We have a 3 story type 2 constructed dormitory built in 1966 with 2 exterior metal stairways with 39 inches wide stair treads and a central stairwell that has 36 inches wide stair treads.
It has old fashioned hand rails. The contractor is replacing the old handrails
The new prefab stair side sections have handrails that are attached on the interior reducing the exit pathway down to 34 inches.
In NFPA 101 chapter 7 Table 188.8.131.52.1.1(b) Existing Stairs
“Minimum width clear of all obstructions, except projections not more than 4 1⁄2 in. (114 mm) at or below handrail height on each side.”
What is the definition of “Projections”?
The governing agency is trying to say the handrails are the projections I disagree