In a high rise building in New Jersey, what is the ADA requirement for door pressure to open and if assist is required?

— Marvin L. – New Jersey

ANSWER: There are several unknowns to the question so I will make each assumption and apply the appropriate standard. Under the ADA if the door is an INTERIOR door the maximum opening force is 5lbsf. If the door is an EXTERIOR door there is not opening force requirement. An automatic or assist door is not required in either situation under the ADA but can be an appropriate accommodation under a request to provide a Title I Employment accommodation. Of course the owner/operator can at any time decide that the installation is good service for any visitor or user and install a closer.