May 29, 2015
Fgrable, Thank you for your reply. I have an existing 50'x100' building. Previous occupancy was B/S occupancy under the 2003 IBC. New remodeling (new bldg owner) will remain B/S-1 occupancy. Level 3 alteration. The company makes a natural grasshopper control product and is not an assembly, retail, government or a a medical office or medical care facility or a transportation facility Plans Describe 50% of building ground floor& upper level B occupancy, 50% ground floor and 480 s.f. mezzanine S-1 occupancy, No separation required. This is a private company, not open for public use. Upper level B occupancy has an occupant load of 29 people, mezzanine S-1 occupant load is 2 people, 1 hr rated exit stair enclosure from the B occupancy. Per 1104.4 exception #1 "an accessible route is not required to stories and mezzanines that have an aggregate area of not more than 3,000 s.f. and are located above and below accessible levels".
Building official is stating that since the aggregate area of the 2nd level (2,875 s.f.) and the mezzanine (480 s.f) exceeds 3,000 s.f. , then a lift or elevator is required.
DOJ only requires elevators when the building is three stories or more or if the use is one as described above.
Any clarification to ease my pain would be greatly appreciated.
April 6, 2015
"except for certain types of occupancies or uses."
You have sort of answered your question with this statement. It depends on what type of occupancy and use the building serves.
Maybe come back around with a statement of the situation you are looking at and then ask if the code requires an elevator. The forum members will be at a loss to help without further information.
May 29, 2015
Can anyone show me where in the 2015 IBC or IEBC specifically when an elevator is REQUIRED for 2nd floor access. I cannot find specific language requiring wheel chair access to a 2nd floor level except for certain types of occupancies or uses. Any information would be greatly appreciated.
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