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When constructing a new building or as part of a purchase or rehabilitation of an older building, either commercial or residential, the property must comply with federal and local accessibility requirements. Before breaking ground, it’s important to understand the various laws and regulations surrounding accessibility.

Accessibility standards frequently overlap, with many buildings covered by multiple federal laws as well as state and local requirements. A typical multi-family development is required to comply with ADA, FHA, and local codes. Our team of experts can help you navigate compliance with overlapping requirements, ensuring peace of mind for building owners, contractors, and the design team.

Our professionals at Higgins & Associates can provide comprehensive training to designers, contractors, and building owners to help them navigate the complex landscape of accessibility requirements. Learning the requirements will help ensure compliance while also reducing your potential exposure to legal issues.

Contact our specialists for accessibility consulting services.

Accessibility Requirements We Can Help With

Our experts can help you with various aspects of accessibility standards so you are prepared for any eventualities. We provide comprehensive assessments for the following accessibility standards for properties across the country:

  • Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA): The ADA is the cornerstone of accessibility legislation in the United States. Titles II and III laws ensure access for all users in government and commercial buildings. Our professionals can help you understand the complexities of the ADA Standards for Accessible Design, helping to ensure your property is compliant and your building is accessible to all occupants.
  • Federal Fair Housing Amendments Act (FHA): While similar to the ADA, the FHA focuses on accessibility requirements in residential multi-family settings. We offer design review and training programs for designers, contractors, property managers and developers on the FHA's regulations. We also advise on best practices for creating accessible housing options, including safe harbors for design.
  • Uniform Federal Accessibility Standard (UFAS): Residential projects receiving federal funding (commonly called Section 504 housing) must comply with the requirements of UFAS. Higgins & Associates can review your property or project for compliance with the standard and provide the required third party review required by lenders.
  • ICC/ANSI A117.1: Local building codes commonly reference ANSI A117.1 for accessibility requirements. Our team can review your project to ensure compliance with the latest standard.

We Can Act as ADA Expert Witnesses

Whether someone has made the claim that your property isn’t ADA- or FHA-compliant, or you are suing a building owner because their property isn’t accessible, we’re here to offer guidance. With our extensive knowledge of accessibility requirements and design standards , we can act as expert witnesses during legal proceedings. We will investigate the matters of the case and provide our professional insight, giving you the litigation support you need.

Our skilled team at Higgins & Associates is here to ensure your property is accessible and safe for all occupants. Contact us today to learn more.

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Sarah B. Bergstrom, AIA, NCARB, ICC-CAI

Sarah B. Bergstrom, AIA, NCARB, ICC-CAI

Senior Project Architect, Architectural Services
Mary Jean McCarthy-Tapp, AIA, NCARB, CFPS, ICC-CAI

Mary Jean McCarthy-Tapp, AIA, NCARB, CFPS, ICC-CAI

Architectural Services Department Manager

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