AIA|LA Continuing Education Accessibility Seminars: Stepping Thru Existing Buildings
Friday, October 9th, 2015, 9:30 AM - 3:30 PM
AIA|LA, 3780 Wilshire Blvd, #800, Los Angeles, CA 90010
AIA|LA Continuing Education Accessibility Seminars: Stepping Thru Existing Buildings

DATE: Friday, October 9th, 2015
TIME: 9:30 AM - 3:30 PM (check-in begins at 9 AM)
VENUE: AIA|LA, 3780 Wilshire Blvd, #800, Los Angeles, CA 90010
FEES: $150 AIA members / $225 Non members

"Stepping Thru Existing Buildings" 

The nature of our practice has changed with a higher proportion of renovation and re-use. Under the ADA Standards the there are differing requirements for new construction versus alteration. Since these are federal laws local public agencies can only offer limited direction. We will review criteria for existing buildings in regard to scoping to acquire a better sense sense of the implications of the law and how it applies. We will cover a range of concepts such as Program Accommodation vs Barrier Removal, Proportional Spending, Safe Harbor, and Path of Travel obligations.

An overview of existing buildings for public entities & places of public accommodation per ADAS and CBC from Barrier Removal to Program Accommodation including Alteration requirements whether or not construction is scheduled

• Understand differences between Public Buildings and Places of Public Accommodation
• Review obligations and requirements for Program Accommodation vs Barrier Removal
• Learn about Proportional Spending and Disproportionality and its application to Path of Travel • Overview Safe Harbor and when it can or can not be applied

Janis Kent, FAIA, CASp is the Founding President of the Certified Access Specialist Institute (CASI), serving all who are involved with access in the built environment, whether in private practice or the public sector. She has made presentations on Accessibility at numerous venues from Dwell On Design in Los Angeles, to De- sign DC in Washington, to the National AIA Conventions in Chicago, New Orleans, and upcoming in Atlanta. Her most recent book is the Second Edition of Stepping Through Accessible Details. Richard Halloran, Secretary of the San Francisco Access Appeals Commission, described the book as “The most comprehensive and thorough compilation of accessibility information I have encountered.”

Ms. Kent is designated a Subject Matter Expert (SME) by the California Division of the State Architect, a Certified Access Specialist, and she serves on the committee to develop the California state CASp exams. She conducts seminars for the Nevada State Board of Architecture, Interior Design, and Residential Design and has presented to business associations including AIA Chapters, Chambers of Commerce, US Institute for Theatre Technology (USITT), Manufactured Housing Educational Trust (MHET), California Public Parking Association (CPPA), and the Los Angeles County Office of Education.

Ms. Kent is a licensed California Architect, and has been involved in the world of Accessibility since the mid- 1980’s. In addition to managing a wide range of architectural projects, she has surveyed numerous facilities for accessibility compliance and provided quality control for facilities throughout the country.