|Re: commercial building||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Lynn Nadeau (welcomeolympus.net)|
|Date: Fri, 25 Apr 2003 11:09:00 -0600 (MDT)|
>In our City's review of our common house construction documents, the decision >has been made that the CH is a commercial building and must therefore comply >with ADA and other commercial-construction policies.... >Has anyone dealt with the commercial-building issue with your city planning >department, and/or with appeal processes? Advice welcome! Thanks. There are various sub-categories of commercial. Look for the broadest category, like the one they'd use for a church parish hall, probably, some sort of general-assembly place. Requirements vary, from very special ones for theaters and restaurants, to broad issues of general safety and access. If you aren't already in the least-restricted category, then see how that can be accomplished. ADA is a given. Beyond that, in our case were requirements for highly reinforced floors (as if we were going to be training elephants in there), fire safety and egress requirements, and number of lavatories. Some things were a function of how many square feet we had, but not all areas counted the same, and it mattered what we CALLED a space. A "recreation" room was different from an "exercise" room (huh? but yes). We could exempt various storage spaces and hallways from some of the calculations. We kicked and screamed (very politely and civilly, of course) about the requirement for 4 lavs, especially, and got it down to a practical 2. I think we also got the floor reinforcement backed off some too, as this would have been a big expense. Much depends on a) Studying the fine print in the building code and understanding the alternatives and b) Your personal dealings with the bureaucrats, and how well you can convince them that you can have what you want AND they can be "doing their job." They need to be able to back up their decisions with SOME chapter and verse. Choose your battles. You are commercial in the world where you are either a house or you are commercial. Read "non-residence." And you may eventually find yourself in situations where you have 80 people in your common house for something and many of them do not know where the exits are, and the place is suddenly full of smoke and the electricity is out, and you'll be glad you have panic push-bars on the doors, emergency floodlights, and a way to get out of there in a hurry! Lynn Nadeau, RoseWind Cohousing Port Townsend Washington (Victorian seaport, music, art, nature) http://www.rosewind.org http://www.ptguide.com http://www.ptforpeace.info (very active peace movement here- see our photo) _______________________________________________ Cohousing-L mailing list Cohousing-L [at] cohousing.org Unsubscribe and other info: http://www.cohousing.org/cohousing-L
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