Project Description The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), enacted on July 26, 1990, provides comprehensive civil rights protections to persons with disabilities in the areas of employment, state and local government services, transportation, telecommunications and access to public accommodations.
In 1992, the City hired Schirmer Engineering Corporation to create an ADA Transition Plan to comply with Federal ADA regulations issued in July 1991. Since 1993, the Capital Improvement Program has included project PF-93009, Americans with Disabilities Act Compliance. This project has been used to fund improvements identified in the 1992 ADA Transition Plan, as well as other improvements that have been identified.
Since the creation of the 1992 plan, the City has acquired new buildings and taken responsibility for the maintenance of additional buildings. The weighted average age of the buildings is nearly 50 years. Thus, not all facilities meet current ADA standards as ADA codes have evolved. A comprehensive and updated ADA Transition Plan will help to ensure City programs, services, and activities are accessible to the public.
Scope of Work This project identifies potential noncompliant items and other physical barriers at City buildings, parking lots, and recreational facilities. The work to be performed under this contract includes the evaluation of site and program accessibility compliance to provide the basis for identification, prioritization, budgeting, and implementation of plans, as well as an updated plan and database which will be used in continuing efforts to comply with accessibility requirements as established by the ADA and State of California Building Code (CBC) accessibility provisions.
SZS Consulting Group completed Phase 1 of their field surveys and began Phase 2 on July 1st, 2016. Approximately 70% of City facilities have been evaluated to date. Self-assessments on existing City policies and practices are reviewed, and a draft report of recommendations is currently being prepared. As facility assessments are being performed, SZS Consulting Group is compiling a list of recommended policies per facility to remedy issues encountered.
On October 26th, 2015, SZS Consulting Group was contracted to complete the scope of work outlined above. Facility surveys started in the beginning of January 2016, and approximately 25% of City facilities have been evaluated to date. City staff has completed their respective self-assessments on City policies and practices related to public accessibility, and responses are currently being reviewed by SZS Consulting Group.