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Path of Travel Considerations – for the Deaf Community & Others

Posted on September 8th, 2016

  Janis Kent, Architect, FAIA, CASp © September, 2016 One of the things we learn as designers and architects is how to organize, design, and incorporate way-finding thru axis and focal points. We learn about the more formal architecture with its linear and direct arrangements of space versus the informal with its cluster arrangements and less direct connections. […]

The Doorbell – Transient Lodging & Dwelling Units

Posted on July 21st, 2016

  Janis Kent, Architect, FAIA, CASp © July, 2016 Doorbells have a variety of requirements with the implementation of the 2010 ADA Standards. This would be within communication feature units both for transient lodging guest rooms as well as for dwelling units. These features are for people who are deaf or hard of hearing, and […]

Storage – An Overview

Posted on June 9th, 2016

  Janis Kent, Architect, FAIA, CASp © January, 2016 For some reason, storage requirements appear to be confusing for most people – either accessible storage is forgotten completely or adequate accessible storage is not provided. And there also are some ambiguous portions in the ADA which really do need to be better defined. Like most other […]

Pool Lifts – How to get in, out, up, and down

Posted on April 29th, 2016

  Janis Kent, Architect, FAIA, CASp ©April 2016 Pool lifts have very specific requirements which many times have been overlooked – from the mechanism itself to the level clear floor space adjacent to the water edge. Lifts are typically required for both pools and spas, although there are other alternative means of entry into the […]

The Gray Areas – What to do when you hit on one in the Access codes or ADA?

Posted on March 24th, 2016

Janis Kent, Architect, FAIA, CASp © March 2016 While the ADA Standards for Accessible Design (ADAS) have a tremendous amount of information, they can not cover all specific items and occurrences…hence the gray areas. Presuming you have verified the Scoping Requirements in Chapter 2 which provides information on whether it applies to your specific facility, […]

Transient Lodging – Things to look out for

Posted on February 17th, 2016

Aside from all of the scoping and technical information one is required to implement into transient lodging guest rooms, there are a number of other items to be aware of that may not be as clearly defined.

Tolerances – Just how tolerant should you be?

Posted on January 11th, 2016

Acceptable tolerances are one of the major questions for built projects. No matter how carefully we delineate drawings or how well facilities are built, there always seems to be something that comes up that is not per plan or design. So after it is built, the question often is, a tolerance of ¼” or a tenth of a percent, for instance, is it acceptable? The answer is, of course – it depends.

Clear Floor Spaces – Are they Really Clear?

Posted on December 5th, 2015

There are certain things in Access that at first and even second glance, appear to be clear. But many of the simple things are not as intuitive as you might imagine, particularly if you are not a wheelchair user. Clear floor spaces, for instance.

What is Not Transient Lodging – Alternatives & Access

Posted on September 14th, 2015

Aside from hotels, motels, and inns there are other types of vacation rentals that people use. Some fall under the definition of bed and breakfasts while others are considered short-term private rentals where people rent out their homes, or rooms within their homes whether thru an agent or thru online companies such as Airbnb.

College Housing – Dormitories, Residence Halls, and Apartments – What to comply with?

Posted on August 12th, 2015

With the 2010 ADA Standards, college housing, if operated by or on behalf of a place of education, is considered transient lodging even though the period of stay is over 30 days. What this means is, it is required to comply with the ADA Standards, and in California, Section 11B as well.

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