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Old 02-01-2012, 11:14 AM   #1
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I'm in the business of public restrooms. One of the questions we always always always get about our products is "is it handicap accessible?" I was just wondering what the hardest ADA guideline to meet is for architects, designers and contractors - some say it's the size of the bathroom stalls, or cramming in all the space necessary while keeping a nice design. Thoughts?
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Old 02-01-2012, 12:01 PM   #2
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It would probably be opening, and holding open, the main restroom door/doors. Along with restrictions in that area, as well as possible turns.

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Turning radius when retrofitting and no way to make an acceptable 36" diameter while trying to stay within a 3 point turning radius.

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The biggest concern on handicap acessable bathrooms are making the stalls wide enough as well as grab bar placement and suffiecent backing on the bars themselves. If you look on your plans most of the time you will see a circle in the middle of the handicap stall. This represents the standard turning radius of a wheel chair. Also sink placement. Larger doors threshhold height not exceeding 3/4 of an inch etc, etc, etc. thats all major issues with the handicap baths
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Turning radius when retrofitting and no way to make an acceptable 36" diameter while trying to stay within a 3 point turning radius.
This seems to be a issue alot of times.

And making sure all the backing is in and adequate.

Alot of times there are no ADA drawings with the plans for the bathrooms Why is that?
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Because most architects believe that its not their job to spec out ADA compliance issues,but rather that of the supplier to tell you. Problem is, if the archy doesn't know what is going to go where,he can't/won't spec the proper blocking for the fixtures

I've gotten prints like this one...



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And made them change it to this before I do the work...



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It's still bare minimum,but at least I don't have to fight with everyone as to why I altered the field dimensions to code and went against the plans.

These are a little better,but still don't call out for blocking and location...



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So now what i do is give an allowance for blocking and ADA assemblies such as tilted mirrors,adjusted ctops and grab bars and than V.I.F. just where everything is to go. Than have my supplier sketch it up and submit for an addendum to the plan to be included with the as builts.

It's more time and money on their end,but until they learn not to omit such important assemblies,this is the route I have to take.

Now,trying to get a 4' length out of a bathroom that's 3',that's a different story

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