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Accessibility Brown Bag: Multi-Family Housing Dwelling Unit Design + Construction, Part 1 (1 MCE)
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Accessibility Brown Bag: Multi-Family Housing Dwelling Unit Design + Construction, Part 1 (1 MCE)

When: Wednesday, July 31, 2019
12:00 - 1:00 PM
Where: AIA San Francisco
130 Sutter Street, Suite 600
San Francisco, California  94104
United States

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So what is the difference between a residential dwelling unit, accessible unit, mobility unit, communication unit, adaptable unit, visitable unit and a dwelling unit? This seminar will answer this question and others on the scoping of housing units under the requirements of the FHA, UFAS, ADA, 11B and 11A for multifamily housing are sometimes subtle but otherwise significant. This seminar will cover public and private multifamily housing and compare and contrast both the federal and state regulations, as well as CBC subsection 11A and 11B. There will be focused discussion on accessible kitchens, baths, and unit plan configurations with respect to interior access and closets and storage spaces. The requirements for all the specific unit types will be reviewed and requirements securitized, such as placement of environmental controls, tub and shower configurations, alarms and notifications, grab bar coordination, built-in cabinetry, and the selection of appliances and fixtures.

This will be a three part series, with focus on

  • Part 1 (July 31) Funding sources, application of law and regulations there similarities and differences, unit dispersion and comparability
  • Part 2 (August 28) Adaptable and Accessible kitchen design including appliance and fixture selection, switch and outlet locations, and the design and construction of built-in cabinetry, bread boards, and storage.
  • Part 3 (September 25) Adaptable and Accessible bathroom design including plumbing fixture selection, grab bar reinforcement, furred and shaftwall conditions, and clearances required at toilets, lavatories, and tub and shower enclosures.


Learning Objectives

  1. Recognizing funding sources and other financial instruments that are considered public or private and what regulations apply.
  2. Know the many unit types and how they are dispersed through a project.
  3. Understand the fundamental guiding codes for compliant kitchens and baths
  4. How to design accessible storage throughout the unit
  5. Strategies to create libraries of compliant details for housing units.


About the Presenter

Dawn Anderson, AIA, CASp, IOR

Ms. Anderson is a Senior Building Inspector and Access Compliance Officer in the Architectural Access Division of the Mayor’s Office on Disability at the City and County of San Francisco. Dawn’s primary responsibilities are conducting plan reviews and inspections of city owned, operated, leased, or funded facilities. Projects include alterations and new construction of large affordable housing developments, civic buildings, and various outdoor environments. Her duties also include interdepartmental advisement, facility surveys, programmatic and scoping analysis and assistance, and inspections for permanent construction and temporary facilities in an effort to remove architectural barriers and promote civic engagement.



  • AIASF Member: $5
  • General Admission: $10

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Accessibility Brown Bag Series

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View all upcoming AIASF Accessibility programs here.


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