Vertical Openings – Escalator

Section 712.1.3

An escalator provides convenient movement for building occupants communicating multiple floors. However, escalators are typically not a part of the required means of egress.

Horizontal (Floor) Shutter

This case study features a much reduced aesthetically valuable ambiance with the design of a parking garage. However, from a fire & life safety perspective the need for fire and smoke protection is the same. The use of the 2-hour rated horizontal shutter quickly satisfies the basic requirement of opening protection at the opening and the escalator is enclosed.