(SHERBROOKE) This is really the end of the reading mezzanines built in eight primary schools the School Board of the Region de Sherbrooke (CSRS).
After the analysis made by the Régie du bâtiment, the CSRS says forced to dismantle this summer the 17 structures built in recent years.
“We made several requests to the Régie du bâtiment. We even asked him, in the last resort, consider four of them as furniture, considering their small size, “said Paule Corriveau, director of the CSRS of Material Resources.
“However, she said, mezzanine floors are considered to meet the safety regulations of public buildings.”
Recall that the conclusion of the Régie du bâtiment specialists indicates that mezzanines are to be regarded as a floor meets the safety regulations that are in place since 1976 in public buildings such as schools.
“Reading corner Committee”
The main criteria for the conformity of a floor are noncombustible construction with a fire and a clear height of 2.1 meters. The Building Authority is the competent authority for the implementation of safety rules in Quebec, said the CSRS.
The direction of the CSRS recognizes “the educational value of mezzanines,” but they do not comply with safety regulations. “In the same way, note that the mezzanines can be considered as compliant furniture or playground equipment,” says one.
Once completed the dismantling of mezzanines, wood will be recovered by the school or by the contractor, for disposition.
The CSRS has set up a “reading area committee” that will encourage the development of a leisure reading area which could have a theme, atmosphere, with furniture such carpets, cushions, libraries, etc. to fill otherwise the feature mezzanines, does one note in a press release.