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.