On the designated ADA fueling position, does 30×46 flat surface need to start at the base of the dispenser? If not, how far out from the dispenser can it be?

— Neil F. ANSWER: Neil, The 30X48 floor/ground space location will be dependent on the reach ranges to the controls on the fuel dispenser. Based upon our experience with fuel dispensers and the reach ranges to controls, the clear/floor ground space should be within 10″ of the face of the controls. Thank you for your question! Let me know if you have … READ MORE

What is the height for mounting an aiphone at a building entry?

— Bryan K. ANSWER: Bryan, Controls for your aiphone would need to be no higher than 48″ and no lower than 15″ for a forward or side approach that is unobstructed. 308.2.1 Unobstructed. Where a forward reach is unobstructed, the high forward reach shall be 48 inches (1220 mm) maximum and the low forward reach shall be 15 inches (380 mm) minimum … READ MORE

Is there any ‘code” regarding the use of decomposed granite in park paths as to if they are compliant with ADA?

— Anne T. ANSWER: Decomposed granite is not specifically prohibited for use as an accessible surface. The 2010 ADA Standards for Accessible Design reads: 302.1 General. Floor and ground surfaces shall be stable, firm, and slip resistant and shall comply with 302. That said, decomposed granite is not usually considered to be stable and firm. I hope this helps! – Brad