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May 06 2016

FF: Conference Center

Category: Accessibility,Egress,Fixed-it FridayLori @ 2:56 pm Comments (2)

In addition to yesterday’s applied panels, which qualified as Fixed-it Friday photos, here are a few more applications from the conference center where I’m spending one more night.  If you’re in Orlando and saw any Fixed-it Friday doors during your stay, send them along!

Remember when I was recently talking about continuous hinges on fire doors?  I don’t think these doors are fire doors – they don’t have latching hardware, but this pair proves that an installer could be inclined to leave space at the top when installing a continuous hinge, creating a gap that might affect the performance of the door:

Cont Hinge 1  Cont Hinge 2

I noticed that this door was cracked near the concealed closer arm, so I thought maybe it was installed without a door stop.  Then I realized that it did indeed have a stop…the fire alarm strobe:

Fire Alarm

These main doors to the exhibit hall were obviously retrofitted with access control.  I doubt the architect who chose the original full-height pulls was consulted for an opinion on the retrofit:

Exhibit Hall 1

Exhibit Hall 2  Exhibit Hall 3

I’m no sprinkler expert, but I doubt this molding/sprinkler head coordination was pre-planned:

Sprinkler Head

I was taking this photo to point out that the overhead stops should have been dark bronze finish instead of satin chrome/stainless, but then I realized that this exit discharge door does not lead to the public way as required for a means of egress:

Landscape Exit 1

Landscape Exit 2

In fact, virtually all of the main exit doors from the exhibit hall led to a patio without a code-compliant path to the public way:

Patio 1

Patio 2

And finally…what’s the point of installing a door closer on a hotel room door if it’s not adjusted to have the proper closing speed and control?  I could have lost a leg!

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2 Responses to “FF: Conference Center”

  1. Eric says:

    This happens at every DHI show/school: we pick the host facility apart. But it’s so much fun!

  2. Kevin Knippa says:

    With regard to the fire sprinkler, the listing for a sidewall sprinkler such as this will indicate the maximum distance the sprinkler deflector may be from the ceiling. It looks like the crown molding might have been taller than the permitted distance from the deflector to the ceiling.

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