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Dec 03 2014

WW: Esoteric Exits

Category: Egress,Wordless WednesdayLori @ 12:03 am Comments (5)

If I had a dollar for every time I was asked to make a door invisible, I’d have enough money to buy that desert island I’ve been dreaming of.  But then y’all would have to find a new place to send your Wordless Wednesday photos.  🙁

In my opinion, these doors do not meet this IBC requirement:  “Means of egress doors shall be readily distinguishable from the adjacent construction and finishes such that the doors are easily recognizable as doors. Mirrors or similar reflecting materials shall not be used on means of egress doors. Means of egress doors shall not be concealed by curtains, drapes, decorations or similar materials.” 

What do you think?

Restaurant 1 Exit

Museum Exit

This one appears to have panic hardware retrofitted to the window:

Restaurant 2 Exit

Thank you to Kyle Hirchert of Boeing South Carolina (and Mrs. Hirchert!) for these photos!

5 Responses to “WW: Esoteric Exits”

  1. David Moyer says:

    I agree – none of these doors meet the IBC requirement. The wood-paneled door is especially interesting because door hardware is not visible. I too see many doors like this – ‘hiding’ the exit is common.

  2. Cda says:

    Agree on first two

    Would have to see the last one in person. Looks like an older building

  3. Terry Crump says:

    Looking closely at the third photo, it looks like there are 2 significant steps UP to get out of the dining room. There is an old push-bar exit device on it, but there’s no way it would be ADA compliant with those steps. (by the way, the steps are visible when looking under the table.)

  4. David DeFilippo AIA says:

    All look like places of assembly – why hide the way out. Do we need more Station Houses?

  5. Kevin Wiley says:

    They are not code-compliant and should be taken care of.

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