Alterations, Restoration and Accessibility in Historic Buildings – IBC

by Sean O'Hara, AIA, LEED AP July 26, 2019

The 2006 International Building Code addresses how the code relates to modifications of historic buildings. The IBC states that “The provisions of this code relating to the construction, repair, alteration, addition, restoration and movement of structures, and change of occupancy shall not be mandatory for […]

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Required Number of Accessible Parking Spaces

by Sean O'Hara, AIA, LEED AP March 29, 2019

The ADA Standards for Accessible Design establishes the minimum number of accessible parking spaces. The International Building Code requirements are very similar. They do this by looking at the amount of parking provided for a building and establishing the required total. With the ADA the […]

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How To Make Your House More Accessible

by Sean O'Hara, AIA, LEED AP October 21, 2015

A common request with our custom home designs is to make a design that is accessible, especially for a person in a wheelchair or other limited mobility. Clients may be elderly or they have elderly family members or disabled family members who may need a […]

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The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Accessible Path of Travel in Remodels

by Sean O'Hara, AIA, LEED AP May 17, 2012

The American’s with Disabilities Act (ADA) requires an accessible path of travel in new construction and additions. When we’re talking about remodels, there is a cost threshold below which you are required to put in an accessible path. First, you have to be making an […]

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ADA Standards for Accessible Design – ADA Design Manual 1994

by Sean O'Hara, AIA, LEED AP November 16, 2008

The ADA Standards for Accessible Design is available as a PDF online. This is the manual that you use when people refer to the ADA in an architectural or construction setting. Basically all new construction commercial facilities and areas that are altered on added to […]

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