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Quality Built strives to assist our clients in making a more accessible environment for individuals with disabilities. We also assist our clients in managing risk and work diligently to protect them against complaints which may arise as a result of non-compliance.

As of March 15, 2012 the “new” 2010 Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is in effect for all new construction, alterations, program accessibility, and barrier removal at privately-owned “Places of Public Accommodation.”

Newly constructed or altered facilities must comply with all of the requirements in the 2010 Standards. Successful accessibility under the ADA is often measured in inches, as quoted from the Department of Justice, and therefore attention to detail will make the difference between achieving access or becoming exposed to litigation.

Our engineers, architects, plans examiners, inspectors and insurance risk professionals are well-acclimated with both the current Americans with Disabilities Act as well as the Fair Housing Act, and are always aware of pending revisions. Our services include architectural drawing and shop drawing reviews, on-site construction walks during the various construction phases, construction meeting participation, project completion survey inspections and follow-up site visits. We work with our clients to determine the most cost-effective assessment strategy based on the size, scope, and budget of the project.

PLAN REVIEW

During the plan review process, Quality Built reviews structural and architectural plans for compliance with both federal laws and state and local regulations to assure that the project documents and construction will adhere to stringent code regulations. We address every pertinent issue ranging from the site plan through the interior elements of each project. Plan reviews will identify the most expensive barriers to fix, including door maneuvering clearances and toilet room layouts before they are constructed.

INSPECTIONS

During the course of construction (or years after a project has been completed) we perform third party site assessments to determine compliance with federal, state and local accessibility requirements. Progress site visits are also useful to avoid unnecessary and expensive remediations after the project is complete.

KEY AREAS

No public-access structure in the United States of America is exempt from ADA and Fair Housing requirements; some of the essential areas to focus on during a competent compliance assessment include, but are not limited to:

  • Accessible building entrance on an accessible route
  • Accessible public and common use areas
  • Usable doors by a person with mobility and manual impairments
  • Accessible route into and through dwelling units
  • Light switches, electrical outlets, thermostats, and other environmental controls in accessible locations
  • Reinforced walls in bathrooms for later installation of grab bars
  • Usable kitchens and bathrooms
  • Elevator Controls / Braille / Audible Warnings
  • Means of egress
  • Automobile Parking
  • Swimming Pools / Mechanical Lifts Handrails / Grabrails / Gate Latches Turning Radiuses
  • Ample illumination Exterior and Interior Required Signage
  • Detectable warnings
  • Maintain inventory of accessible/adaptable dwelling units (HomeID)
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