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Code Consulting: Innovative Egress Solution

Challenge

This project involved the renovation of a high-rise built in the 1920s. The 13-story structure comprised two separate buildings that had been combined over the years, creating a challenging egress layout. Due to changes in code requirements, the egress distance no longer complied with code—and it was physically impossible to create a shorter path of travel.

Solution

The C3 Code Consulting team recognized the issue early. Collaborating with C3’s in-house engineers, we developed an alternative approach that utilized the building life safety systems to provide notification and direction to occupants during an emergency. This solution satisfied the code authorities and allowed the renovation to proceed.

Result

Based on our innovative solution, the building layout was approved by the city building official and the tenant’s move-in stayed on schedule.