Swing and Slide into the Future

April 28, 2022

Medical facilities have specialized access needs so choosing the right door system is critical in today’s ever-changing healthcare environment.

North Central Pennsylvania
NBBJ, New York City

The 120,000-sq.-ft. Medical Center Muncy in northern Pennsylvania, which opened in January, has a full-service emergency department, clinical decision unit, intensive care unit, operating suite, 20 inpatient beds and primary and specialty care areas.

When construction began on the new $100 million medical center architects at NBBJ needed a door system that would meet the demanding requirements specific to the clinical sector.


Automatic Door Enterprise (ADE) utilized Horton Automatics and its range of ICU/CCU door products. “We weren’t surprised to see that Horton was specified for this project,” said Sam Ferster of United Plate Glass, a company that worked with ADE’s team. “Horton is a quality product and is dominant in the healthcare industry.”

Horton Automatics’ systems were used in a number of applications within the facility, including patient rooms, ICUs and pharmacies. For example, within the ICU, the Profiler ICU system was installed. The self-closing, smoke-rated ICU/CCU door system is the first airborne infection isolation room door that requires no power. The doors are used in patient rooms to maximize light and views to promote recovery. Larger openings for moving beds and equipment are also now possible with the smoke-rated telescoping door system.

With hands-free access in public spaces on the rise, the sliding door system was selected for its easy-to-clean surfaces that minimize infection hazards linked with curtain screens. The unique trackless threshold design also prevents the build-up of possible contaminants in guide tracks and ensures a smooth transfer of patients and equipment.