Revit handles curtainwall doors differently than it handles regular doors. Normal doors are Revit elements that require hosting by a standard wall. Curtainwall doors, however, are treated as curtainwall panels and substituted for a standard panel between curtain grids. When designing curtainwall doors, there can be an enormous number of frame and doors style combinations to consider and a CW door library containing all of those combinations can get quite large and time consuming to create.
On a recent project, I came across this method used by Dave Jones, the owner of Drafting and Design Plus (ddpbim.com). Dave creates the curtainwall door frames as individual curtainwall types and then embeds that CW in a single panel space within an existing CW. He then inserts a CW door as the lone panel within that embedded curtainwall. Keeping the doors and frames as separate elements allows any combination of doors and frames to be created and each will flex properly when the host curtainwall’s grids change.
This exercise will go over the method of creating a new curtainwall type, containing the door frame, embedding it into existing curtainwall, and then inserting doors. In practice, you may need to vary the mullion design depending on how you define the face of the curtainwall system – Face of glass, face of system, face of frame, centerline of wall, etc.
1. Start by creating a new curtainwall. The size doesn’t matter but making it approximately the size of a door will aid in visualization during the process.
2. With the curtainwall selected, click Edit Type then click Duplicate in the Type Properties dialog box. Give the new curtainwall type a descriptive name that identifies the type of door frame then click OK in both of the open dialog boxes.
3. The next step is to create the profiles for the frame. Click the Application button > New > Family.
9. The profile is in your project but it hasn’t been defined as a mullion yet. In the project file, click the Mullion button from the Architecture tab’s Build panel.
10. Select any of the Rectangular Mullion options then click Edit Type. In the Type Properties dialog box click Duplicate then rename the mullion. Click OK to close the Name dialog box.
13. Select the CW then click the Edit Type button in the Properties palette.
Under the Vertical Mullions category, the Border 1 Type and Border 2 Type values define the profiles that appear at the left and right jamb conditions respectively. Under the Horizontal Mullions category, the Border 1 Type and Border 2 Type values define the profiles that appear at the sill and head conditions respectively. In both cases, the Interior Type value defines the intermediate mullions.
14. In the Type Properties dialog box, click in the down arrow for the Vertical Mullions’ Value column of the Border 1 Type. Select the mullion for the door frame vertical. Repeat this step for the Border 2 Type.
15. Click in the down arrow for the Horizontal Mullions’ Value column of the Border 2 Type. Select the mullion for the door frame header. Click OK to close the Type Properties dialog box.
Curtainwall doors now replace the panels in the embedded curtainwalls.
This is a great method for creating framed CW door libraries without have to create a vast library of every door and frame combination.