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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Multi-family Housing and Accessibility

by EVstudio AEP March 28, 2019
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The Fair Housing Act requires housing equality in terms of accessibility. This was passed in 1988. Three years later construction guidelines where published for builders and architects to follow. In general there are 7 requirements that must be followed. Those 7 key areas are: 1. […]

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The ADA, ICC/ANSI A117.1 and Kitchen Sinks in Break Rooms

by EVstudio AEP March 22, 2019

Building codes and guidelines are always full of exceptions and variations on a theme and the Americans with Disabilities Act is no different. The ADA was first created in 1990. It is designed to protect against discrimination based on disability. The act has five titles […]

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Fastening to Concrete – Wedge Style Expansion Anchors

by evstudio March 27, 2018

There are many situations were it may become necessary to attach a timber ledger to a concrete wall. It is desirable in many new homes to lower the elevation of the finished floor to make a home more wheel chair accessible. An example of the […]

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Accessible Window Designs for Apartments for IBC and Fair Housing

by EVstudio AEP December 14, 2017

Looking for accessible windows for an IBC / ANSI Type A units?   I may have found some answers.   Looking for ADA compliant windows?  ADA also has very similar requirements to ANSI for operable parts and many of the websites below mention ADA compliance. Challenge: ANSI […]

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Why does a Range Matter in My Break Room or Kitchenette?

by EVstudio AEP November 14, 2017
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Most jurisdictions in the US use the IBC which references ANSI 117.1 for specific accessibility standards.  (It is also interesting to note that the IBC simply references ANSI 117.1, not a particular year in Chapter 11.  You actually need to go to the index in the […]

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Apartments – ADA, FHA, ANSI, Title 9 and the IBC

by EVstudio AEP April 27, 2017

When working on Apartment buildings we as Architects are responsible for accommodating a large cross section of the population. Being in the public realm also means that there is quite a complex web of regulation that applies to the site, common spaces and the units […]

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Implementation Date for 2010 ADA Standards

by Sean O'Hara, AIA, LEED AP November 30, 2016

We’ve begun to see the 2010 ADA (American’s with Disabilities Act) Standards brought up on new construction projects. Like many codes the date in the title is not necessarily the date where it begins to apply. Given that commercial projects tend to takes month and […]

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Pucks For Possibilities 2015 a Huge Success

by Dean Dalvit, AIA, PE March 12, 2015
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EVstudio has been supporting the HBA Foundation Pucks for Possibilities for a few years now, and this year’s event has been a tremendous success. The event includes a hockey game between HBA Contractors and HBA vendors at the Pepsi Center, then a cocktail hour at […]

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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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2010 ADA Standards for Accessible Design

by Dean Dalvit, AIA, PE January 16, 2011

The 2010 ADA Standards for Accessible Design are now available online On Friday, July 23, 2010, Attorney General Eric Holder signed final regulations revising the Department’s ADA regulations, including its ADA Standards for Accessible Design. The official text was published in the Federal Register on […]

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Accessibility for Children

by EVstudio AEP July 18, 2010

A close look at ADA and ANSI reveals valuable flexibility in the code for catering to the needs of children. With a new project on the boards that includes a children’s daycare and play area I pulled out my copy of the ADAAG (Americans with Disabilities Act Accessibility Guide) and ANSI 117.1-2003 (as called by the IBC (International Building Code)) and searched for adjustments in the code that take into consideration the specific needs of children.

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