Arched fire station doors are commonly needed for older buildings or for new construction using designs based on historical references. Before the overhead sectional door, fire stations of the past had used arched wooden swingout doors. While fire stations have moved away from the old swing doors and toward the more efficient and reliable sectionals, the preference and existence of arched openings remains.
The arched fire station doors required by Edison Fire were supplied and fabricated by Arm-R-Lite Door Mfg. The fire station choose to use Arm-R-Lite doors over other options due to the availability of a custom top section which would allow the visible glass to follow the curve of the existing arched opening. The alternative of having the glass “cut off” by the opening when the door was closed did not have the clean look decision makers wanted. Also, Arm-R-Lite’s Aluminarc welded frame offered a more reliable product than thru-bolted options and Arm-R-Lite could assure the availability of replacement sections if the doors were ever hit years down the road.