BCAB #1549 - Occupancy Classification, Article 126.96.36.199
September 19, 2001
Re: Occupancy Classification, Article 188.8.131.52
The subject building is a secondary school. A portion of the school building, approximately 27% of the floor area, is an "industrial wing" which contains automotive, metal and construction instructional shops, classrooms and laboratories. It is proposed that a separate building will be constructed facing the "industrial wing."
Reason for Appeal
Article 184.108.40.206. requires every building or part thereof to be classified according to its major occupancy, and if the building is intended to be used by more than one major occupancy it shall be classified according to all major occupancies for which it is used or intended to be used.
The appellant contends the "industrial wing" is an education school building and should classified as the remainder of the building, that is Group A, Division 2 major occupancy. The shop operations of an industrial nature should considered subsidiary occupancies of the A2 major occupancy.
Building Official's Position
The Building Official contends the entire "industrial wing" should be classified as Group F, Division 2, and that the appropriate Subsection 3.2.3. tables for a F2 occupancy be used in determining when determining spatial separation from the proposed building.
Appeal Board Decision #1549
It is the determination of the Board that the existing south block building is classified as a Group A, Division 2 major occupancy containing Group F Division 2 and Group F Division 3 (shops) subsidiary occupancies. As the automotive shop (repair garage) is a separate fire compartment required by Sentence 220.127.116.11.(1), and is a Group F Division 2 occupancy, Table 18.104.22.168.B should be applied to that portion of the exposing building face. The remainder of the exposing building face of the industrial wing contains Group F Division 3 occupancy and Table 22.214.171.124.A would therefore apply.
George Humphrey, Chair