusual with their product. That doesn't always happen with the manufacturers," Knapp said.

In addition to the sliding doors, the library also purchased an entry system that features a self-learning digital design for monitoring all critical door functions. It also adjusts automatically.

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