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ADA Accessibility & Building Design

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Romtec designs, supplies, and constructs buildings and structures for all types of public and private use applications. Providing facilities that are accessible to all members of the community is an ongoing challenge for parks and recreation departments across the country. Federal standards dictate the minimum requirements for these buildings, but the many accessible facilities go above and beyond the minimum requirements in order to accommodate peoples of all abilities. Romtec has provided thousands of buildings that meet ADA standards and, on many projects, exceed the standards, providing truly accessible restroom buildings.

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The Americans with Disabilities Act

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990 is a piece of legislation that prohibits discrimination against individuals with disabilities. ADA extends to all areas of public life, including employment, transportation, and access to public accommodations. This law was a massive leap forward in providing open and accessible facilities to all Americans, regardless of their ability levels. Romtec is very familiar with these requirements and how they tie into the public restrooms, showers, and other facilities we provide. While these federal standards define the minimum requirements for ADA compliance, many facilities benefit from exceeding these standards.

The Minimum Requirements

The minimum requirements for ADA compliance ensure that there are no physical barriers preventing access to public accommodations. These standards relate to the building itself as well as the surrounding area. Walkways, stairs, ramps, and even parking lots each have their own set of defined standards that need to be met. Designing a building that meets all of these standards requires comprehensive knowledge of the ADA requirements, as well as how the building will be used. Romtec designs and supplies buildings for many applications, and one recent project in Oregon required an accessible building that far exceeded the minimum accessibility requirements.

Single Slope Roof Restroom Building in Inclusive Park

An Inclusive Sports Park

The Mountain View Champions Park in Aloha, Oregon was designed as an inclusive sports park that would serve peoples of all abilities. Romtec supplied a total of 6 buildings and structures for the park and each required special design considerations to meet the park’s goal for accessibility. The large restroom building includes two multiuser restrooms and two private-entry family rooms. This design configuration is growing in popularity and allows caregivers to accompany and provide care in a controlled environment with privacy. One of the private restrooms even includes a shower complete with a fold out ADA shower bench. These are just a few examples of simple additions that can be made to any of our buildings to exceed accessibility standards.

Public Restroom at Basketball Court

Providing Public Accommodations for All Abilities

Romtec has worked with parks and recreation departments all across America providing unique and accessible buildings. The Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 was a significant step forward in ensuring that all manners of public accommodations are accessible to peoples of all abilities. When you partner with Romtec on these projects, you are partnering with an experienced designer, supplier, and installer of accessible buildings that are designed for any application. Contact Romtec today for more information on ADA accessibility and building design!

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