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Dear Richard

Do you feel there will be advantages in implementing Opening and Closing Gates with locks for a skywalk from security point of view?



Yes, there will be advantages after implementing Opening and Closing Gates with locks for a skywalk from a security point of view.  But both buildings on either side of the skywalk must exit independently of the skywalk.  The skywalk is used for convenience only.  And the door hardware must be operable from the egress side without the use of key or special knowledge.  In other words, we can not create a situation where someone gets trapped inside the skywalk after the door locks behind them.

In my city, we have a skywalk system that I enjoy every day.  It continues to grow a little every year.  Each skywalk connection is unlike any other.  And the rules noted above are applied in different ways which afford both security and emergency exit.

I hope that helps.

Richard Burton, AIA
Registered Architect
ICC Certified Plan Reviewer
NFPA Certified Fire Plan Examiner


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A combined total of 25 years experience with construction, architecture, and building code enforcement. Ask me about residential and commercial design. Ask me about design aesthetics, structural methods, and building something that will withstand severe weather conditions. Ask me my opinion about YOUR design ideas and I will tell you the merits of good design and challenge your thinking about practical issues. Ask me how to best find and work with your local architect and approach general contractors to get the most value for the least amount of headaches. You can ask me about improving your energy efficiency and things that are both green and practical. But don't ask me about solar panels and wind turbines unless you are currently paying your utility company 35 cents per Kilowatt. Otherwise the math does not justify the initial cost and return on investment. Ask me any building code question and how to get a building permit from the most difficult enforcement agencies.


Here in the midwest, we design and build "green" in ways that make sense. My construction methods prioritize weather resistance, ease of maintenance and durability. While a graduate student in San Diego, I taught drafting and history of architecture. After working ten years for other architecture firms, I have started my firm Arrow Architecture in 2008. More than half of my work involves commercial office buildings. But my portfolio of work also includes custom homes, residential additions, home remodels, and second story additions.

President-Elect of American Institute of Architects - Lincoln, NE

B.S. Architecture - (Interior Design) University of Nebraska Lincoln 1997 Master of Architecture - (Urban Design and Professional Practice) NewSchool of Architecture - San Diego 2004 Graduated Summa Cum Laude ICC Certified Building Plans Examiner

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AIA Henry Adams Medal and Certificate

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