The American Institute of Architects (AIA) has been a voice for the architecture profession and a resource in service to the society of architects. Originally chartered in 1953, AIA Georgia consists of approximately 2,000 members over seven local chapters.
AIA Atlanta and Georgia moved to new offices in downtown Atlanta, GA. After an exhaustive search, AIA Atlanta and design architect 5G Studio Collaborative singled out Schweiss Doors in Atlanta for a 17.6.5 ft. x 14.2 ft. bifold liftstrap door that is placed at the entry on the main wall facing the front of the building.
“We came up with the idea out of the necessity for a transformative and flexible space,” noted Aaron Albrecht, Designer at 5G Studio Collaborative, a firm with nearly 50 design architects on staff. “It needed to accommodate both private board meetings and public lectures. This bifold door fit the parameters for the space perfectly.”
The AIA Atlanta space is intended as a venue for a variety of events and seminars. This includes art, design, construction galas and galleries, continuing education seminars for architects, builders and contractors, as well as a venue for design competitions that include award ceremonies.
This Schweiss door is unique in its construction due to the custom made jambs on both sides of the door in the shape of wide flanges. The liftstrap door has gray straps and electric photo eye sensors; the exterior cladding is a forest free product by Eutree that was freshly milled from salvaged white oak trees, quarter-sawn.
“The door was chosen uniquely for its bifold design to fit within the space requirements of the office. There was less than a foot of clearance between the edge of the folded bifold door and 16 foot tall exterior storefront glass. No other system would have worked to allow the space to open up 14 feet tall in a 7-foot-8-inch corridor. Schweiss had the best solution for our unique challenge,” explained Albrecht.
“The people at Schweiss Doors were tremendously helpful in identifying the limits of the door’s potential and how to match the architecture to the specific door size for the best fit possible,” said Albrecht.
Albrecht said they first learned of Schweiss bifold doors in Atlanta after a comprehensive search of large-scale openings and closures in wall surfaces. A variety of doors made the list, including accordion doors, vertical lift doors and others for interior and exterior use.
“The bifold door is in operation nearly every week, accommodating dozens of different seating configurations in the allowed space. It is an excellent product with a broad selection of options for both indoor and outdoor uses,” noted Albrecht.