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If you or your client plan on making improvements to an existing building this year in California, we need to be aware of the required Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) improvements that you’ll need to include. All businesses open to the public are subject to Title III of the ADA law requiring equal access and barrier removal on a constant basis. When alterations are made to an existing building in California, the work must follow the California Building Code (CBC). This code includes the guidelines established by the ADA, but also adds additional requirements for access. The elements within the scope of the alteration must completely meet the accessible requirements. One portion of the CBC addresses how to make existing buildings more accessible. Section 11B-202.4 of the CBC sets out the requirement to provide an accessible path of travel to area of the building alteration.

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Kern County Fire Station No. 58

The Y&H team has enjoyed working with the Kern County staff on the newest Station for the Kern County Fire Department.  The County held a Ribbon Cutting ceremony this month to celebrate.  More information on the station can be seen on the Tulare County News site.  Y&H provided general civil engineering, mountain hydrology calculations, storm runoff hydraulics, bridge culverts and ADA compliance services.  Due to potentially excessive storm runoff from the terrain south of the station, two major storm channels were designed on-site.  The western channel naturally separates the station, and fire trucks, from the main public road.  The design solution chosen to solve the issues were three individual CONTECH Arch culverts.  The culverts allowed for the designed storm capacity, while providing access for the large trucks and keeping a low profile over the channel.

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Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), which was passed in 1991, was designed to prevent discrimination to those individuals with disabilities.  According to the United States Justice Department, the Act is designed to eliminate the “Barriers to employment, transportation, public accommodations, public services, and telecommunications have imposed staggering economic and social costs on American society and have undermined out well intentioned efforts to educate, rehabilitate and employ individuals with disabilities”.

One of the misconceptions of the rules and the regulations of the ADA is that the law only applies to individuals with a disability.  This is not the case, as the law applies to a much broader group of people with both physical and mental impairments.  The person must have a physical or metal impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities.

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Y&H will be providing ADA Compliance information at an upcoming seminar presented by CALBEC on Friday, February 22nd.  Please call our office get more information.

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CALBECGroup-Workshop

David Horn will be a speaker at a Business Workshop for local Fresno businesses on November 29th. The seminar is presented by CALBEC Group to help businesses benefit from Enterprise Zone incentives. David will be speaking on how businesses can protect themselves from ADA lawsuits and in the process become more accessible to our community and potential patrons.

Call Emerson Estrada at (559) 301-0406 to reserve a spot or learn more about the subject.