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The mission of the Historic Resources Committee (HRC) is to identify, understand, and preserve architectural heritage, both nationally and internationally. HRC is engaged in promoting the role of the historic architect within the profession through the development of information and knowledge among members, allied professional organizations, and the public.

We hope you'll join us February 7-8 at the annual HRC Taliesin Colloquium where we'll discuss how codes have impacted existing buildings and what to expect from upcoming code changes. 

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Adaptive Reuse of Historic Structures for Housing

  • 1.  Adaptive Reuse of Historic Structures for Housing

    Posted 01-07-2020 16:25
    We have been adapting historic structures for housing for many years. Most of them low-rise buildings, old schools, office buildings, and industrial buildings are examples of types that have adaptive well for housing.  In the newest code, the provisions and exceptions for SECTION 1030 EMERGENCY ESCAPE AND RESCUE appear to have changed.  Has anyone else had this provision impact the ability to adapt these types of structures?

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    Lauren Pinney Burge AIA
    Perspectus Historic Architecture Chambers, Murphy & Burge Studio
    Akron OH
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    Nominate an architect for the Frey award! Deadline: February 27


  • 2.  RE: Adaptive Reuse of Historic Structures for Housing

    Posted 01-08-2020 20:39
    Good Evening Lauren,

    The previous code that we referenced here in NYS allowed for one means of egress from a bedroom in an occupancy that contained more than 2 dwelling units. NYS then adopted the 2015 IBC and under that code, any bedroom requires 2 means of egress. No matter what the occupancy. Typically a door and also a window.

    This really threw a wrench in an adaptive reuse of a 1920’s armory structure I was working on. I had to change our competent design to conform. The client was less than pleased.

    Regards,

    Jeffery T. Smith AIA, NCARB
    Architect/Partner
    Chianis + Anderson Architects, PLLC


    Nominate an architect for the Frey award! Deadline: February 27