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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.

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. 

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Counters and Work Surfaces for Sales/Service and Dining/Bar — What Is Required?

Posted on July 23rd, 2019

Discussion has come up of what is allowed or required for a bar or dining surface and how does this differ from a sales or service counter. Many times these two requirements are confused with each other. Some of the main questions are, what is required if there is a split-height counter and what about the required clear floor space.

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The Van Accessible Parking Space – What Does It Need?

Posted on May 29th, 2019

The technical requirements for parking are straight-forward, yet according to annual statistics provided by the California Commission on Disability Access (CCDA), items related to parking make up 5 of the top 10 accessibility related lawsuits in the state.

what makes a closet accessible?

Closet Space – What Is Required for Access?

Posted on April 9th, 2019

Closet space, whether common shared storage for employees, or within mobility feature guest rooms in hotels, student housing, or public dwelling units, needs to be accessible under the ADA.

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Social Service Center Establishments – What Are They?

Posted on March 20th, 2019

I have received a number of questions on how to treat multi-family residential facilities that also have offices and other services, and whether these are considered multi-use facilities. And of course the answer is – it depends.