This is about the main entrance on the proposed RTA Rapid Station Remodel. It’s classified as A-3 with total occupant load of 271.
According to OFC 1008.1.10, the main exit door is required to have panic hardware. The exception permits locks or latches equipped with key-operated locking devices from the egress side as long as the following are provided (1008.1.9.3):
1) The device is readily distinguishable as locked;
2) Durable sign stating “THIS DOOR IS TO REMAIN UNLOCKED WHEN THE BUILDING IS OCCUPIED.”
Since we are not talking about a key-operated locking device, I believe that panic hardware is required by the code, therefore not allowing electromagnetically locked egress doors as stated in OFC 1008.1.9.8.
I’m not against their desired lock, I’m just not clear on how it complies with the code.
Bill Bennett, Fire Prevention Officer
Brook Park Fire Department