BCAB #1265 - Handrails for Main Access Stair, Sentence 126.96.36.199.(1) and Article 188.8.131.52.
November 21, 1991
Re: Handrails for Main Access Stair, Sentence 184.108.40.206.(1) and Article 220.127.116.11.
The central circulation stair of a new theological college and seminary. The stair is located in the main entry area and provides access between the first and second floors. The stair rises from a hexagonal platform three risers above the main floor level. The three risers and two treads completely surround the platform so access is possible from any direction. The handrails are continuous through an inside turn of 180 down to the main floor level.
Reason for Appeal
The building official has asked for additional handrails on the three risers of the platform in line with the upper stair. These would be free-standing handrails and would not be a continuous extension of the handrail on the main portion of the stair.
The appellant maintains that the handrail as installed meets both the intent and the letter of Article 18.104.22.168. and additional handrails should not be required.
Building Official's Position
The building official contends that the intent of Article 22.214.171.124. is not being met . He considers handrails "reasonably in line with the main path of travel from the front entry" are needed because without them, persons with disabilities would be disadvantaged by having to circumnavigate the three riser platform in order to find a handrail to assist them in climbing the stair.
Appeal Board Decision #1265
It is the determination of the Board that the handrail as designed and constructed meets the requirements of Clause 126.96.36.199.(d) and additional handrails as requested by the building official are not required.
George R. Humphrey, Chair