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Hey Landlord! Are your exterior common areas ADA compliant?

The majority of monthly newsletters you receive from ADA-PROS are topics that are planned months in advance, but then there are times when we deviate to address timely (and in this case glaring) access issues that exist for most of us in the retail and office industry. Three weeks ago, one of my east coast […]

Uncommon barriers and why it costs you nothing to pay attention.

The list of barriers that professional ADA activists look for is growing, and guess what? There seems to be no shortage of properties out there that have barriers that really shouldn’t be there. Over the last six months, I have been conducting an unofficial survey of uncommon barriers that continue to be the “fly in […]

Electric car charging do’s and don’ts. Download the guide!

California is now requiring that new buildings being built in 2015 provide the infrastructure for electric-car charging. But what will it take to retrofit existing facilities with the necessary wiring to install 240-Volt Level 2 charging stations? There are a lot of questions swirling around right now as new legislation is being discussed to include […]

Making sense of the ENR Threshold isn’t easy …

Making sense of the ENR Threshold 20% additional requirement isn’t easy for many people including some building officials here in California. Unlike the Federal ADAS, which requires a flat 20% additional be spent on accessibility based on the adjusted construction costs with no cap, California has created a “Minimum & Maximum” 20% based on an […]

Valuable ADA resources at your fingertips.

With ADA lawsuits on the rise in this country and the fact that there are many grey areas surrounding the accessibility requirements from state to state, it is more important than ever to have access to multiple sources of information and experts knowledge to cut through the fog. Any Architect, Civil Engineer, Designer or access […]

A Wolf In Sheep’s Clothing? Fake Service Animals A Growing Problem.

It’s an easy law to break, and thousands of pet owners do it everyday … By strapping a vest or a backpack with a “service animal” mark or emblem to their dog, anyone can bring Fido into stores and restaurants where non-service dogs are normally not allowed. This is creating growing problems for both the […]

2013 California Building Code Changes – Part 4: Parking, Striping, Signage and More.

The new 2013 California Building Code goes into effect in January 2014. As part 4 in a 6-month series on upcoming code changes, I’ll highlight some of the most important changes to the California Building Code before they become enforceable. Generally, we’re looking at the accessible elements called into question during almost every tenant improvement […]

Don’t be “Penny Wise and Pound Foolish” when performing your ADA Project.

It used to be that a property owner or manager could call up their trusted contractor and get them to seal and re-stripe their parking lot without ever having a conversation with the building department. Likewise, there was a time, not to long ago, when you could remove an asphalt built up ramp that cut […]

2013 California Building Code Changes – Part 2: Site Arrival Points

The new 2013 California Building Code goes into effect in January 2014. As part 2 of a 6-month series on upcoming code changes,  I’ll highlight some of the most important changes to the California Building Code before they become enforceable. The areas we’ll focus on are the accessible elements that are called into question during almost […]

Commerical Lease Disclosure Requirements

Effective July 1, 2013, a new lease disclosure requirement in the California Civil Code section 1938 affects owners and lessors of commercial property. Part of the new Senate Bill 1186 intended to limit unwarranted lawsuits brought under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), provides as follows: “A commercial property owner or lessor shall state on […]