The McIntosh Group’s principal, M. Bradley Gaskins, AIA, CASp, will represent NACS, The Association for Convenience and Fuel Retailing, as a full voting member on the International Code Council (ICC), American National Standards Institute (ANSI) A117.1, Consensus Committee on Accessible and Usable Buildings and Facilities. Gaskins is a licensed architect for the Tulsa based architecture firm, The McIntosh Group. He is a nationally known expert on compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and has extensive knowledge of not only the regulations, but also the convenience store industry.
The committee is responsible for setting minimum building codes that are accepted in all 50 states and the District of Columbia, as well as developing an accessibility standard that ensures buildings are accessible to people with disabilities. The Department of Justice utilized these building codes and standard during the development of Title III of the ADA.
“I am proud to be a member of a committee focused on accessible and usable buildings and facilities,” said Gaskins. “The McIntosh Group will help educate our clients on new technical requirements developed by the committee. My objective is to share, with the committee for their deliberations, the potential impact of the standards on our clients and continue to advocate for commonsense solutions.”
NACS is an international trade association representing more than 2,100 retail and 1,600 supplier company members. They serve the convenience and fuel retailing industry by providing industry knowledge, connections and advocacy to ensure the competitive viability of its members’ businesses.
“It is important that NACS members are represented during the process of creating new accessibility codes and standards,” said Corey Fitze, NACS Director of Government Relations. “Convenience stores are unique in so many ways, it is essential that we have an expert in not only ADA architecture but also an architect who has worked on thousands of convenience stores to advocate practical solutions on behalf of NACS members.”