At first, you might think, “not much,” and it’s definitely true that each of these places serves a very different function. When’s the last time you saw Pluto on the observation deck taking in the views of Chicago?
All kidding aside, what these structures all share is that they each have a LOT of restrooms (284 in The Pentagon alone), and all of them need to be ADA compliant. Sounds like a pretty tall order, right?
While most property managers and owners don’t have nearly this many to worry about, ADA restroom violations are extremely common – and incredibly costly. Fines can range from $55,000 for the first offense up to $110,000 for subsequent violations. Plus, ADA laws have no cure period, meaning that if you receive a complaint, you could be at risk of an immediate lawsuit because there’s no grace period that gives you time to fix the problem.
When a door swings into the bathroom instead of outward, it can be very difficult for someone in a wheelchair to shut and open it. Make sure yours are installed correctly.
These bars must have a minimum of an inch and a half of clear space in each direction. If you install a toilet paper dispenser too closely to the bars, it compromises accessibility.
There are very specific rules about where you need to post your signs and the verbiage and symbols they must include. Make sure not to overlook this important detail.
Many toilets aren’t mounted the correct distance from the wall or partition, or the flush valve for the toilet is on the wrong side, requiring someone to reach across the toilet to flush it. You’ll also want to make sure the toilet is the correct height.
You’ll often run into sinks that are too tall for someone in a wheelchair to use. Make sure yours are mounted at a maximum of 34 inches above the floor, and that there’s nothing blocking the space underneath.
Of course, there are many other potential pitfalls when it comes to ADA compliance. When in doubt, it’s always a good idea to consult with an architect or building professional with expertise in this area. After all, getting sued is a lot more expensive, and definitely less fun, than a trip to Disney World!
How do you handle ADA compliance on your property? What are some common problems you’ve seen? Leave your feedback in the comments.
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