Provide a universally accessible site
Rationale: Implementing universal accessibility practices that support those with a broad range of abilities across a site ensures that all people are able to move freely between spaces and comfortably use facilities, contributing to increased physical activity, enhanced social inclusion, and decreased the risk of injury and psychological distress.
Demonstrate compliance with the below:
Universally Accessible Site (Full Credit):
Demonstrate compliance with all of the following requirements:
- Provide adjoining ramps and sloped access for all outdoor stairs or steps leading to a main entrance to the building(s).
- Ensure that all pedestrian paths, walkways, and crosswalks in paths of travel to all of the following outdoor areas within the building site or within 1/4 mile or 400 meters of the main building entrance are continuous, unobstructed and free of obstacles – such as impeding trees, planting pots, bike racks, steps, or other barriers – that may impede or cause difficulties for those with physical disabilities:
- outdoor amenities
- outdoor open spaces
- parking areas and garages
- route to at least one transit stop if the transit stop is located within a 1/2-mile or 800-meter walking distance of a main building entrance.
- Ensure that all outdoor stair surfaces within the building site meet one of the following:
- are coated with non-slip material.
- include tactile material at each step to indicate a change in level.
- Ensure all crosswalks and street crossings within the building site or within 1/4 mile or 400 meters of the main building entrance provide a crosswalk that includes two of the following:
- warning tactile surface to indicate the beginning of a crosswalk
- curb cuts or level surface crossing
- surface marking, such as clearly defined zebra lines
- electronic signaling device that includes both audible and flashing crosswalk signals.
- Annotated design drawings
- Annotated plans
- Annotated photographs
- Annotated maps