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Lifts vs Elevators – Pros and Cons

Posted on January 6th, 2021

The question has come up several times of why and where one would use a wheelchair lift versus an elevator and what would be the advantage of one over the other, presuming there is a choice.

On-Demand Accessibility Continuing Education Series Now Available

Posted on November 20th, 2020

We are pleased to announce the official launch of our new on-demand webinar service that addresses access and aging.

Pop-Up Restaurants and What You Need to Know About Access

Posted on September 12th, 2020

Janis Kent, Architect, FAIA, CASp © September, 2020 With the continuation of our on-going plague, many restaurants are taking their seating area out to the public sidewalks, parking areas, and even onto the streets. While the concept of pop-up restaurants has been around for a while, it has evolved as a temporary outdoor add-on to existing […]

Doors and Gates – What they need for ongoing maintenance

Posted on July 31st, 2020

The question has come up as to whether manual doors need to be maintained to be accessible. And the answer is – yes, absolutely.

The Kitchen Sink – or everything you ever wanted to know about faucets

The Kitchen Sink – or everything you ever wanted to know about faucets

Posted on June 8th, 2020

What do you need to provide for an accessible sink? One of the more difficult issues about making a kitchen sink accessible is reaching the faucet controls.

Beyond Access: MCD Magazine on Healthcare Facilities and ADA Compliance

Posted on April 23rd, 2020

In the March/April edition of Medial Construction Design magazine, Janis Kent is quoted in an article titled Code Matters, the article covers navigating the road to resolve healthcare door accessibility and life safety threats.

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Blocking for Grab Bars – What is There to Know?

Posted on April 8th, 2020

Recently something has come to my attention, namely what are the requirements for blocking for grab bars? When I review drawings I typically see the bar location specified and then a graphic rectangle to show diagrammatically the extent of the backing. But I have rarely seen the size of the actual blocking or its specific location and attachment.

Restaurant, Bar, & Cafeteria Design Considerations

Posted on April 2nd, 2020

Janis Kent, Architect, FAIA, CASp © February, 2021 Some of the main issues for restaurant, bar, and cafeteria design have to do with circulation paths, accessible routes, and counters. This is in addition to parking, entries, and restrooms, of course, which are typical for all projects open to the public. The more these specific issues […]

toilet rooms in California restaurants

Toilet Rooms in California Restaurants & Other Food Facilities

Posted on January 5th, 2020

Any restaurant that has on-site food consumption, regardless of size, is required to have toilet rooms for the public and consumers. This article is based on the revised code effective January 1, 2019 and incorporates some of the earlier requirements.

Parking for Multi-Family Housing with Public Funding or Public Programs

Parking for Multi-Family Housing with Public Funding or Public Programs

Posted on September 13th, 2019

Parking for multi-family housing can be one of the more perplexing items for scoping. The easy part is, if you have one space per unit, then you need one accessible parking space per mobility feature dwelling unit which should be located as close as feasible to each of the mobility units. But how to determine the requirements in other situations is not laid out as clearly.