By John Lashley
The International Code Council (ICC) has released the 2017 edition of ICC A117.1 Accessible and Usable Buildings and Facilities. New to the 2017 edition are enhanced dimensions for clear floor spaces and turning spaces. These increases respond to technical data regarding the space needed by persons using scooters and some types of motorized wheelchairs. The enhanced provisions only apply to new buildings and facilities.
Where existing buildings and facilities are remodeled, the historic dimensions will still apply (i.e., 2009 ICC A117.1).
Other changes include exterior routes, curb cuts, blended transitions, clarity for detectable warnings, and passenger drop-offs. New parking requirements coordinated with the Public Rights of Way Guidelines provide an accessible design standard for electrical vehicle charging stations and enhanced safety for accessible routes crossing parking lots.
Also introduced are acoustic standards for classrooms, features allowing for better communication for persons using sign language, provisions addressing the recharging of wheelchairs in assembly venues and hotels, access to gaming machines and tables, and provisions for water bottle filling stations.
The new standard continues to provide coordination between the accessible provisions of this standard and the Fair Housing Accessibility Guidelines (FHAG) and the 2010 Standard for Accessible Design referenced by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Architectural Barriers Act (ABA).
If you have questions about how these changes affect your projects, please call Metropolis Group at 212.233.6344.