Measuring Accessibility Points Plan & Standards

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Item No. Standard Point Value My Score

Category 1 - Parking & Transportation

1.01 (Prerequisite) Accessible transportation is available to & from the building site. 2  
1.02 Accessible parking is in close proximity to the building's accessible entrance. Note: Within 250 Feet = 1 Point, Within 175 Feet = 3 Points, Within 100 Feet = 6 Points 6  
1.03 Parking lots and structures are designed for van accessible parking spaces (rather than alternate van accessible spaces). 1  
1.04 The length of standard accessible parking spaces, standard van accessible parking spaces, and alternate van accessible parking spaces are at least 19 feet. 1  
1.05 Where on-street parking is provided,  accessible on-street parking is available that complies with accessibility guidelines. 1  
1.06 Non-paved surfaces are provided between parking areas and accessible routes in order to prevent parked vehicles from overlapping adjacent accessible routes. 1  
1.07 Parking lots and structures are designed and constructed without wheel stops. 1  
1.08 All access aisles adjacent to van accessible parking spaces are connected directly to accessible routes without having to pass through vehicular traffic areas. 3  
1.09 Accessible routes that cross vehicular traffic areas in parking areas are clearly marked as pedestrian crossings. 2  
1.10 All routes connecting accessible parking to building entrances have adequate lighting. 1  
1.11 "No Parking" signs and/or bollards are installed to prevent unauthorized parking in access aisles. 1  
1.12 All accessible parking spaces are identified, including those that are proportioned for vans. 1  
1.13 Accessible passenger loading zones are identified with signs showing the International Symbol of Accessibility. 1  
1.14 Whenever signs incorporate text with the International Symbol for Accessibility, the word "accessible" is used rather than "handicapped" or "disabled". 1  
1.15 Signs are installed so that the bottom edge is a minimum of 80 inches above the ground for safety and visibility. 1  
1.16 Signs are located where they are not obscured by parked vehicles, trees, or other obstructions. 1  
1.17 Signs comply with all ADAAG requirements for color, character height, and other features. 1  
1.18 Signs include information about fines imposed under local ordinances for illegally parking in an accessible space. 1  
1.19 Meters are located at accessible spaces on the access aisle side of parking spaces. 1  
1.20 Meters are located in such a way that operable parts are accessible by a parallel approach from the access aisle when sidewalk access to the meters is not provided. 1  
1.21 Drop off and pick up locations are available nearest the accessible entrance of a passengers choice. 3  
1.22 Accessible passenger loading zones are located where people are routinely dropped off. 2  
1.23 An accessible means of transportation is available to and from class. 3  

