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Revolving Doors for Commercial, Retail, Hospitality, and Healthcare

The Right Door for Your Facility

There are a wide variety of choices for convenient, energy-efficient revolving doors for almost any building with customizable features that can create an attractive entrance that maintains the aesthetic integrity of your facility. Revolving doors promote energy efficiency by helping to reduce the loss of HVAC-processed air while safely managing large volumes of pedestrian traffic with a hands-free solution.

Revolving Door Selection Guide

Regardless of style and size, to select the right revolving door for your facility you will need to consider:

  • Manual, automatic, or security
  • Diameter of the revolving door
  • Canopy
  • Speed control location
  • Traffic and flow through the revolving door
  • Number of wings/bookfold
  • Security concerns

Traffic flow

Typically, potential traffic flow through doors is based on the diameter, the number of persons that will fit in each of the segments, all segments being filled, and the speed as stipulated by code. However, cultural psychology and typical baggage is more of a determinant for flow. It is best to assess type of traffic; for example, professional – persons with briefcases; social - mothers with strollers, or institutional – gurneys and/or wheelchairs.

Speed control

Overhead or floor-mounted, devices regulating the rotation speed of the wings as set by uniform, North American codes for maximum revolving door RPM as determined by the diameter (e.g., 10 RPM on an 8’ diameter door). Tapered roller bearings are used in conjunction with a speed control to ensure precise and smooth rotation.



Manual Range:

(6’0”) – (9’0”) Diameter

Typically chosen for high-mid and low-rise office buildings, retail entrances, theaters, and similar applications. Available in three- and four-wing configurations (consider chamber size restrictions and code requirements before installing four-wing revolving doors).

Automatic Range:

 (9’0”) – (12’0”) Diameter

Typically chosen for airports, hotels, hospitals, and similar applications. Typically, the three-wing option is chosen for its increased chamber size to help facilitate traffic flow.

Security Range:

(6’0”) – (7’0”) Diameter

Can be automatic or manual

Small diameter required, typically 4-wing, used to support secure access with “anti-piggybacking” and “anti-tailgating” control features.  


Revolving doors featuring access control and sensors detecting ingress and egress are available for use in facilities requiring different levels of security. these doors can be equipped with card reading access systems and by sensor mats/door arm sensors to pick up weight discrepancies to prevent “tailgating" and “piggy-backing.”

*Note: When specifying any automatic or security revolving doors, it is important to specify all required functions. These requirements should be noted on all shop drawings and should meet specific expectations of the end user.


Consisting of a roof or deck cover, fascia and soffit, the canopy structure above the wings and enclosure can be designed in a variety of heights and configuration from glass, metal, or a combination of both.

Number of Wings/Leaves

Door wings/leaves are the panels that rotate within the enclosure rotating off the center shaft of the revolving door. The enclosure (drum wall) is the frame for the bent curved glass and reaches between the floor and canopy.


Three-wing revolving door design offers larger segments of passage and is often considered for hotels and airports where usage requires passage of baggage, carts, or wheelchairs. Note: Three-wing models have a smaller entry and exit opening and therefore 2 units are recommended for in/out flows.


Four-wing revolving door design allows for a more controlled flow of traffic. This design has the added benefit of a superior weather seal and less air infiltration in the closed position (quarter-point closing).


Bookfold refers to the collapsing action of the wings to release and pivot in the direction of egress. This mechanism is critical for safety and is required by fire/building codes on all entrance revolving doors installed in North America when the revolving door is part of the building egress.