US Access Board Animations

 

Have you checked out the animations on the US Access Board website?  These are excellent visual tools to explain the ADA Standards!

Wheelchair Maneuvering – Captioned

Maneuvering at Doors – Captioned

Accessible Toilet Rooms – Captioned

Accessible Bathing Facilities – Captioned

Protruding Objects – Captioned

Parking and Passenger Loading Zones – Captioned

Signs – Captioned

 

Reminder: Update your code books!

Washington State adopted the 2015 edition of the International Building Code (IBC) on July 1, 2016 and the City of Seattle is scheduled to adopt the changes in January 2017. Both will still reference the 2009 edition of the ICC A117.1.

The State of Oregon has determined that the 2015 IBC serves as an effective Statewide Alternate Method to the 2014 Oregon Structural Specialty Code (OSSC). Publication can be found at: https://www.oregon.gov/bcd/codes-stand/Documents/sam-16-01-2015ibc.pdf

For your convenience, here is a link to the ICC Store where you can order the publications you need: http://shop.iccsafe.org

 

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Let’s meet up!

I’ll be speaking in various locations across the country in the next few months.  Let me know if you want to connect for a cup of coffee/tea if I’m in your neighborhood.

Karen will be presenting at the following conferences:

Dwell on Design 2014, Los Angelos, CA – June 21, 2014

AIA National Convention 2014, Chicago, IL – June 27, 2014 – FR 304 “Why Are ADA Compliant Toilet, Bathing, Dressing and Locker Rooms So Tricky?”

ABX 2014, Boston, MA – October 28, 2014

Online Guide to ADA & ABA Standards published by US Access Board

This is such great news for Architects and designers that I just had to share the announcement as written by USAB.online-guides

The U.S. Access Board has launched new online guides on the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Accessibility Standards and the Architectural Barriers Act (ABA) Accessibility Standards. This web-based material features illustrated technical guides that explain and clarify requirements of the ADA and ABA standards, answer common questions, and offer best practice recommendations. It also includes a series of animations on various subjects covered by the standards.

“The Board is very excited to offer this series of technical guides and animations to help users understand the requirements of the ADA and ABA Standards and how they can be met,” states Access Board Member Michael Graves, FAIA. “As a practicing architect, I know from experience how valuable this type of guidance is in following the standards and ensuring accessibility.”

The initial installment of the guide covers the first three chapters of the standards, including application and use of the standards (Chapter 1), scoping in new construction, alterations, and additions (Chapter 2), and basic “building block” technical provisions (Chapter 3). Guides covering other sections of the standards will be released at a later date. The supplementary animations, which range in length from 6 to 10 minutes, address wheelchair maneuvering, doors and entrances, and accessible toilet and bathing facilities.

“These new resources not only explain requirements in the standards but also demonstrate their rationale,” notes Graves. “Knowing the ‘whys’ behind various provisions is key to understanding what accessibility means and how best to achieve it.”

The Guide to the ADA Standards covers design requirements that apply to places of public accommodation, commercial facilities, and state and local government facilities subject to the ADA in new construction, alterations, and additions. The Guide to the ABA Standards addresses similar standards that apply under the ABA to facilities that are designed, constructed, altered, or leased with federal funds.

Future installments to the guides will be published as they become available. Users can sign-up to receive email updates on the release of new technical guides in the series.