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Architectural Accessibility Requirements – ADA and IBC

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The session will review accessibility scoping and technical design issues under state and federal laws, and introduce the impact of MUBEC’s addition of the International Building Code (IBC) Chapter 11 Accessibility has on some communities in Maine. Chapter 11 requires elevators sooner than the 2010 ADA Standards, and clarifies that all public buildings are covered including religious facilities, private clubs, and most multi-family housing which are all exempt from the ADA. This introduction of key differences between the 2010 ADA and the 2015 IBC will help design professionals and building officials to become more familiar with the requirements and best practices for design that includes everyone.

Presenter: Jill Johanning, AIA, Maine Licensed Architect/Access Specialist at Alpha One, the Maine affiliate of the New England ADA Center which is part of the ADA National Network funded by the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research.

Leaning Objectives

  • Become familiar with the design standards on new construction, and alterations that impact compliance with the ADA and IBC Accessibility.

  • Identify priorities for readily achievable barrier removal for existing facilities; review resources and guides that are available for self evaluation of accessible features.

  • Identify the key areas for design coordination for public accommodations and multi-family housing under the federal/state laws and building code.

  • Recognize the scoping requirements for multi-family housing in Maine to meet accessibility standards.