I submitted a formal code complaint today about the Mui Ho Fine Arts Library in Rand Hall at Cornell University. As far as I can tell, the project—under construction and expected to open before the Fall 2019 semester begins—has at least nine substantial fire safety and life safety violations, all explained in my complaint document:
Violation #1: Unenclosed egress stair in the atrium.
Violation #2: Inadequate number of plumbing fixtures in the roof-top bathrooms.
Violation #3: Fifth floor incorrectly labeled as mezzanine within the atrium.
Violation #4: Lack of 1-hour horizontal assembly between the atrium and roof-top spaces.
Violation #5: Smoke control system does not protect building occupants.
Violation #6: Elevator too small for an ambulance stretcher.
Violation #7: Allowable story height exceeded for library occupancy without Type I construction.
Violation #8: Allowable floor area is exceeded at the second story.
Violation #9: Vertical openings in bookstack floors.
All of my writings about the Rand Hall library project are linked from this website.