Under Title II of the ADA, January 26, 1995 was the deadline for public entities to eliminate accessibility barriers listed in their transition plans. By Friday morning, January 27th, all municipal and state buildings throughout the U.S. were supposed to be ADA-compliant. Clearly, things didn’t quite work out that way.
This workshop will address the guiding principles behind the strategic approach to renovating existing state-owned buildings. Examples of successful processes for making public buildings fully accessible to people with disabilities will be shared for five building types: STEM buildings, theaters and other assembly spaces, courthouses, correctional centers, and health care buildings. Architects can engage in creative problem solving to eliminate accessibility barriers and improve existing buildings in the context of limited capital resources.