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Old Posted Dec 27, 2013, 5:21 AM
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Seems odd that the lobby is up 7-8 steps from street level. How does that meet accessible building codes?
I believe it's level with Hollis Street, but 7-8 steps up from Lower Water.
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Is there another set of doors on Hollis serving as the main accessible entrance? Edit: oops, didn't see haligonia's post.

Looks very nicely done!
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Seems odd that the lobby is up 7-8 steps from street level. How does that meet accessible building codes?


I hate side entrances that seem like after thoughts. I want to go in the same door as everyone else.
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I hate side entrances that seem like after thoughts. I want to go in the same door as everyone else.
Was by the site the other day, and confirmed it on the plans. There is an entrance on Upper Water Street and one on Hollis. Both enter into the lobby (which follows through in a east west direction). There is no side entrances. Upper water street is at a lower grade then Hollis and therefore probably the reason for stairs to be there.

pictures look good.
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Was by the site the other day, and confirmed it on the plans. There is an entrance on Upper Water Street and one on Hollis. Both enter into the lobby (which follows through in a east west direction). There is no side entrances. Upper water street is at a lower grade then Hollis and therefore probably the reason for stairs to be there.

pictures look good.
That's good to know.
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Old Posted Dec 29, 2013, 3:06 AM
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I believe it's level with Hollis Street, but 7-8 steps up from Lower Water.
Correct. Elevators are just to the right in the second photo, and the hall has the same white stone on the walls as what's in the photos.

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There is no side entrances.
There is a door on Duke street for the lower retail level (almost level with Lower Water), which I assume is part of the bank's space.
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Old Posted Dec 30, 2013, 9:04 PM
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I love it aside from the two dormers. They didn't exist on the original building and just look weird as part of the base. Why?
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Thanks for posting. The glass looks green on one side and blue on the other, then reversed in the 2nd picture. Interesting effect.
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Old Posted Dec 30, 2013, 11:26 PM
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Other than the blank wall above Hollis Street it looks great.
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I love it aside from the two dormers. They didn't exist on the original building and just look weird as part of the base. Why?
Pshaw!!! Everyone knows that fake dormers are a requirement for a faux-Victorian building with a pitched roof.
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Thanks for the photos Duff. It appears to be very close to completion.

I think this was a great way to save the streetscape of old Halifax while creating practical office space from otherwise obsolete and decaying office space.
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Other than the blank wall above Hollis Street it looks great.
That is due to the stairwell, not really possible to add windows.
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That is due to the stairwell, not really possible to add windows.
That's why you don't put stairwells on the outside of buildings, or find a way to incorporate windows.
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It's 1635 posts and 6 years since we started this thread but this development is finally considered completed this month with some office tenants moving in.
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That is due to the stairwell, not really possible to add windows.
I don't think that's right - you can add windows, although I'd have to check and see if that's a building code issue in NS versus the National Code done by NRC. The Bow Tower, all of the stairwells can be seen from the street because of the glass curtain wall - so in my mind it comes down to the quality of the development and how cheap a developer wants to be.

In the case of the Bow with Norman Foster - I'm not sure if we pushed the issue of they felt the design would be compromised if they didn't do the windows. I think it's the latter.
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Could be wrong but I think Nova Scotia has adopted the National Bilding Code for provincial building codes.

Also two new stairwells being built onto exterior walls at Pier 21 are entirely enclosed in glass.
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I don't think that's right - you can add windows, although I'd have to check and see if that's a building code issue in NS versus the National Code done by NRC. The Bow Tower, all of the stairwells can be seen from the street because of the glass curtain wall - so in my mind it comes down to the quality of the development and how cheap a developer wants to be.

In the case of the Bow with Norman Foster - I'm not sure if we pushed the issue of they felt the design would be compromised if they didn't do the windows. I think it's the latter.
There are windows in the stairwell landing on the north side of each floor. As it is a fire escape, however its made, it needs to be non-combustible. May also have something to do with the LEED certification the building is seeking.
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The lighting has all been installed and looks really good. While my pic does not do it justice. This building shows how you should light up a heritage facade.

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