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Stepping Thru The Existing Building – Access Within & Without

June 28
9:30 am - 3:30 pm
California Endowmenmt
1000 Alameda St.
Los Angeles, CA 90012 United States
AIA Los Angeles

Learning Units: 5 Mandatory Continuing Education (MCE) Health|Safety|Welfare Units

The nature of our practice has changed with a higher proportion of renovation and re-use. Under the ADA Standards there are differing requirements for new construction versus alteration. Since these are federal laws local public agencies can only offer limited direction. We will review criteria for existing facilities in regard to scoping to acquire a better sense of the implications of the law and how it applies as well as cover a range of concepts such as Program Accessibility vs Barrier Removal, Proportional Spending, Safe Harbor, and Path of Travel obligations.

An in-depth review for implementing ADAS on existing projects whether or not construction is actually scheduled – in- cluding alteration requirements for public facilities and places of public accommodation from Program Accessibility to Barrier Removal


  • Understand differences between Public Facilities and Places of Public Accommodation.
  • Review the distinctions between Program Accessibility vs Barrier Removal and their impact.
  • Learn about Proportional Spending and Disproportionality with its application to Path of Travel requirements.
  • Overview Safe Harbor and when it can or can not be applied to existing elements.


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