|Re: upstairs for Common House and lifts||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Fred H. Olson (fholsoncohousing.org)|
|Date: Tue, 7 Apr 1998 07:24:39 -0500|
Lou Host-Jablonski, AIA Design Coalition Inc. designco [at] execpc.com is the author of the message below but due to a problem it was posted by the Fred the list manager: owner-cohousing-L [at] cohousing.org -------------------- FORWARDED MESSAGE FOLLOWS -------------------- People, In response to Lynn N.'s query, from Village Cohousing in Madison Wisconsin: Our common house will have two shared, common levels (and in addition, living units above the common levels). We've designed a lift between the common levels, in a fire-resistive shaft with doors. Lifts (sometimes called 'vertical wheelchair lifts') are less expensive than elevators ($12,000 to $16,000), and take up less space (5' x 5' per floor, give or take some inches, depending on the model you choose). They're readily available and the quality and features seem to be improving all the time. We've placed our lift to serve the two covered accessible parking stalls (a very desireable feature, if you can manage it, especially in a locale with ice and snow), and the non-covered ones too. We're also planning to use the lift and carts to bring food up from the basement, and garbage and recycleables down. We chose to forego accessibility to the upper-level units since we have a number of well-designed grade-level accessible units. I don't know what UBC says about lifts, lift heights, weight and safety requirements, fire ratings and penetrating floors and so on, as Wisconsin uses it's own, custom building code. You should get very clear on these key rquirements from your architect and/or inspector. Here, this is a permitted application, and I believe a more appropriate one than a full-blown elevator, since a common house lift is likely to 'see' much less use than , say, an elevator in a typical commercial building. We've done a number of these installations in churches and community centers, and they work great. Lou Host-Jablonski, AIA Design Coalition Inc. 2088 Atwood Avenue Madison, WI 53704 designco [at] execpc.com 608/246-8846 (voice) 608/246-8670 (fax)
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