I am doing an ADA upgrade or a 40+ year old community center. About 40 doors require upgrades. There are about 7 doors that would be required by current code to have panic hardware and swing in the direction of egress travel, but which currently open opposite to egress travel and have only round door knobs. Presumably, these doors met code when the building was built.
Can I just replace the round knobs with lever hardware, or must I do the much more expensive upgrade to change the door swing and provide panic hardware? My project is for ADA improvements only, and there are no upgrades or modifications to program spaces other than restrooms and a locker room which must be reconfigured for accessibility. In some cases changing the door swing will require construction of new walls to recess the door away from the corridor.
Is there anything in the IBC or CBC that exempts accessibility upgrades from triggering requirements to upgrade the path of egress? Specifically, which of the following would trigger requirements for egress upgrades of the doors?
- Adjustment of closer force, work on the threshold, addition of a bottom push plate.
- Change of hardware on an existing door.
- New door in existing frame, for the purpose of providing ADA compliant vision panel in the door. The new door requires new hardware as well.
- New, wider door and frame to provide 32" clear width.
- Relocated door and frame in existing or new wall as needed to provide ADA required push and pull side clearances.
- How about upgrades to hardware on a sliding door used for a second egress of an atrium space with 160 occupants, where current code requires swing doors?