How do you measure the 70% contrast for detectable warnings?, Do exits have to be connected al the way to the public way? Does a townhome building with 3 units have to comply with 11A?, Can have 1 accessible shower with 2 non-accessible showers in an existing long-term health care facility?, Where do you measure the 19″ A.F.F. toilet paper dispenser outlet at a toilet?, Do altered stairways with no accessible route have to comply with section 504?
Questions answered this episode:
John -I have been asked by a city to inspect several city-owned sites (all Title 2). They want to make sure all the existing detectable warnings are code compliant. However, they are specifically asking me to verify 70%contrast, where required per 11B-705.1.1.3.2. Is this done with a light meter?
Raj- Hi Paul and Mark, this is Rajesh (u can call me raj). I am a plans examiner & CASp certified. I really appreciate and love the ADA shop talk.
Question 1; For a new building built in the State of California, does CBC require all required ground floor exits to be connected by an accessible route all the way to the public way [Exit discharge – CBC Chapter 10]? My understanding is that required entrances serving all programs and facilities shall be on an accessible route complying with 11B-402 per CBC 11B-206.4 and all other exterior ground floor exits shall only comply with CBC 11B-404 [door/gate requirements] per CBC 11B-206.4.1.Want to know your opinion.
Question 2; does privately funded townhouses with legal property lines between the units and constructed as a single building structure with 3 units require complying with Chapter 11A [ Note: [no common use area, but has HOA fees]? Can you please reference the code section of CBC Chapter 11A that might address this scoping? 2013 California Residential Code section R320 does mention dwelling units in building with 3 or more shall meet requirements of CBC Chapter 11A. I know FHA act state townhouse are covered for a residential structure with four or more multi-family dwelling units. Can you clarify the discrepancy?
Roger – Working with a long term mental health facility in California, it’s Title III – owned and operated by a private entity. They currently have a shower room with three shower stalls none of which is accessible. They would like to make 1 shower accessible and keep 2 regular shower stalls. Looking at CBC 11B-213.2.1 Unisex bathing rooms shall contain one shower or one shower and one bathtub, one lavatory, and one water closet. Doors to unisex toilet rooms and unisex bathing rooms shall have privacy latches and 11B-213.2.3 Unisex (Patient) Bathing Rooms in Medical Care and Long-Term Care Facilities. Common-use unisex bathing rooms for exclusive patient use not located within patient bedrooms shall contain one shower or one bathtub, one lavatory, and one water closet. I A have a couple of questions:I A have a couple of questions: 1) Can there be multiple shower stalls in one room? 2) Must the shower room have a toilet and a lavatory? Note this is a mental health facility and patients have limited access to the shower room (supervised by staff)
Victor- I was wondering if you could take a look at the image of a toilet paper dispenser and let me know let me know if it is something that you would write up. Since the bottom of the dispenser needs to be a minimum of 19″ off the ground, the top roll fits the requirement while the other one is at 17″. Is this something you would call or is the requirement fulfilled because of the second roll? Please let me know your thoughts.
Antonio – Pre 1991 Public Accommodation, Existing None Compliant Stairway with open risers.
11B-210.1 staes: In alterations, stairs between levels that are connected by an accessible route shall not be required to comply with 11B-504 (Stairways), except that striping complying with 11B-504.4.1(Contrasting Stripe) and handrails complying with 11B-505 (Handrails) shall be provided when the stairs are altered.
Does this mean that stairs that are altered and NOT connected by an accessible route are required to comply with ALL of the stairway requirements in 11B-504?
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DSA Access Code Development – Stakeholder Forum on Nov. 2 at 1:30 p.m.
Please join us for a public meeting as the Division of the State Architect (DSA) presents initial drafts of proposed code amendments to the accessibility provisions of the California Building Standards codes and solicits public input regarding these items. DSA will present proposed code amendments (originally presented on October 20) for additional comment and feedback from all stakeholders. There are no revisions to the proposals and no additional amendments were added to the proposal package. The agenda and supporting documents for this meeting are available on DSA’s Access 2016 webpage.
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This session will focus on untangling the web of laws that address access to housing, including the Architectural Barriers Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Fair Housing Act, and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act. Presenters will engage in a more “advanced” level discussion of how the design requirements of these laws apply and review requirements in the ADA and ABA Accessibility Guidelines for residential dwelling units. Participants interested in this session are encouraged to review archived sessions on this topic for a review of the basic provisions.
Fair Housing Accessibility First Design And Construction Training, Visalia, CA, November 15, 2016, 8:00 AM to 4:15 PM – Free
Accessibility Professionals Association (APA) Annual Conference & Expo – Feb 1-3, 2017 in Round Rock, TX – near Austin More Info Here
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