Thursday’s 6pm ET Zoom study session is titled, “Occupant Load” You’ll take the first five minutes of class to answer the question alone, but if you would like to get a head-start on that, here is the assignment.
Because there will be no bleachers installed, the owners insist that the open gym should be set at the “participant sports” occupant load of one-person-per-50-SF. The architect, concerned that someday the gym may host a higher-density event, would prefer to use the one-person-per-15-SF value common to assembly spaces. The campus has its own building inspector who, reluctantly, is willing to go along with the owner (the owner also is the campus) and allow the building to meet the requirements of one-person-per-50-SF. What should the architect do? Select the best answer.
Average the two occupancy loads to come up with a load of one-person-per-32.5-SF
Bring the state building code official in to “break the tie”
Hold firm on the one-person-per-15-SF value for egress, sprinklers, and other life-safety element; but use the less-stringent values for non-life-safety building design (e.g. lavatory and water closet count requirements)
The owner always has final say on everything in the building; design for one-person-per-50-SF
Please don’t post your answer on this thread
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