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Readily Achievable Barrier Removal

Posted on August 6th, 2012

There is a common misconception – because a building is old, one is ‘grandfathered in’ so nothing needs to be done to make it accessible. This is not true. Building and business owners are indeed obligated to make places of public accommodation more accessible. In fact there is a federal tax incentive that has been […]

The Existing Swimming Pool Dilemma

Posted on May 3rd, 2012

The new 2010 ADAS has caused much confusion with swimming pool access for facility people and building owners in existing facilities. Although it has been in the Guidelines since 2004 the confusion appears to stem from what is considered Readily Achievable for this specific element for places of public accommodation. The Department of Justice (DOJ) […]

Carpets and Area Rugs

Posted on January 25th, 2012

You want your lobby, waiting room, or seating area to have a more residential or intimate feel to the space. So you place a lovely area rug on top of the wall-to-wall carpet or hard surfaced floor. No problem, right? Well, yes there is. The issue is, that even though the size is much larger […]

Parking Access Aisles

Posted on January 25th, 2012

Your facility is having a special event in front of the building and you want to display merchandise with refreshments right outside the entry so everyone coming in can participate. Since this is only a one day or weekend event it’s okay to use all of that extra space in front including the accessible stall’s […]

Queueing

Posted on January 25th, 2012

You are expecting crowds to line up due to a sale, so you get out the speed rails and place them on the sidewalk to better organize people while waiting to get in. Rather than have the line as a single queue you arrange it to have several switchbacks. You measured it off and are […]

Restrooms for Restaurants in California

Posted on January 25th, 2012

Do you have an older restaurant, coffee shop, cafe, or snack bar located in California and are wondering what to do about the restroom(s)? There are several things you should be aware of. There were no requirements for restrooms for your patrons if the building was constructed before January 1, 2004 and it is less […]

Walk-Off Mats

Posted on January 25th, 2012

It’s raining out and as business owners, what is one of the first things we do? The walk-off mats come out of the wood-work and get placed right at the store, restaurant, or office lobby entries. It is part of our linen service so what could be wrong with that? And since the floor gets […]

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