I am new to this site, and I imagine this has been asked a million times. I am an architect starting to look at a project for the 2nd floor of an existing fire station. They want to add bunk rooms, work out room, kitchen, etc. There is no elevator currently.
I believe there have been local discussions of 'able bodied' people who will be solely utilizing the space. It is designed for active fire fighters. That said, I believe the ADA doesn't care about that, and since it is a public building, it must be fully accessible. This will certainly blow the budget and keep may keep them from being able to complete the project.
I read about ADAAG vs UFAS [Uniform Accesability Standards] which may have some leeway as it was originally designed for the military not needing to make as much accessible for similar reasons.
Has anyone heard about this, or am I barking up the wrong tree? I don't want to draw something to have them get their project but be open to being sued down the road...
I realize this isn't an NFPA question, but I imagine there are a number of fire cheifs out there reading these posts who may have insight or experience in this matter. It probably happens all the time.