Arkansas State University

ADA-Compliant Door Operators Provide Easy Building Access for All

Arkansas State University’s Disability Services are focussed on creating a barrier-free environment for students and staff with disabilities. To truly enable this vision, the university needed to eliminate physical obstacles that could impede access to a higher education.


One of the primary physical challenges a student with disabilities faced were the use of entry ways or doors. Persons using wheelchairs or motorized scooters would have to push through the opening using their vehicle, increasing the potential for personal injury or inadvertently damaging the door. The university’s Facilities Management team was looking for an ADA-compliant solution that could be easily retrofitted onto existing openings in administrative, academic, and student services buildings.

“Ease of entry and exit for all was a top requirement for ASU, so we addressed this by recommending simple to operate, power-assisted door controls,” said Anthony Ditta, Ditta Door and Hardware. “Unfortunately, many of their doors have only basic functionality, meaning that the doors have no electrical power. So we needed to find a suitable solution that works with what they already had.”


The Solution
As one of the world’s only regenerative power door operators, the Grade 1 certified Norton 5800 Series ADAEZ is available as a stand-alone or powered operator that easily opens a door at the touch of a button. It features a compact footprint that can be installed in even the tightest of spaces, and offers an excellent choice for retrofit applications. After an initial test, the team was impressed with the simplicity of the 5800 Series’ installation onto the university’s existing doors and the ability to easily retrofit in any type of situation, including the ability to install the operator on doors with very limited space. The university now plans to install additional Norton operators onto the doors of new construction projects at the university.


“We’ve had customers work with other brands of automatic door openers in the past, but we always seem to have issues with them," said Ditta. “The ASU maintenance staff and their locksmith seem pleased with the Norton products because they’re very convenient, especially when power is not available.”