I am currently dealing with a fire station that was constructed in 1965, prior to any adopted building codes in Indiana.
The fire station suffered structural and roof damage during a storm from a tree fall. My question is an exterior exit staircase from the second floor was damaged. A structural engineer assessed the staircase and addressed the items needing repaired, which is quite extensive and will need to be removed for repair. The staircase is far from meeting current code.
The insurance company does not want to pay for a new exterior stairway that would meet code, they want to have it repaired.
Is there any code requirement in the 2012 IBC that would require this stairway to be brought up to the 2012 IBC on an existing building?
The stairway is the original. I cannot for the life of me find a code section that would require this stairway to be code compliant if removed and repaired. If we can cite a code requirement for this to be code compliant the insurance will pay for a brand new stairway, which is our goal.
Any recommendations or prior experience with this type of situation would be greatly appreciated! (You would think the insurance would want a code compliant exit component, but I know its all about the $$$)
Posted anonymously for discussion. Discuss This | Submit Your Question | Subscribe
Subscribe and learn something new each day:
Thank You to Our Top December '19 Contributors!
Sprinkler Designer or Engineer?
Get all of our tools, including the Sprinkler Database, Friction Loss Calculator, Fire Pump Analyzer and more:
Daily discussion questions are open-ended questions posed by members for the benefit of sharing expertise and learning from other perspectives. Join as a member here.
2019 PE Prep Guide
PE Prep Series
(Click to enlarge)
Visit July-October for daily Fire Protection PE Exam sample questions.
Solutions are posted the day after posting.
Comment with your solutions, questions or clarifications.
Please note that questions posted are unofficial and in accordance with NCEES rules are intended to be similar to actual exam questions, not actual exam questions themselves.