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Beyond Codes: Vertical Openings/Atria and Means of Egress

The last of the 2015 Beyond Codes Series, this half-day session is geared towards architects and designers wanting to get a better understanding of code requirements for protection of floor openings in buildings. This class will clarify the applicable code requirements, including the advantages and disadvantages of each strategy using real-life project examples. It will also cover best practices for coordination within your project team and sub-consultants from the architect/project manager perspective, as well as maintenance and other considerations for the owner’s perspective. These considerations -in addition to the code requirements -determine the ultimate success of the selected strategy.

Additionally, there will be an in-depth review of the state code requirements for means of egress in commercial facilities. Example projects will be used to illustrate the complexity and potential conflicts in the application and interpretation of the code, and explain how to navigate through these issues to achieve code-compliant designs. Although the content will focus primarily on Washington state, as appropriate, we will discuss differences when doing business in other states.

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Registration Close Date: Monday, October 12, 2015


  • Participants will be able to identify the different types of floor openings and evaluate the available options for protected and unprotected code compliant floor openings.
  • Participants will be able to explain the basics of Means of Egress and how code informs the broader context.
  • Participants will be able to explain the performance approach to smoke management, fire spread, and means of egress analysis.
  • Participants will be able to identify the challenges involving the renovation of existing buildings constructed per the legacy codes (UBC) when new work is based upon the current state code.

October 16, 2015
Registration: 8:00 – 8:30AM
Program: 8:30am- 12:30PM
Beyond Codes Program Schedule for Session 3 is available for download.


Includes afternoon beverages and snacks

$95 for AIA Members and government employees
$55 for AIA Associates
$35 for Students
$195 for Non-Members

Did you attend Session 1 or Session 2? If so you can receive 10% off registration! Please check your previous registration emails or email AV Goodsell.


Explore full Speaker Bios. All speakers subject to change.

Samir Mokashi, Principal at Code Unlimited


Special thanks to the sponsors of the 2015 Beyond Codes series:

Coughlin Porter Lundeen  |  Degenkolb Engineers  |  FSi Consulting Engineers  |  Interface Engineering | Kibble & Prentice


Special thanks to the Code Knowledge Community on planning this series of sessions!

Program Questions?
Contact AIA Seattle Program Manager AV Goodsell.

Registration and Credit Questions?
Contact AIA Seattle Membership Manager May Ruiz.



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October 16, 2015
8:00 am - 12:30 pm
Event Price
$55 - $195
Class Credit


AIA Seattle
(206) 448-4938


Seattle City Hall – Bertha Knight Landes Room
600 Fourth Ave
Seattle, WA 98104 United States
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