Category 1 - Total Possible Points



Category 2 - Path of Travel

2.01 (Prerequisite) Adequate, safe, & accessible detour(s) are designed and constructed whenever sidewalks are closed and/or blocked. Audible & visual signage at intersections is provided which gives advance notification of closures ahead and informs pedestrians with alternate route information. 2  
2.02 (Prerequisite) Construction zone areas are safe and protected with ADA compliant barricades. Alternative accessible and safe pedestrian routes are provided. 2  
2.03 All building entrances are wheelchair accessible. 4  
2.04 All building entrances have power door operators. 4  
2.05 Main entrance doors are easily distinguishable from the facade. 1  
2.06 An accessible pathway connecting a pedestrian drop off location with a main building entrance is provided with a canopy as protection from bad weather. 2  
2.07 Power door actuator switches are located no closer than 36" from the leading edge of the door when open at 90 degrees. 2  
2.08 Signs are placed in appropriate locations so people do not have to backtrack along a route after arriving at an inaccessible entrance. Signs are placed at the beginning of the route to direct people to the nearest accessible entrance. 1  
2.09 Edge protection or barriers are provided along routes where the surfaces adjacent to the route is .5 inch or more below the level of the route. 1  
2.10 Accessible exterior routes are achieved without the use of ramps by choosing alternatives to ramps such as sidewalks and proper grading with gentler slopes. 3  
2.11 When landings are incorporated into a long, multi-run ramp,  wheelchair resting spaces located out of the path of travel are included. 1  
2.12 Curb ramps are located where they cannot be obstructed by parked vehicles. 1  
2.13 60 inch by 60 inch level landings or walking surfaces are provided at the top and the bottom of curb ramps. 1  
2.14 Detectable warnings are provided at all locations where pedestrian areas and vehicular ways intersect when there is no curb, railing, or other element to demarcate the entrance into a vehicular way. 1  
2.15 Grates or other openings are located outside of pedestrian walking surfaces. 1  
2.16 All designated building entrance accessible ramps and walks either have automatic snow melt systems or are provided with a covered walkway. 3  
2.17 Switches, outlets, drinking fountains, controls and other features are not located on ramped areas of accessible routes. 1  
2.18 Continuous handrails along the walls of ramped aisles serving seating areas are provided. 1  
2.19 Stair treads in a flight of stairs have adequate contrast (minimum 70% light reflective value) with stair landings at both the top and bottom of the stairs in order to increase visibility and safety. 2  
2.20 Lighting levels on all stairs is at least equal to (or greater than) the lighting level of adjacent areas. 1  
2.21 Small level changes that result in single riser conditions in any exterior or interior routes or at doorways are not inherent of the design. 1  
2.22 Stair treads with strips or markings include only one strip or marking per tread. 1  
2.23 Where steps are provided they have no winders, they are not tapered, and they have no open risers. 1  
2.24 Glossy and highly polished flooring materials which appear as being wet or cause reflective glare are not used. 1  
2.25 Handrails are visually prominent with a minimum 70% light reflective value contrast to adjacent walls and surfaces. 1  
2.26 Flooring that borders the wall is of a contrasting color to the wall and adjacent flooring. 4  
2.27 Walls on each and every floor are different colors. 2  
2.28 Handrails are on both sides of all stairways, including those with only one or two risers. 1  
2.29 Handrails are continuous around the perimeter of landings (with no doors). 2  
2.30 Stairs are located as to avoid handrail extension (s) protruding into adjoining routes. 1  
2.31 Where accessible areas of refuge are required, they are located on every occupied level above and below the level where accessible exits are provided. 1  
2.32 A two-way communication system is provided between each area of refuge and the primary building entry (or other location approved by local fire department or other authority). Tactile and Braille labeling is included on signs at two-way communication systems. The communication system is connected to the building's emergency power supply. 1  
2.33 Circulation paths with a minimum clear width of 48" have been provided. 2  
2.34 Door closers on rooms include a delayed action feature. 1  
2.35 Doors which are affected by variables in building air pressure include power door operators. 2  
2.36 Handrails are circular in geometry.  1  
2.37 Tactile maps and/or kiosks with both visual and audible instructions are available where people may routinely need to find locations independently. 5  
2.38 Doors that enter rooms on an accessible route include a full-length side light. (Excluding Maintenance, Custodial, High Security, Restrooms, Shower, & other areas of privacy) 2  
2.39 Full height glazing is clearly identified with permanent visually contrasting manifestations within two zones, between 33" and 40" and between 55" and 63" above the floor. 2  
2.40 Exterior circulation paths do not abruptly change direction or transition unpredictably. 1  
2.41 Access control devices use proximity technology (with audible and visual notification) rather than card-swipe. 1  
2.42 Quick Response "QR" codes are used and located in strategic locations in order to provide audible and visual way-finding information. 5  
2.43 Doors which include push/pull hardware use push plates rather than pulls on the push side of the door. 1  
2.44 Audible information via technology is available in strategic locations to identify landmarks and provide way-finding assistance. 5  
2.45 Sliding doors are not used to access space unless existing space and structural limitations require them. When used, power door operators are included. 1  
2.46 Evacuation chairs are provided in stairwells and the building occupants have been trained on how to use them. 3  
2.47 Floor coverings consisting of carpet are of the closed loop pile type. 1  
2.48 Door pulls have a minimum clearances of 2-1/2". 1  
2.49 Where a 60" turning radius is typically required by the ADA, a 67" turning radius is provided. 5  
2.50 Door hardware on restrooms, building entrances, stairwells, and other main circulation doors have an antimicrobial finish. 5  
2.51 Finish flooring products in public spaces have a GREENGUARD Gold certification. 4  
2.52 Paint and coating products in public spaces have a GREENGUARD Gold certification. 4  
2.53 Provide a minimum of 30" x 52" clear floor or ground space instead of 30" x 48". 4  
2.54 Use full height door actuators at power operated doors. 2  
2.55 Use full height door actuators at elevator lobbies. 2  
2.56 If using blended radius curb ramps at street intersections, use strategically placed barriers to protect pedestrians. 1  
2.57 A minimum of 24" maneuvering clearance is provide on the pull side of front approach door openings. 2  
2.58 When carpet is used in circulation pathways, graining runs parallel with the typical direction of travel. 1  
2.59 Ramps (if used) are designed using less than a 7.5% slope. 1  

