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Accessibility Brown Bag: Accessible “Entrances” and Related Signs (1 HSW)
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Accessibility Brown Bag: Accessible “Entrances” and Related Signs (1 HSW)

 Export to Your Calendar 2/26/2020
When: Wednesday, February 26, 2020
12:00 - 1:00 PM
Where: AIA San Francisco
130 Sutter Street, Suite 600
San Francisco, California  94104
United States

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This Brown Bag will focus specifically on the design and construction of Accessible Primary Entrances. Applicable Federal, State, and Local Ordinances covering a facility’s primary entrance will be covered, as well as typical design considerations, including door hardware and signage, and construction documentation tips. Several scenarios and proposed solutions will be discussed with additional time for Q/A as needed.

All are welcomed to participant including architects, contractors, and members of the community.



Learning Objectives

  1. F/S/L Code Review and Regulatory intent; the critical factors of an accessible primary entrance
  2. New and Existing Construction and primary use and function of space.
  3. Identification of the Primary Entrance with signs
  4. Significant Design Considerations; Doors and Signs
  5. Construction Documentation Tips; Code Data, Door and Sign, Hardware Specification
  6. Construction Considerations and Best Practices; Bidding, Changes, Procurement, Installation and Inspection


About the Presenters

Dawn Anderson, AIA, CASp, IOR 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.

BJ Dietz Epstein is a Certified Access Specialist (CASp) who works as a Senior Designer in the MAD Lab at the LightHouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired. She earned her Masters of Architecture from Iowa State University, with a specialty focus on Accessibility. She has over 10 years of experience as an Accessibility Consultant. At the LightHouse, BJ reviews and approves signage for the Mayor’s Office on Disability and the Department of Public Works. In addition, she creates tactile maps and graphics for people who are blind or visually impaired.


Pricing + Registration

  • AIA Member: $5
  • General Admission: $10
  • AIASF Student Member: Free

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