|Re: Is the Common House a Public Building?||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Philip Proefrock (architectcornellbox.com)|
|Date: Mon, 20 Dec 2004 07:32:13 -0800 (PST)|
I think that the determination of whether or not a common house is a public building or not, and the associated questions of what level of construction is required for it, will be largely determined by the local code officials. And, in my experience, depending on the particular code officials you are dealing with, this can either be a very difficult process, or something that they will "get" and work with you on. Some code officials will insist on their interpretation of a situation. Your architect should be your advocate in this process. If the interpretation you have gotten from the reviewer is slanted too far from what you feel it should rightly be (i.e. they think you need to meet commercial kitchen code), there is usually some sort of appeals process where you should be able to make a case for your interpretation. There is usually a fee for this, and any professionals (architects, lawyers, etc.) who accompany you will be billing for their time, so the cost considerations do need to be evaluated. If you are early enough in the process, you can probably even meet with the local building official, and talk to them about the project before it is officially submitted for review. Getting an early read on their interpretation can be helpful in identifying potential problem areas in order to address them early. On a recent library project I worked on, for example, we found that we could avoid many problems by not putting a cooktop in the kitchen (which wasn't really necessary anyhow; all they really wanted was an oven for warming food during catered events). This kept it from being seen as a commercial kitchen. While this isn't directly applicable for a common house, my point is that we asked about this early, and then adjusted our design accordingly. Philip Proefrock ---------------------------------------------------------------- This message was sent using IMP, the Internet Messaging Program.
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