As promised, I have some photos to post from my recent trip to Foxwoods Resort Casino in Mashantucket, Connecticut. I don’t typically mention the locations of the photos I post, usually because I don’t want to get in trouble for showing their code violations. Well, I’m not a gambler so I had plenty of time to look at doors, and I have no non-compliant door photos to post. I was pleasantly shocked. I saw two propped-open bathroom doors that had labels, but that’s it. I don’t even know why those particular doors were labeled, but in a facility with thousands of doors, thousands of building occupants (one website estimates over 40,000 visitors per DAY), and special security concerns, they’re doing a great job with their fire and egress doors, as well as accessibility.
So here are some cool doors that I saw on the MGM Grand Theater within the Foxwoods complex. From a distance they are very reflective and reminded me of fire – they’re really beautiful. They are made from patterned glass mounted on flush doors. The doors were locked, so I couldn’t get inside to see the complete opening, but I’m guessing that the doors have concealed vertical rod panic hardware. The doors are hung on offset pivots and floor closers with no intermediate pivots. I sometimes hesitate to do this because the manufacturers recommend intermediate pivots, but these doors had no mullions between them. I had a similar situation on the Crystal Bridges project. Most architects would prefer to see these doors hung on center pivots so the pivots are not visible, but that would increase the gaps between the doors.
If you have ideas about what hardware you would use for these doors, leave a comment!