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Lodging Guest Rooms — A Quick Overview

Posted on July 28th, 2014

Janis Kent, Architect, CASp © July, 2014 Guest rooms in hotels, motels, and other short stay facilities can be quite complex with all of the requirements. There are one set of requirements for mobility rooms, another set of requirements for communication feature rooms, and even requirements for all of the rest of the guest rooms […]

Refrigerators — What You Need To Know

Posted on May 20th, 2014

Janis Kent, Architect, CASp © May, 2014 A question comes up – just how far reaching is the ADA? Most of us understand it affects buildings. A number of us understand it affects our operating policies, such as allowing a service animal into all buildings including restaurants. A more enlightened group understands it even affects […]

Building Permits — Accessibility approved…or not?

Posted on April 29th, 2014

Janis Kent, Architect, CASp © April, 2014 Many owners, developers, architects, and other design professionals have the common belief that if they have a building permit or a certificate of occupancy then all requirements for accessibility have been met, both for the local jurisdiction as well as ADA. Not. When a building official provides approval […]

Parking – To comply or not to comply

Posted on March 18th, 2014

Janis Kent, Architect, CASp © January, 2014 Everyone complains about the increase in litigation and threat to sue that has been going on, but in reality are we as accessible as we should be? Many items are relatively easy to fix…that is if we know there is a problem. For many not planning or doing […]

Doors – Power Assist and Low Energy

Posted on January 29th, 2014

Pedestrian doors and gates come in many varieties whether – sliding, swinging, or folding and whether manual at one side of the spectrum to fully Power Operated at the other side. In between, we have Power Assist and Low Energy doors. It is these latter two types which have generated confusion and which we will look at including the signage requirements.

Holidays And Accessibility

Posted on December 15th, 2013

Janis Kent, Architect, CASp © December, 2013 No matter what the holidays are, decorations are part of the celebration. So, since the decorations are temporary, I do not need to worry about access, correct? The answer to that question is no. One needs to be very careful not to block off access whether it is […]

Seating at Tables and Desks – How Much Space Do I Need?

Posted on October 15th, 2013

Janis Kent, Architect, CASp © September, 2013 You are working on seating arrangements and the question is – how much space is necessary at a table or desk for the accessible space. The answer, of course is, it depends. Basically there is one spatial requirement if a wheelchair space is backing up to an accessible […]

Mail Boxes – So How High Should They Be?

Posted on September 12th, 2013

Janis Kent, Architect, CASp © September, 2013 Different regulations have varying requirements for installation of mailboxes. The US Postal Services also has a maximum height requirement but this is not in reference to Accessibility features. In order to determine installation requirements you will need to know which regulations need to be adhered to. In Residential […]

The Accessible Restroom Compartment – A Room Within A Room

Posted on August 6th, 2013

Restrooms are one of the more difficult rooms to design having numerous specific requirements, similar to fitting pieces together of a large jig-saw puzzle. Solve one requirement and it is likely a new dimensional issue may arise. When we are talking about minimizing space as much as possible it adds another layer of complexity. I will just address the accessible toilet stall within a multi-accommodation toilet room and what needs to be included for new construction or alteration.

Locks, Keys, & Hardware

Posted on July 9th, 2013

A good percentage of all doors and gates have some form of locking device other than a latch. Americans with Disabilities Act Standards (ADAS) basically includes locks within the hardware section stating it should be located between 34” and 48 “ above the finished floor or ground. California on the other hand allows a maximum […]

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