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2015 ADA updates

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With everything you have on your plate, you might be wondering who has time to keep up with the latest version of ADA regulations? To make it easier for you, we've created the following "top five" list of "need to know" ADA updates: The number of accessible entrances required has been increased to 60% of the available entrances, which means a location with two entrances now needs both entrances to be accessible rather than just one. Accessible seating must be dispersed throughout the seating area of an entire restaurant rather than concentrated in just one area. Any development or remodeling completed using the previous 1991 ADA standards before the new changes became effective March 15, 2012 will be "grandfathered" as compliant with the ADA. However, if any element that meets the 1991 requirements is altered, it must then meet the newer standards, and the "safe harbor" no longer applies. Changes in ADA side reach ranges will have impacts on sales floors, restrooms, service counters, teller counters and other public-facing areas. The reach range of equipment in accessible areas has been reduced to be no higher than 48 inches (compared to 54 inches previously) and no lower than 15 inches (instead of nine inches before). These tolerances and other dimension requirements must be carefully considered in new designs to assure smooth traffic flow in retail and other public areas. Similar to customer-facing areas, employee work areas over 1,000 s.f. are now also required to provide accessible circulation routes. Top 5 need-to-know ADA updates Perspectives on legal compliance 1 2 3 4 5 © 2015 Jones Lang LaSalle IP, Inc. All rights reserved. All information contained herein is from sources deemed reliable; however, no representation or warranty is made to the accuracy thereof.

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