Re: Re: (common house as a) commercial building
From: Sharon Villines (
Date: Tue, 29 Apr 2003 09:11:01 -0600 (MDT)
On 4/28/2003 5:52 PM, "Jeff Zucker" <jeffreyz [at]> wrote:

> We initially attempted to use terminology to convince the building department
> that the common house was not a commercial building.  Thus, rooms were called
> "computer room" rather than "office"  etc. ,  which, I believe is perfectly
> legitimate.  However, the building department insisted on classifying our
> building as  commercial.  (We are already sprinklering ALL of our buildings,
> so that was not an issue)

What is their definition of "commercial", since it varies by locality.
> The building department insists that, IF we install an elevator, it must be a
> commercial grade elevator.  They also say that, since we can get to the
> building (and exit) at all levels, we don't necessarily have to have one.

What happens if you design so an elevator can be installed later?

That said, elevators are used much more than people would think. Just moving
stuff in and out takes up a lot of use. If there is no other truck access
except from three stories up, it will be heavily used. Also, with an aging
population, elevators are in high demand. Knees just don¹t last as long as
people do and stairs place a great strain on them -- going down even more
than going up. It may be a good idea to put in a commercial elevator.

Sharon Villines, Washington DC
Where all roads lead to Casablanca

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