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Dec 30 2010

Assembly Egress

Category: Egress,Road TripsLori @ 9:44 pm Comments (4)
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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.

4 Responses to “Assembly Egress”

  1. Charles says:

    Yea I just setting here waiting for my doctor, because my shoulder hurts

    The roll Down shade should not be there plus too low to begin with

    The first picture looks like a gate latching device, minus a few parts

    Back to the pool problem. The code does not get onto locations of additional exits much, except for spacing and on so many walls

    So ahj’s cannot push to much if exit location is not the greatest

    Have fun, Put the camera down and step back!!!

  2. Lori says:

    I AM having fun! Doors and hardware are a blast! 🙂

    I hope your shoulder feels better and that you have a Happy New Year!

  3. Jeremy says:

    I love the picture of the bird perched on the panic. If I was a bird, thats where I would be too. On another note, I cannot believe that there are others out there that think about doors and hardware like I do- I feel like I might be human after all. Keep up the great work on this awesome blog!!

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