Restroom Design and the Americans with Disabilities Act

Floor Plan for Large Concession Restroom
This floor plan specifies several ADA clearances

The Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA) was a major piece of civil rights legislation in the United States. This law and the Amendments Act of 2008 broadly protect the rights of Americans who experience physical or mental disabilities that substantially limit one or more major life activities. For a restroom company like Romtec, ADA restroom design is a crucial procedure for configuring every pre-engineered building. There are many guidelines for designing an ADA bathroom, and meeting these criteria represents not only a legal requirement but an important civic responsibility to create a product that will satisfy the needs of all people.

When beginning the design for an ADA restroom, it is important to begin with an accurate understanding of the customer’s needs for the restroom facility. These needs represent a myriad of options from toilet seat covers to baby changing tables to soap dispensers. Each added feature will have its own requirements for height and spacing, so knowing which features need to be in the restroom facility is an important first step.

After our engineers know what is going into the building, the next step is to understand the location of the building itself. Each state and purchasing entity (federal, county, or private) has different standards to which its restroom facilities must adhere. There are ANSI, ABA, ADAAG, and other protocols for design that will be dictated by the state and jurisdiction in which the ADA restroom will be ultimately built.

The final step before the design process begins is to understand the usage expectations for the ADA restroom. The ADA restroom requirements assume that a specific percentage of users will experience a disability as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act. The restroom design must offer ADA fixtures that are in keeping with the anticipated usage percentage. This is important so that even at the busiest usage there will be equal accessibility to all restroom users.

The design process begins in earnest once Romtec engineers have the information necessary to ensure a functional and compliant ADA restroom facility is created. Without this leg work, designing plans that will be stamped and sealed becomes more difficult. With this information, our engineers can configure a restroom facility that will be comfortable for all users and completely permissible to be stamped and sealed for each state and jurisdiction.

At Romtec, our goal is to create the ideal restroom facility for your needs and budget. We’ve been designing ADA restrooms since the act was passed and will be designing them for years to come. Understanding how to design ADA bathrooms quickly, precisely, and cost-effectively is an area where Romtec excels as a restroom company. For more information, visit the ADA website or contact Romtec with your project details.

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