Category 2 - Total Possible Points



Category 3 - Goods & Services

3.01 (Prerequisite) All counters are wheelchair accessible. 2  
3.02 (Prerequisite) Building directories are accessible via a screen-reader friendly web page or through the use of digital signage offering information in visual, audible, and tactile formats. 5  
3.03 Emergency warning systems (for emergencies other than fire) are provided in public use or common use areas and have both audible and visual signals which are different from the fire alarm system signal. 1  
3.04 Accessible signage and labels are used to identify items for people with visual impairments. 3  
3.05 Where sales and service counters are dispersed throughout a building or site,  accessible counters are also dispersed to provide comparable accessible services. 1  
3.06 Sales/Service counters and reception desks are designed and constructed with a primary height of 29" - 30" on the public side; a 6" - 9" high toe kick; and an additional shelf provided at 42" AFF when a raised writing service is required. 2  
3.07 Where circulation and service counters are dispersed throughout a library,  accessible circulation and service counters are also provided and dispersed. 1  
3.08 Sales/Service counters and reception desks allow for a person using a wheelchair to turn 360 degrees on the employee side. 2  
3.09 Work surfaces and storage/files are capable of height adjustment. 2  
3.10 All Kitchen/Kitchenettes are accessible 3  
3.11 Accessible benches are distributed throughout areas where benches are included so that people have a range of seating options. 1  
3.12 Counters used for serving food or drink which are higher than 34 inches are provided with an accessible portion at least 60 inches minimum in length and 34 inches maximum in height. 1  
3.13 Raised platforms are large enough to provide ample clear floor space around head tables and speakers' lecterns. 1  
3.14 Entrances to lecture halls allow for wheeled access to the teaching area and multiple seating levels of the classroom. 1  
3.15 At least one adjustable height work surface is provided in all labs. 2  
3.16 Furniture configurations do not create physical barriers to wheelchair users. 1  
3.17 Podiums are adjustable in height and allow individuals from either a seated or standing position access to all audio visual and technology amenities. 2  
3.18 Public seating in waiting and lounge areas is of varying heights with some that has an open clearance underneath. Some seating is provided with arms and some without. 2  
3.19 The basic footprint for furniture cubicle systems is provided with space for a wheelchair to make a 180 degree turn. 2  
3.20 Table work surfaces are used instead of tablet arms attached to chairs in classrooms. 1  
3.21 Quiet spaces are provided with seats next to power outlets. 1  
3.22 Adjustable tiered height furniture is provided in level floor classrooms to maximize clear sightlines. 2  
3.23 Minimum clear floor space is provided in front of all controls and objects. 1  
3.24 Controls and objects are located at least 18 inches away from inside corners of walls so that people using wheelchairs can get close enough to access them. 1  
3.25 Controls and objects which require manipulation (such as keypads, dials, and switches) are between 36 inches minimum and 43 inches maximum above the floor. Touchscreens include a tactile component. 1  
3.26 Lighting to spotlight a sign language interpreter is available when the rest of the lights are dimmed. 2  
3.27 Outlets and other objects that are normally closer to the floor are located at a consistent height of 24 inches above the floor measured to the centerline of the outlet or object. 1  
3.28 Classrooms, lecture halls, and auditoriums allow students a choice of multiple areas to sit and not just the front or back of the class. 2  
3.29 Large classrooms, lecture halls, & auditoriums are wider than they are deep 2  
3.30 Where books in stacks are not within accessible reach ranges, alternative services such as staff available to retrieve items is provided with signage informing the public that such services are available. 2  
3.31 Interactive transaction machines and devices are accessible to the maximum extent possible. 1  
3.32 Where visual screens are provided, they are visible from either a sitting or standing position. 2  
3.33 In each room, area, or cluster of seating, at least one table and/or booth is accessible. 1  
3.34 Public telephones where provided, are located on accessible routes. 1  
3.35 Outlets to plug in battery for wheelchair/scooter are available and adjacent to wheelchair seating spaces and areas. 1  
3.36 Menus and temporary signs which are not required to meet accessibility requirements have information readily available to people with disabilities. 3  
3.37 Rocker light switches are used instead of toggle light switches. 1  
3.38 Induction hearing loops are installed where audible communication is integral to the use of the space. 5  
3.39 Reception areas are staffed and easily identifiable. Approach to the accessible portion is direct and unobstructed. 4  
3.40 All reception desks/counters provide a hearing induction loop which is constantly switched on, regularly tested to ensure it is in good working order, and clearly indicated on approach with the appropriate "T" switch symbol signage. 4  
3.41 Reception foyers allow for wheelchair spaces between seating with direct and unobstructed access. A mixture of seating with and without both back and arm rests is provided. 4  
3.42 Work stations include ergonomic features with height adjustable working surfaces.  5  
3.43 Recycle and waste collection centers have accessible reach ranges and clear floor space areas. 2  
3.44 Seating is available for individuals who experience obesity. 4  
3.45 Exterior site benches comply with the same accessibility requirements for interior benches. 3  
3.46 Student exam rooms provided for academic accommodations and services for students with disabilities are located within the facility rather than at a remote location. 3  
3.47 Chairs and work surfaces are height adjustable chairs and accommodate left and right-handed users. 4  
3.48 Signage notifying individuals as to the availability of assistive listening systems where available. 3  
3.49 Fire alarm pull stations have a no grip design. 2  
3.50 When electrical and data outlets are included on work surfaces, they are located on the front apron to facilitate an easy reach. 3  
3.51 Furniture in public spaces has a GREENGUARD Gold certification. 4  
3.52 Design cubicle office spaces with partition heights and layouts which offer privacy. 1  
3.53 Lobby and queuing areas have adequate seating available outside the circulation path. 1  
3.54 Signage characters and their background have adequate contrast with a minimum 70% light reflective value. 1  

