In this episode, we answer several good questions from our listeners, provide a few accessibility updates and training opportunities. This weeks ADA Product Spotlight of the Week was provided by one our listeners. Thank you Jun Katagiri for sharing this with us and our listeners.
Questions answered this episode:
John – I am working on a 40,000 square foot Buy Buy Baby located within a shopping center. There is a 910 square foot employee mezzanine that is not for customer use. The building official is requiring an elevator to the employee only mezzanine level. I argued that it qualifies for the elevator exception in 11B-206.2.3 exception 1.2. However, the building official is saying that I do not qualify since my building is located within a shopping center. First, do I really need an elevator? and Second, what recourse does someone have if they believe a building department code interpretation to be incorrect? Can we appeal to the DSA?
Roger – A CA city is planning to remodel the Public Works office. Currently, there is 1 accessible main entrance and a non-accessible side entrance. Restrooms are down a flight of non-compliant stairs and the restrooms are not accessible. The total budget for the project (including FF&E) is $50 K. They do not have an ADA transition plan. In planning the remodel, it seems that they should plan to spend a minimum of 20% of the budget to make both entrances accessible and to make improvements in the restrooms. However, it would appear they also will ultimately have to add an elevator or lift to get to the restrooms. Note the general public does come to this office to meet with staff. – Your thoughts on this would be helpful
Judy – CBC Section 11B-504.4.1 requires a 2″ – 4″ contrasting stripe to be installed on the tread of all risers for exterior stairs and the top and bottom risers for interior stairs. Can the riser be the same color as the contrasting stripe? See diagram below:
Dennis – Parallel Approach 11B-606.2 Exception 1 : The statement: “A parallel approach….shall be permitted to a kitchen sink in a space where a cook top or conventional range is not permitted….” – is the word “space” referring to the “clear floor space complying with Section 11B-305”, or does “space” refer to the entire space (or room) that the kitchen sink is located??? In other words, in a Break Room, if there is a cook top or conventional range ANYWHERE in the room, then a parallel approach is NOT permitted????, or as long as the cook top or conventional range is not in the CLEAR FLOOR SPACE, then a parallel approach IS allowed????
Dennis – Protruding Objects: Protrusion Limits 11B-307.2 : When is a Protruding Object (ie, protruding more than 4″ horizontally) NOT a protruding object??? For example, Protruding Objects are an issue in the POT to an Individual Accessible Shower Cubicle, but once you are in the cubicle, is a protruding object (ie, a towel rack) still an issue????
BTW, GREAT show!!!!!
ADA Product Spotlight of the Week: Oval Fire Products
ADA Now Fall 2016 Issue – Special Accessible Voting Issue Released Today adanow_accessible_voting
DOJ Settles with 30 Hop Restaurant and Bar in Iowa to Resolve Americans with Disabilities Act Violations
The Justice Department filed a proposed consent decree today with 30 Hop restaurant and bar in Coralville, Iowa, resolving claims that the establishment violated the new construction requirements of Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
The ADA requires newly constructed facilities to comply with the ADA Standards for Accessible Design. 30 Hop, which opened for business in 2014, is a newly constructed multi-story restaurant and bar with a rooftop patio. The department’s complaint alleges that 30 Hop does not provide an accessible route to the rooftop patio or lower level, has an inaccessible entrance, has no accessible dining tables and has inaccessible bathrooms.
“All newly constructed restaurants and bars must be readily accessible to and usable by individuals with disabilities,” said Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General Vanita Gupta, head of the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division. “We commend the owners of 30 Hop for cooperating with the Justice Department and for taking swift action to remedy the alleged ADA violations.”
Under the consent decree, which is subject to court approval, the owners of 30 Hop will, among other things, install an elevator between the ground floor and rooftop patio, install a platform lift between the ground floor and the lower level, provide accessible dining surfaces in each area of the restaurant and bar, provide closed risers on the staircase to the rooftop patio, increase the maneuvering clearance at the entrance door, bring the bathrooms into compliance with the ADA requirements for newly constructed facilities, pay a $17,500 civil penalty and pay $3,500 to compensate an individual with a disability who is not able to access the rooftop patio.
The agreement will last for two years. To learn more about the ADA, call the Justice Department’s toll-free ADA Information Line at 800-514-0301 or 800-514-0383 (TDD), or visit www.ada.gov. 30 Hop Complaint 30 Hop Consent Decree
CASp Code Discussion Group Call This Wednesday
The CASp Code Discussion Group will proceed as a teleconference this Wednesday, as usual. DSA will be unable to hold the WebEx portion, because their WebEx license is limited to 25 individuals. DSA is working to secure a license for a larger audience in the future. If you had planned to present a “pickle” via WebEx, please send it to Ida Clair via email Ida.Clair@dgs.ca.gov .
Time: 11:30 am – 12:30
Teleconference Info: 1.888.204.5984
In addition, Wednesday’s Discussion Group will only last an hour, as we have our Code Development Meeting beginning at 1:30. Please consider attending this meeting as well. Access information on the teleconference for the Access Code Development Meeting is available on our website accessed via this link: DSA Access 2016.
