Both the 1968 and 2014 Building Code address access control devices on required egress doors. Both codes are similar in that they may require commissioner approval for such a device and have a list of additional safeguard that must be met including but not limited to:
When the required safeguard are met the commissioner may permit the installation of an access control device. This allowance is permitted on a case by case basis and past installation is not a guarantee for future approval.
Your waterfront project may need permits from an unlikely source.
Special Considerations for Cold-Formed Steel Construction.