Mega-door allows MIT aeronautical students to dream up projects of virtually any size

The buildings at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology are known not just for containing high-IQ students and faculty, but also for their role in supporting innovation, experimentation, and rigorous thought.

An example is the 6,000-sf, three-story Robert C. Seamans Jr. addition to the 50,000-sf Daniel Guggenheim Aeronautical Building, which provides an open, flexible, creative space that incorporates an over-sized door to accommodate the sizable projects that are worked on here.

Project architect Cambridge Seven Associates specified the Wilson Doors Premier Vertical Bi-Fold Door. Typically used on aircraft hangars, the door is 23 feet, seven inches wide by 16 feet, eight inches high and has a clear height of 13 feet, eight inches.

The unit's 6061 T6 aircraft structural tubing was jig welded in alignment with the building's curtain wall system. One-inch-thick insulated windows reduce noise and heat gain.

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