Access Code Development – Invitation to Sept. 21 Meeting
The California Division of the State Architect (DSA) will conduct a public meeting on September 21, 2016 from 1:30 pm to 4:00 pm at the DSA Headquarters Office located at 1102 Q Street, Suite 5100, Sacramento, CA 95811 in Conference Room B. This meeting will be available via video conference from all DSA regional offices.
DSA will present an updated list of potential code amendments to the accessibility provisions of the California Building Code and solicit public input regarding prioritization of these potential amendments. Upcoming DSA meetings will provide additional opportunities to participate in the code development process.
The agenda, meeting participation details, and suggested code amendments to be discussed at the September 21, 2016, Access Code Meeting are available the DSA Access 2016 webpage.
Please contact DSAcommunication@dgs.ca.gov with any questions about this information.
U.S. Access Board Webinar: Accessible Signage – A Refresher (October 6)
The next webinar in the U.S. Access Board’s free monthly series will take place October 6 from 2:30 – 4:00 (ET) and provide a refresher on requirements for signs in the ADA and ABA Accessibility Standards. The session will address visual access, tactile signs, required access symbols and other pictograms.
For more information or to register, visit www.accessibilityonline.org. Questions can be submitted in advance of the session (total limited to 25) or can be posed during the webinar. Webinar attendees can earn continuing education credits. The webinar series is hosted by the ADA National Network in cooperation with the Board. Archived copies of previous Board webinars are available on the site.
Accessibility Professionals Association (APA) Annual Conference & Expo – Feb 1-3, 2017 in Round Rock, TX – near Austin More Info Here
Early bird discount ends today for the CalCasp Academy September 26th thru 29th in Ontario, Ca. Register Here
DSA Has announced upcoming CASp classes:
September 13, 2016 – San Diego
October 4, 2016 – Los Angeles
September 14, 2016 – San Diego
October 5, 2016 – Los Angeles
September 15, 2016 – San Diego
September 26, 2016 – Palo Alto
October 6, 2016 – Los Angeles
September 16, 2016 – San Diego
September 28, 2016 – Palo Alto
October 7, 2016 – Los Angeles
If you have any questions or need assistance with DSA registration, please contact Larry Meade at Laurence.Meade@dgs.ca.gov.
AIA Central Valley
September 27th, 2016 / Accessibility Compliance – How to Avoid Costly Mistakes/ 5 HSW
Instructor: Bill Zellmer, AIA and special guest, Glenn Gall, AIA of OSHPD This seminar is an advanced-level class which will present a methodical analysis of Chapter 11B of the California Building Code through case studies of actual projects. This seminar will use pictures and floor plans to clarify the code requirements with an emphasis on how to avoid costly mistakes and possible legal action. TIME: Door opens at 8:30 am, class begins at 9 am and runs until approximately 2:30 pm. COST: AIA Members, $100 (+svc fee) Non-members $150 (+svc fee) Click Her for the flyer or AIACV Website
2016 CALBO Education Week South is October 24th – 27th 2016 in Ontario, Ca More info Here
2016 CALBO Education Week Orange County is November 7th – 10th 2016 in Anaheim, Ca More info Here
23rd Annual Mid-Atlantic ADA Update Conference
Wednesday, September 14 – Thursday, September 15 in Hilton Baltimore, 401 West Pratt Street, Baltimore, Maryland. The Mid-Atlantic ADA Update is the region’s leading conference on the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Event Info
Rocky Mountain ADA Center , DA Coordinator Mini-Camp – Salt Lake City, UT
September 20, 2016, @ 9:00 am – September 21, 2016, @ 5:00 pm, Hyatt Place Salt Lake City Airport, 52 Tommy Thompson Rd
Salt Lake City, UT 84116. Event Info
Great Lakes ADA Center – Criminal Justice and the ADA FREE Webinar
Wednesday, September 21, 2016, from 2:00 p.m. EST – 3:30 p.m. EST
Unfortunately, there are many people with disabilities in the criminal justice system. Back in 1998, the Supreme Court made clear in a case called Yeskey that the ADA applies to state prisons. This webinar will review how the ADA has been applied to law enforcement and the criminal justice system, including a discussion of recent litigation involving the segregation of people with mental illness in prisons. Illinois CLE certificate will be provided. Event Info.
ADA Coordinator Conference– Plano, Texas October, 18-19, 2016
This 2-day event will be held at the Capital One Regional Campus . The conference will offer a variety of sessions and feature speakers from the U.S.Department of Justice, EEOC, and other nationally recognized ADA experts. Registration is open to the public. In addition, ACTCP members will have an opportunity to obtain both foundation and elective level credits towards their program completion. Seating is very limited. Registration for this event is only $225 through Sep. 26th. Event Info
The 2016 ADA National Association of ADA Coordinators conference is October 17th – 20th 2016 in San Diego, California More info Here
The Next ADA Symposium is in Chicago, Illinois May 14th thru 17th 2017, Registration will open January 6, 2017
For more Education & Training Opportunites, please check the CORADA Calendar Here
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