6 City Facilities Transition Plan
6 City Facilities Transition Plan
The City currently owns seven buildings. The City also leases space in three buildings. The City last conducted a comprehensive review of physical accessibility in 1992. This chapter of the Transition Plan summarizes the results of the physical accessibility evaluations in the buildings that it owns and leases. Appendix E includes a table with a timeline for removal of barriers.
6.2 ADA Standard
If there is an architectural barrier to access in a facility built before the ADA standards became effective on January 26, 1992, an agency may remove the barrier to bring the facility up to standard, or may provide access to the programs or services located in that building by other means, including moving them to a fully accessible location.
Any facility built or substantially altered after January 26, 1992, must be readily accessible to and usable by persons with disabilities and built in strict compliance with either the ADA standards or Uniform Federal Accessibility Standards (UFAS).
Alterations to a building or portion of a building are fundamental changes to the usability of the facility. Painting, for example, would not be considered an alteration. When part of a building has been altered, the alterations must comply with architectural standards, including creating an accessible route of travel to the altered area. Features along the route, such as restrooms and water fountains, need to be made accessible as well.
The ADA does not require that every part of a facility is accessible (i.e. every restroom stall) but signs directing people with disabilities to the accessible features must be provided.
Where structural modifications are required to achieve program accessibility, the City must create and adopt a transition plan that provides for the removal of these barriers. A transition plan must, at a minimum, include:
- A description of the physical barriers in the City’s facilities that limit the accessibility of its programs, activities, or services to individuals with disabilities.
- A detailed outline of the methods to be utilized to remove these barriers and make the facilities accessible.
- The schedule for taking the necessary steps to achieve compliance with Title II of the ADA. If the time period for achieving compliance is longer than one year, the plan should identify the interim steps that will be taken during each year of the transition period.
- Identify the official responsible for the plan’s implementation.
6.3 City Facilities: Barrier Mitigation
The City of Beaverton has few access barriers in City facilities. New facilities or substantial renovations of existing facilities are fully compliant with ADA standards. For maintenance and smaller renovation projects, the City works to include accessibility improvements, even when not required by the scope of the project.
6.4 Barrier Removal Priorities
The following factors will be considered in prioritizing barriers for removal. Each of these factors are roughly equal in weight:
- Level of use by the public: Facilities that receive a high level of public use as measured by number or frequency of visits.
- Program uniqueness: Some programs are unique to a building or facility and cannot occur at another location.
- Citizen rights: Facilities where services are provided to exercise citizen rights, such as voting, right to a trial, access to elected officials, etc.
- Citizen responsibilities: Facilities where taxes are paid, permits and licenses are obtained, and where services are obtained.
- Social need: Facilities that meet social needs such as the library and the community center.
- Identified complaints: Efforts should focus on identified accessibility complaints.
Priorities for removal of specific barriers in existing facilities are also based on the general priority guidelines specified in the ADA for Title III public accommodations. While overall accessibility efforts for a Title II public entity must be driven by providing access to programs and services when viewed in their entirety, it is reasonable to apply the facility access priorities of Title III to City facilities. As listed in 28 CFR 36.304(c), these priorities include:
- Providing access from public sidewalks, parking, or public transportation (bus stops). These measures include installing entrance ramps, widening entrances, and providing accessible parking spaces and signage.
- Providing access to those places where goods and services are made available. These measures include revising interior routes, adjusting the layout of tables, providing Braille and raised character building signage, widening interior doors, providing visual alarms, and installing ramps.
- Providing accessible restrooms, such as removing obstructing items on the route to the restroom, providing accessible signage, widening restroom doors, widening toilet stalls, installation of ramps, providing accessible plumbing fixtures, and installation of grab bars.
- Making other modifications to provide access to the goods, services, facilities, privileges, advantages, or accommodations, such as accessible public phones and drinking fountains.
6.5 Facility Survey Results
City employees conducted detailed facility accessibility inspections in 2017. Over 50 corrections to improve accessibility were identified. The majority of these were routine maintenance items, such as adjusting door closers, adding ADA signage, and relocating moveable fixtures in aisles. All but about 5 of the corrections have already been corrected and the remainder are pending. These more significant barriers that have not yet been resolved are summarized in Appendix E with a schedule for when the barriers will be removed. Appendix E will be updated periodically.
A specialized ADA Cityworks database contains the data from the facility accessibility inspections, and the City uses FacilityDude tracking system for facility maintenance work orders related to ADA accessibility.