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Critique of Milstein Hall: Fire Safety

Jonathan Ochshorn


Fire safety contents: 1. introduction | 2. floor area limit | 3. fire barrier | 4. crit room egress | 5. Sibley egress | 6. mezzanine | 7. Rand occupancy | 8. conclusions | 9. summary and appeal | 10. variance application

This summary of code violations is an excerpt from a formal "Application for Variance or Appeal" that I filed with the New York State Division of Code Enforcement and Administration (DCEA) on May 28, 2013. All required documents and exhibits along with the full appeal can be viewed/downloaded as follows:
Application (pages 1-54): screen resolution pdf 3.4 MB or print resolution pdf 15.9 MB
Addenda (pages 55-81): screen resolution pdf 1.6 MB or print resolution pdf 19.3 MB
Notice of Hearing (July 18, 2013): screen resolution pdf 209 KB or print resolution pdf 1.3 MB
Notice to Reopen Hearing (September 19, 2013): screen resolution pdf 192 KB or print resolution pdf 1.3 MB
Hearing Results: Findings, transcript, and additional commentary | Latest developments: Blog updates | Official transcript of hearing (pdf)
Background reading: my papers on Designing Building Failures and A Probabilistic Approach to Nonstructural Failure

tentative book cover design for OMA's Milstein Hall by Jonathan Ochshorn

My book, OMA's Milstein Hall: A Case Study of Architectural Failure, has been published. Much of the material formerly included in these "Milstein Critique" webpages has been removed from these pages and incorporated in the book. Some supplementary material remains on these webpages — primarily videos and links to related documents.

9. Summary from Code Appeal

[No material, except for the links in the box above, remains on this webpage]