Commercial Construction & Renovation

MAY-JUN 2017

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Commercial Transformations is published by The McIntosh Group, copyright 2017 All rights reserved For more information, contact Karen MacCannell KarenM@McIntoshTransforms.com 918-585-8555 www.mcintoshtransforms.com pg 172 'Inside, we're all the same' How the 'Ms. Wheelchair Oklahoma' impacted one accessibility team member pg 173 Get in the know Five practical tips on the ADA pg 178 Clearing a path Addressing experiential access pg 182 AskBrad If you have questions, we have answers. AskBrad is an ADA Q&A designed to be your resource for Title III ADA questions. pg 183 Accessibility Spotlight: 4 steps to accessibility PUBLISHER LETTER Dear Reader, Today it's easy to call yourself an "expert" on anything if you start a website and produce blog posts. Online self-publishing has great benefits, but it also makes it difficult for readers to filter the credible from the misinformed. We've been approached by many retailers looking to re-do their Accessibility Programs because they trusted a company that was not able to deliver. We hope when hiring an ADA consultant, you consider the following: 1. Are they qualified? Do the consultants have a construction, architecture/engineering background? Have they been certified by the ICC to perform ADA surveys? Were they trained by ADA experts in the field? 2. Do they outsource any work to consultants? Make sure what you see is what you get. 3. How do they develop their checklist? You're looking for an extensive, comprehensive checklist that's based on the "2010 Standards for Accessible Design." 4. Do they understand that the ADA is a civil rights law, not a building code? Indirect consequences matter. The ADA begins with, "No individual shall be discriminated against on the basis of disability…" You need someone who is able to read between the lines, not just follow a building code. 5. Are they a full-service architecture firm? A full-service firm can provide construction documents for your general contractor to make the fix, and then go back and certify the barrier removal and ADA compliance. CONTENTS ISSUE 1, 2017 In the meantime, even if you don't currently have an ADA program, I hope this publication helps you learn some common concerns about the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and shows you tangible ways to make your facility more accessible for all your customers. Sincerely, Brad Gaskins, AIA, NCARB, CASp Principal at The McIntosh Group Brad Gaskins, AIA, NCARB, CASp Publisher The McIntosh Group, LLC Editor Allison Broyles Managing Editor Michael J. Pallerino Art Direction Brent Cashman Editorial & Design by: F&J Publishing 678-765-6550 Building the trust factor 171 MCINTOSHTRANSFORMS.COM MAY/JUNE 2017 ISSUE 1 COMMERCIAL TRANSFORMATIONS

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