Maximum Fall Distance: Stairwells shall requirements of the most current adopted
be designed such that it is not possible for a edition of the International Building Code.
person to jump or fall more than one level.
Stair Treads: Treads shall be of highly
High Ceilings: In stairwells with high durable construction.
ceilings, light fixtures and other devices
requiring periodic maintenance shall be Handrails/Banisters: Handrail and
installed at lower elevations (e.g. by wall guardrail installations shall comply with the
mounting or on the underside of a landing) requirements of the most current adopted
so as to be easily maintainable. Light editions of the NFPA Life Safety Code and
fixtures shall never be installed in such a the International Building Code. Vertical
way as to require scaffold or a scissors lift baluster spacing is preferred so as to reduce
for relamping. High ceilings and walls shall climbability of guardrails.
be as maintenance free and as accessible
for maintenance as possible. Consideration Glass: Use of glass in lieu of balusters shall
shall be given to limiting the height of the be avoided due to costly cleaning
space to avoid more stringent requirements requirements.
for fire and smoke protection systems.
Exterior Stairs: Exterior stair treads shall
Accessibility for Cleaning: Stairwells shall be pitched ¼ in./ft. for drainage.
be designed so as to be as accessible for
cleaning as possible. Consideration shall be Areas of Rescue Assistance: Areas of
given to the need to periodically clean all Rescue Assistance (ARA) shall be provided
surfaces, including windows, ledges, piping, in all newly constructed buildings in
etc. This need has often been overlooked in accordance with the ADA and the Illinois
stairwell design on campus. Accessibility Code. When technically
feasible, ARA shall be provided in buildings
Enclosed Risers: Stairs shall incorporate undergoing remodeling. See the document
an “enclosed” riser design. entitled Remodeling, Special Considerations
within these Standards.
Stair Dimensions/Proportions: Stairs
shall meet the applicable geometry
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