Hopefully you’re not getting sick of my vacation photos because I’ve got a few more. This post has a special bonus at the end though – something I’ve NEVER seen before.
This facility is an assembly occupancy which I’d estimate has an occupant load of a couple hundred people. The main entrance has no door – it’s just an opening (it’s not exterior – it’s connected to the rest of the facility). Within the assembly space there are two exits, both with exit signs. One is the hollow metal pair wrapped to look like a Christmas package. In my opinion, you shouldn’t wrap the egress side of your doors as gifts, and I don’t know what the extra something is in the close-up but I’m guessing it has to do with locking the doors. These doors must unlatch with one operation, and the only type of lock that’s allowed is panic hardware. The good news is that whatever it is was not engaged when we were there.
The other exit is the aluminum storefront pair, which is behind a fence and has a roll-down shade hanging over it. Just like the pool photos, the fence (and the chain at the pool) has been added to create a “staff only” area. Having an area for staff is fine, but blocking access to the exit is not. The roll-down shade is also a no-no.
And here’s the extra bonus. This is not the first time I’ve posted a photo of birds with hardware, but this is the first time I’ve seen a kestrel using a panic device as a perch. From the looks of the panic, it’s not the first time she’s perched there. Pretty cool, I think.