Join Paul & Mark for Accessibility updates and happenings, the latest educational classes and several listener questions. No show next week…….. we will be back January 3rd…….Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!
Questions answered this episode:
Yuri – When checking existing exterior/interior Floor Levels (ie. 2% cross, 5% running, 2% all landings, etc.) what size (length) level is one to use? Is a 48″ level acceptable? or should a 24″ level be used?
Hipo -Hey guy’s I just want to say keep up the great work of providing your listeners and the ADA community with all of this free information and the wonderful insight you both unselfishly share with us each week. As a code junky, I find myself looking forward to Tuesday’s latest edition of ADA Shop Talk’s podcast and the interesting questions from the audience. My question is about the unreasonable hardship application process. Can you please walk the listeners through the application process and what specific or important factors you look for in order to approve or deny an unreasonable hardship application? This is the situation I have. I am working on a publicly funded apartment complex built in 1992 and am using CBC-11B. The CBC requires that parking facilities of all types for multi-family dwellings be made available. For this project, it would require that at least one of the accessible spaces to be covered. The existing carports have two issues that prevent them from becoming compliant covered accessible parking space. The first issue is the height of the existing carport is less than the required 8′-2”, and the second issue is the width between posts is 10′-0” or less, which is significantly less than the required 17′-0” for a parking space and access aisle. In order to provide an accessible covered parking stall, a new carport would need to be constructed, which is not currently in the applicant’s project scope or budget. The applicants have proposed constructing a new van accessible space and curb ramp, where one did not previously exist, plus two accessible spaces adjacent to the accessible units. What is your opinion of their proposal in providing an uncovered van and accessible parking spaces? Thanks in advance!
Gabriella – I hope you are well, and having a nice holiday season. Since I have been back from the CalCasp Academy in September, I am doing so many internal reviews of our properties. I had a question for you, at our parks we have installed electronic pay stations for our parking lots. Our park does not charge for Disabled parking, so do we need to make the pay station accessible or since they are not required to pay, does that exempt us from creating a path and clear space in front of the pay station? Let me know what you think about that, and feel free to call me (office number below) If you need more information or clarification.
Andrew -I had someone ask me about R320.1 and whether it means 11A applies to Townhouses with three or more units. I don’t see any other purpose for this section since that would be the only type of building covered by the CRC able to have more than 3 Dwellings per building. However, I noticed in the Code Adoption Matrix section R320.1 is adopted by HCD, but not HCD-1AC. Do you think this is just an oversight? Also, do you think it is any less enforceable if not adopted by HCD -1AC?
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News, Updates & Trainings
U.S. Access Board Webinar: Question and Answer Session on the ADA and ABA Standards (January 5) The next webinar in the U.S. Access Board’s free monthly series will take place January 5 from 2:30 – 4:00 (ET) and will feature an open question and answer session on accessibility standards issued under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Architectural Barriers Act (ABA) for buildings and facilities. Presenters will field questions from attendees on the ADA and ABA standards, including their scope and application and specific requirements for building elements and spaces. For more information or to register, visit www.accessibilityonline.org. 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. Summary of 2016 California Building Code Changes for Accessibility. To help navigate the accessibility provisions of the 2016 California Building Code (California Code of Regulations, Title 24) that are effective Jan. 1, 2017, the Division of the State Architect (DSA) compiled a summary of the changes.
CASI | Code Discussion Group Meeting | Wednesday, December 21 – TOMORROW The next code discussion group meeting held at the Division of the State Architect (DSA) Headquarters Office is tomorrow, Wednesday, December 21 from 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM. For those attending in person, the address is: DSA Headquarters
1102 Q Street, Suite 5100 Sacramento, CA 95811 For those attending virtually, the call-in number is: Line: 888-204-5984, Participant code: 8458753
DSA Summary of 2016 California Building Code Changes for Accessibility provides a brief overview of the changes to definitions (Chapter 2) and accessibility provisions (Chapter 11B) and includes new scoping and technical provisions specific to electric vehicle charging stations. This document and related accessibility publications are located on DSA’s Access Materials web page. Please direct any questions to Ida Clair, Principal Architect at (916) 322-2490 or Ida.firstname.lastname@example.org.
DSA Announced the Project Type for the Feb. 2017 Open Book CASp Exam The project type for the open book portion of the Certified Access Specialist (CASp) examination on Feb. 8, 2017, is the new construction of a public housing facility for individuals 55 and older. A List of Reference Materials is available. Details on the next CASp examination are as follows: Feb. 8, 2017 — Oakland and Los Angeles (Hawthorne). Open Book — Check in begins at 7:30 a.m. Closed Book — Check in begins at 12:30 p.m. Registration closes on Jan. 9, 2017. Additional Exams The following exam dates and locations are tentative and not yet available for registration: June 28, 2017: Sacramento and Riverside October 11, 2017: Oakland and Anaheim
CalCasp Academy Dates Confirmed for April 3rd. 4th. 5th & 6th 2017 in Sacramento. (Registration will open in January)
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