Boise ADA Survey & Intuitive Design

City of Boise | City of Boise, ID

The City of Boise contracted with Tindale Oliver, now Benesch, to complete a comprehensive ADA Transition Plan for 30 facilities ranging from 1,400–400,000 sf. The project consisted of three weeks of data collection, assistance with a citizen-led focus group and an ADA Compliance design review.

Before conducting the self-evaluation, initial research was completed to determine the age of the facilities and how to include human-centered inclusive design principles in the assessment reports and ADA Transition Plan. Benesch supported the City by providing expert opinion on matters concerning ADA accessibility, including but not limited to facility design, accessible routes in the COVID environment and ensuring that the City understands the importance and applicability of the ADA.

The facility assessment included evaluation of facility entrances and exits, accessible routes, parking lots, public spaces, service areas, curb ramps, handrails, doors and restrooms. Data were collected using a custom data collection app, exported to a secure database and evaluated to formulate ADA violations and remediations consistent with 2010 ADA Standards for Accessible Design. Based on industry standards, cost estimates were developed and used to determine the proper rank and prioritization of the violations. All information was used to create a simple yet effective report for each violation found at each facility.

For each, a rank, cost and barrier remediation were developed to assist the City in achieving full compliance. A detailed field survey at each facility was performed, and individual facility assessment reports were created. Preliminary cost estimates to mitigate barriers to accessibility and a prioritization scheme were created.

All information was compiled to create a comprehensive summary of the assessed facilities, individual assessment reports and images to increase understanding of the 2010 ADA Standards for Accessible Design.

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