CASI 2017 Summer Seminar

 

If you are licensed in the State of California, this is a great opportunity!  Earn 5 AIA LU/HSW Credits for this seminar on Accessibility Requirements for Large Assembly Facilities in California (click link to view more info and registration).

This one webinar could fulfill your annual requirements for license renewal!

 

 

Aging, Accessibility, and…Bathrooms?

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According to the United Nations Population Fund, one in eight people in the world is age 60 or older—and the number is steadily growing. The significance of this overall aging of the population is reflected in bathroom remodeling trends reported by the AIA’s Home Trends Survey for the fourth quarter of 2016. Based on responses from more than 500 residential architecture firms, the survey indicates that accessibility is the primary concern when it comes to remodeling bathrooms. Thinking about their future needs, homeowners are choosing to spend money on making their bathrooms more accessible and easier to use.

                   

Design for aging-in-place considers the importance of maintaining personal independence within
the built environment, while addressing changing functional needs. Simple bathroom features like door-less or no threshold showers have become a design trend—not just an accommodation for the elderly and those with mobility difficulties to enter or exit the shower compartment without assistance.

In addition to making houses more usable for an older population, designing so that homeowners can stay in their homes as they age contributes to the longevity of a house. Given the increasing concern about sustainability and the Green movement in architecture, design professionals are now recognizing the value of incorporating accessibility features into design projects.

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

 

Braitmayer elected as Chair, US Access Board

Seattle, WA (March 20, 2013) – Architect Karen Braitmayer was unanimously elected Chair of the United States Access Board at the March 13 meeting in Washington, DC. President Barack Obama appointed Braitmayer to the Board in 2010. The Access Board is an independent Federal agency devoted to accessibility for people with disabilities.

“I’m honored to be elected Chair and look forward to working with this talented Board to increase accessibility in our communities for all citizens,” says Braitmayer.

Braitmayer is the founder of Karen Braitmayer, FAIA, Seattle, WA, an architectural consulting firm specializing in accessibility and accessible design.  She advises state agencies, local governments, school districts, developers and architects on accessibility for housing, commercial, retail, institutional and educational projects. She is a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects, and served on the Advisory Board of the Northwest ADA Center and on the Board of the Northwest Center (for people with Developmental Disabilities). Braitmayer received a BA from Rice University and a Master of Architecture from the University of Houston.

Previously, Braitmayer served as Vice Chair of the Access Board and succeeds past Chair, Susan Brita, Deputy Administrator for the US General Services Administration, who will now serve as Vice Chair. Board members serve four-year terms and officers serve one-year terms.

Created in 1973, the Access Board ensures access to federally funded facilities and is a leading source of information on accessible design.  The Board develops and maintains design criteria for the built environment, transit vehicles, telecommunications equipment, and for electronic and information technology.  The Board provides technical assistance and training on these requirements, accessible design and enforces accessibility standards that cover federally funded facilities. To learn more, visit www.access-board.gov.