Tuesday, Brazil Public Library Director Jill Scarbrough and architects from Pyramid Architecture and Engineering presented a new Life Safety Plan and variances in compliance with Indiana State Code in Indianapolis to the state during a special hearing.
Scarbrough said the three variances presented were approved, although other projects heard during the hearing were not as lucky.
"I was a little nervous. It was a very eye-opening experience," Scarbrough said.
In March, Pyramid will present three more variances to the state in another hearing.
The variances stem from the new building being designed as an A-5 occupancy building, but classified as an A-3 building.
Right now, Scarbrough does not have an indication of when in March the hearing will be, but she does know which variances are being presented.
Currently, the building addition is in violation of IC 707.14, which requires an elevator lobby to be provided in two story buildings.
Pyramid will ask for variance on IC 1004.2.5 because the maximum common path of travel will be 90 feet from the furthest point on the second floor but the code limits the common path of travel to 75 feet.
The final variance is for IC 1004.2.2.1, which requires second floor exits to be placed one-half of the longest diagonal (44.5 feet for the library) apart.
The second floor exits are 10 feet apart now.
Scarbrough hopes all three variances will be approved during the March hearing so the project can continue to move forward.
Because staff has been allowed to return to work inside the building, tax forms and copy services are available as well as call-ahead book borrowing.
The library can be reached at 448-1981.
"We know it's not the best situation, but those who use the front door service have been grateful," Scarbrough said.