BCAB #1265 - Handrails for Main Access Stair, Sentence and Article

November 21, 1991

BCAB #1265

Re: Handrails for Main Access Stair, Sentence and Article

Project Description

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.

Appellant's Position

The appellant maintains that the handrail as installed meets both the intent and the letter of Article and additional handrails should not be required.

Building Official's Position

The building official contends that the intent of Article 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 and additional handrails as requested by the building official are not required.

George R. Humphrey, Chair