Category 3 - Total Possible Points



Category 4 - Plumbing Fixtures & Layout

4.01 Soap dispensers are mounted in locations which are within allowable reach ranges. 1  
4.02 Trash receptacles are located as such to not intrude on required clear floor space and maneuvering space, are within the reach of lavatories, and are within the reach of restroom doors. 1  
4.03 Fixtures have automatic flush controls and faucets. 1  
4.04 At least 5% but not less than one, of single-user portable toilets is accessible. Where portable toilets are clustered in different locations, ensure that at least 5% but not less than one, of portable toilets in each cluster is accessible. 1  
4.05 Valves are both pressure and temperature regulated. 1  
4.06 Sharps disposal containers are provided in each restroom. 2  
4.07 Drinking fountains are located on accessible routes and are dispersed in convenient locations to provide access for all people.  1  
4.08 Drinking fountains have controls on the front of the unit or on the side near the front edge. 1  
4.09 A unisex restroom is provided on the main floor. 4  
4.10 Hand dryers allow for automatic touchless operation from underneath the dryer. 1  
4.11 Restroom configurations and locations are designed to allow for restrooms without entrance doors. 4  
4.12 At least one Men's & Women's restroom is equipped with power door operators. 3  
4.13 Waste receptacles and dispensers are recessed. 2  
4.14 A floor drain is provided and located in restrooms near the front of the water closet in the accessible stall. 3  
4.15 Restroom lavatory sinks used only for hand washing utilize shallow bowl depths and include increased knee space underneath. 3  
4.16 Restrooms with more than one toilet stall have at least one ambulatory stall. 2  

Category 4 - Total Possible Points



Category 5 - Miscellaneous

5.01 (Prerequisite) Project Architect/Consultant selection criteria requires experience in the implementation of the principles of universal design. (1 - 5) 5  
5.02 (Prerequisite) Project Design & Specifications has been reviewed collaboratively by Facilities Management staff and student members and staff of Student Disability Services with a focus on accessibility. 2  
5.03 (Prerequisite) A departmental accommodation request response plan has been originated and communicated to faculty and staff. 2  
5.04 (Prerequisite) Design standards and procedures which enhance overall accessibility have been written and adopted. 2  
5.05 (Prerequisite) Post construction verification and inspection is accomplished collaboratively by Facilities Management staff and student members and staff of Student Disability Services. 2  
5.06 (Prerequisite) The pre-design RFP provides accessibility expectations. 2  
5.07 (Prerequisite) RFQ bidders are required to have certifications in ADA. 2  
5.08 (Prerequisite) All Design Team members have completed on-line ADA training. 2  
5.09 Innovative design & services which support individuals with disabilities have been incorporated within the project. (1 - 13 Points)    
5.10 Design features &  elements which are contrary to Universal Design concepts have been incorporated within the project. (Note that this has a negative point value)    
5.11 An effective emergency plan that includes procedures for helping people with disabilities and ensures that occupants of the building are familiar with emergency procedures before an emergency occurs has been developed and communicated to the building occupants. 1  
5.12 An annual inspection & repair/maintenance of accessible routes is performed. (Vegetation trimming, door closer adjustments, repainting parking lot striping, etc.) 3  
5.13 An exterior campus graphics & signage way finding system plan for pedestrians has been established with attention to accessibility. 5  
5.14 Information on accessible campus features and pedestrian routes is readily available.  2  
5.15 Interpretive guides, audio tape devices, or other methods to convey descriptive information about public buildings, monuments, and objects of cultural interest are readily available. 2  
5.16 Design renderings depicting individuals include individuals with disabilities 3  
5.17 Pre construction meetings are held that address topics of concern which may impact accessibility. 2  
5.18 An exterior grassy area is conveniently located on an accessible route for service animal use. 2  

Category 5 - Total Possible Points



Total Possible Points for All Categories


Certified 110-129    
Silver 130-149    
Gold 150-179    
Emerald 180+