Commercial Construction & Renovation

MAY-JUN 2017

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Brad Gaskins, AIA, CASp is a partner at The McIntosh Group and a leading expert on ac- cessibility and Title III ADA Standards. He also is a continuing education provider and regularly leads presentations, seminars and webinars for professional groups regarding accessibility nationwide. swing of doors, and always keep accessible signs visible. The ADA can be difficult to understand because of the many interpretations and phras- ings that seem unclear. To make matters worse, you can think you are in "compliance" with the Standards, but still be in violation because you did not understand the intent of the law. Our recommendation is to always use this rule of thumb: If an individual without a disability can do it in your facility, you must make sure a per- son with a disability can have a similar experience in as independent a manner as possible. understand what you need to plan for. Certain elements have more of a lawsuit risk than oth- ers – particularly accessible parking. Make sure your parking lots and accessible parking spaces won't make you a target. (Section 208). Train your staff Facilities can go from compliant to non-compli- ant quickly when the staff inside doesn't understand why things are placed where they are. Help them understand that you don't move trash cans to block the opening No. 5 177 MCINTOSHTRANSFORMS.COM MAY/JUNE 2017 ISSUE 1 COMMERCIAL TRANSFORMATIONS

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