Accessibility: Design and Disconnects (5 HSW/MCEs)
Aug 16 2013
9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
SF Design Center Gallery
101 Henry Adams Street
San Francisco, CA 94103
Accessibility in California is going to be quite different in 2013. Interpretation is probably the number 1 issue in accessibility, especially, consistency of interpretation. Another critical issue is establishing priorities for which barrier to remove. Is it possible to develop a rational interpretation and assessment protocol for accessibility issues that will help establish priorities?
Field experience shows that despite codes and standards, there is still a serious disconnect between what goes on the drawings and what ends up being constructed. This program looks at a number of disconnects discover during nearly 8 years of accessibility surveys in California. While blame maybe assigned to design professionals or to contractors, field studies suggests it is something more than that. A strategy for prioritizing and interpreting survey results will be presented.
Universal design principles will be briefly reviewed towards developing a holistic approach to accessibility and integration into the design and construction process. An overview of the changes coming to CBC Chapter 11B will be discussed.
• Explore the changes in accessibility standards.
• Review accessibility priority systems from DOJ and others
• Examine the primary reasons why accessible designs fail in the field
• Review examples of field failures and design disconnects despite correct drawings.
Online resource materials
5 hours, HSW and meets CAB Accessibility requirements
Who Should Attend:
Design professionals, product reps, and contractors dealing with accessibility
Architect, specifier, programmer, facilitator, marketer, and educator, Michael Chambers FAIA FCSI CCS has experience in education, health care, government, housing, hospitality, and sports architecture. Using his broad experience in working closely with clients in pre-design, materials selection, program analysis, post occupancy evaluation, and marketing strategies, Michael offers a diverse perspective on critical design and construction issues both as a technical architect and as an educator.
Since 2003, Michael been conducting access surveys of California hospitals and medical office buildings for accessability issues and has reviewed numerous project documents for accessibility compliance.
Michael is an architectural graduate of the University of Southern California, registered architect in California and a Certified Construction Specifier. Michael is principal of MCA Specifications of Ukiah, CA.