FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (TULSA, OKLA) — Brad Gaskins, AIA, CASp, to present at AIA National Convention 2015 National accessibility expert Brad Gaskins, AIA, CASp, and Principal and COO of The McIntosh Group, will give two presentations at the AIA National Convention 2015 in Atlanta, Georgia, including a half-day workshop for architects regarding the Americans with Disabilities Act.
Gaskins’ course, Accessible Architecture: Designing for Success, will cover emerging trends and new ideas in accessibility, hidden items buried within the ADA, everyday mistakes made by contractors and architects, ways to prepare drawings for contractor success, and issues to anticipate. The workshop is worth 3.75 Continuing Education Units. In addition to this course, Gaskins will be speaking with Jack McMahan in a presentation titled Experiencial Access to the Great Outdoors. In this dynamic presentation, the duo will discuss program access and effective communication design in outdoor recreation and leisure activity design. Gaskins will go over the ADA law as it relates to the great outdoors, identify commonly overlooked accessibility issues in outdoor spaces, and explain the architect’s responsibility to meet these guidelines.
ADA compliance issues set building projects back and cost the client and the design team valuable time and money. Because the ADA is a civil rights law which can be interpreted, many architects and contractors are uncertain how to plan for accessibility. Gaskins’ course uncovers what it takes to avoid common mistakes and design for ADA compliance to the letter of the law.
In addition to putting facility owners at risk, noncompliance also alienates a significant segment of the population, instead of serving them. Accessibility is important not only because it’s the law, but also because it’s the right thing to do.
The McIntosh Group (TMG) is a nationwide design firm specializing in accessibility, brand management and program management solutions. Based in Tulsa, Oklahoma, TMG is a leader in ADA compliant design, and is the only professional accessibility consultant licensed in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. For more information, visit ww.tmgada.com.