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Dec 23 2009

Wicked Restroom Doors

It’s been 40 days since I’ve mentioned a ladies room, and I just saw an application that I can’t resist posting about.

I played hooky today with my daughter and a friend to go see a production of Wicked at the Providence Performing Arts Center.  We arrived as the show was about to start, but we made a quick detour to the restroom where we found a pair of doors with a mullion and PANIC HARDWARE leading out of the bathroom.  Granted, this was one of the biggest bathrooms I’ve ever seen, but I doubt that it would a) be considered an assembly occupancy, b) have an occupant load of more than 50 (RI is currently using IBC 2006), or c) require a pair of doors. The doors had magnetic holders to hold them open during the peak rush, so what it lacked in privacy it made up in efficiency.

I spent most of the show trying to figure out how I could go back and take photos of the doors without someone calling Security on me, and when I returned after the show they had closed down one bathroom area but didn’t lock it.  I slipped in and took the photo below as evidence.

Panics on bathrooms…wouldn’t it make more sense to provide fast and easy access INTO the bathroom instead of out of it?  😉

Restroom with Panics


Exterior The Curtain Interior Pull Side Push Side

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9 Responses to “Wicked Restroom Doors”

  1. Bob Caron says:

    The bathroom doors look more elegant from the inside. Maybe it’s the tile.

    • Lori says:

      The bathroom WAS quite elegant. The sign said “Ladies’ Lounge.” That’s how you know you’re in a swanky joint.

      Shouldn’t you take a day off from hardware? 🙂

  2. Jess says:

    really nice, i too like the push side better then the pull side of the “ladies’ lounge doors, i cannot resist the look of brass hardware on a door, are those Falcons on those doors?? they look great in golden brass color. last time i seen that much brass on a door was at a restaurant i went to with a friend, golden mirror finish on all parts of hardware, (arm and cover of the closer, which sadly is NOT an IR product…) handle and kickplate

    only thing that bathroom is missing is the bathroom attendant, someone to offer you soap and a towel when washing your hands. i guess that is just TOO personal for this day in age, that its better to have a dispenser to take that job.

    the answer to your question ……NO, hardware and the knowledge and the fun postings are what make you yourself, never give it up, you have a gift for educating the public and making interested people laugh.

  3. cda says:

    we require panic on a door serving more than 50

    also possibly rated doors??? still does not require panic, but

    because for more ease of operation over a handle????

  4. Bob Caron says:

    Judging by style of the lever control, the rail and the dogging in the push pad, my guess is that they are 8800 series Sargent Rim Devices.
    Lori, did you happen to look at the end cap to confirm what they are?

  5. Debbie White says:

    Lori, it’s hard to tell from the picture if the black on the exits is Sargent’s standard, or if it’s a reflection of the garbage can next to the doors. In any case, they look great but the black takes away from the beautiful brass. But that’s just my opinion.

  6. DoorGuyBryan says:

    Yes, a few years after the original post, regardless, too bad the installer couldn’t follow the templating for the closers, they should be mounted equi-distant, even if one swings 90 degrees and the other swings 180 degrees, mount them both at the 180 position and crank the spring up as needed for latching. The Exit devices could also be Arrow mfrd by Sargent.

    • Lori says:

      Hi Bryan –

      That’s a good thought – mounting both closers in the same location regardless of the degree of opening. I doubt that most installers do that – aesthetics and symmetry don’t seem to be a high priority.

      – Lori

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