one of the staff proposed this solution. wants to consider an exit stair enclosure as a horizontal exit. provide adequate space inside to meet the refuge capacity area, provide egress doors as required, provide rated wall/door separation as required. my first reaction was no, can't do that. it is an exit enclosure. but can't find anything in the code or manuals either way.
why do this? in anticipation of your question, they want to do this to avoid making one of the elevators in a five story office building meet the accessible means of egress requirements.
appreciate your thoughts!