Design

Direct Access collaborates with Architects and project partners within design teams to provide accessibility reviews at each stage of design and construction. This enables potential ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) compliance deficiencies to be identified and addressed.

We review design documents and drawings, product submittals, and tender documentation. This can also include verifying compliance of specified manufactured products.

Design support can range from addressing single issues to entire developments. We work with a diverse range from small housing complexes to large multi-serviced office buildings.

It may not be clear which combination of federal, state, and local codes applies to projects. Interpretations of requirements are not always black and white. There may be opportunities for greatly enhanced access not even covered in requirements. Local city or county codes may have more restrictive requirements that provide greater access than state or federal regulations.

For example, in Californian restrooms, the height of the paper towel dispenser control must be a maximum of 40” while in the 2010 ADA Standard it is a maximum of 48”.

Sumner in northern Pierce County, Washington appointed Direct Access in early 2021 to the two-year Architects on Call program to support the City with accessibility related works in the area.

Direct Access has also partnered with DuBois & King, a Vermont based engineering firm to develop the Stormwater and Accessibility plan for Bethel in Windsor County, Vermont. This will be the state’s first ever village accessibility plan.

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