Last week we went over five of the most important ADA building guidelines you need to adhere to when designing, constructing, or renovating a structure in order to prevent costly lawsuits and ensure that your patrons with disabilities receive the same level of service and care as the rest of your customers or clients. Below are the next five important ADA building guidelines that should be integrated into your projects:
- Signage – All signs (bathroom signs, room numbers, etc) need to have both letters and visual symbols to help those with disabilities. There must also be Braille translations on signs, and all characters must be uppercase.
- Lighting – While there are no guidelines for how much light must be used in a space, there are standards for the placement of mounted wall lights such sconces, lanterns, and other similar items. These must protrude no more than four inches into a walkway, hallway, or aisle so as not to impede persons with disabilities.
- Doors and hallways – The main focus of ADA building guidelines concerning doors and hallways is clearance, meaning how much space a person in a walker or wheelchair has to move, turn, and get around. A hallway or passageway must be at least 3 feet wide, and when turns are required, the width must be 48 inches. There must also be accessible doorways that provide a clearance width of at least 32 inches, while swinging doors must open at least 36 inches.
- Elevators – All elevators must have call buttons and keypads within clear reach of those in wheelchairs, and all buttons must be no small than three-quarters of an inch wide. Elevators must also offer both visual and audio signals for when they open, close, and arrive at floors.
- Floors – All flooring materials must be stable, firm, and slip-resistant. Carpet must be firmly cushioned and securely attached to the floor, and it must be a level loop, texture loop, level cut pile, or level cut/uncut pile style.
If you want to make sure your project is in complete compliance with these and other ADA building guidelines, contact Burnham Nationwide today. Our code experts can help.