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Revit© Access Doors

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Riddle: What kind of building has doors that you cannot walk through?

Answer: A hospital. (Or a university science building, or an airport, or a multi-family residence.)

How can all these building types have doors that you cannot walk through? They all have “access doors.”

As my AECO career took me from a small engineering/architecture firm to a mid-sized architecture firm to a large international architecture/engineering firm, my awareness of access doors grew. It seemed as though each new project required a different style of access door. This didn't matter in the days of AutoCAD and 2D drawing. Every access door was defined simply, by drawing a few lines and adding a note. In the age of BIM, a new BIM object is required for each style of access door.

It is possible to search the internet for a manufacturer's Revit family every time you need an access door, but that can add up to an hour of search, download, evaluate and modify-to-firm-standards before you can use it in creating the building model.

As a BIM Manager, I gradually built up a collection of links to manufacturer's web sites. This helped reduce the research time required to gather the access doors needed for a building project. But since then, I've found a better way.

Yellowbryk has created a set of Revit access door families that will meet the needs of almost any project. The families include industry-standard sizes. They also have built-in flexibility so you can create custom sizes that may be needed for your projects.

The Yellowbryk Revit access door library has the following access door types:

  1. Wall mounted access door (flush, recessed)
  2. Floor mounted access door (flush, recessed)
  3. Ceiling mounted access door (flush, recessed)
  4. Security access door
  5. Fire resistant access door
  6. Roof hatch
  7. Valve box (flush, surface mount)
  8. Duct access door
  9. Walk through access door

The Revit family library is available for immediate download at for less cost than the time-cost of creating just one of the families yourself.

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