Commercial Construction & Renovation

MAY-JUN 2017

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ACCESSIBILITY SPOTLIGHT 4 steps to accessibility While it can be overwhelming, accessibil- ity can be reached. The key is being proactive with scheduling and planning. Barriers don't all have to be removed to- morrow. But you have to know what your bar- riers are and have a plan for how to remove them on your own schedule. That way, you'll get to spend your money the way you want to spend it – not the way a defendant and the Department of Justice will require if you're hit with a lawsuit. For example, we had a client who had 500-plus locations across the nation get a com- plaint about two parking spaces at one of their locations. When the Department of Justice came knocking on their door, they were forced to bring all of their facilities into 100 percent compliance within a three-year period. Because they were forced to be reactive, they spent a lot of money bringing everything into compliance in the short timeframe the government required, rather than getting to plan and budget for themselves. We strongly recommend businesses be proactive about ADA compliance. It's really pretty simple if you follow the following four steps with a licensed architect specializing in the ADA: If you just take one step at a time and make consistent efforts to follow your plan, you'll achieve compliance. Not only will this greatly decrease your chance of litigation, but you'll find your customer base will grow. Accessible design serves all customers better. Friends and family of individuals with disabilities will be loyal to your business. Others will notice it feels more open and comfortable to be in your facility. This program takes time, but it's worth the effort. Just stick with it. You can do it. Trying to meet all the requirements in the 2010 ADA Standards can be convoluted and confusing. Because of the vagueness in some of the wording, business owners often are left guessing at the interpretation. Add in the cost to remove barriers and it can seem insurmountable. Accessibility Compliance Process 1. Survey facilities in logical batches in order to discover the issues. 2. Determine how to solve the issues and prepare an Access Plan to help manage the program within your schedule and budget. 3. Implement the design solutions according the Access Plan. 4. Verify that the solutions were implemented correctly. 1. Survey 2. Access Plan 3. Solution Set Construction 4. Verify 183 MCINTOSHTRANSFORMS.COM MAY/JUNE 2017 ISSUE 1 COMMERCIAL TRANSFORMATIONS

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