ADA Transition Plan


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.

Project Status

The public outreach comment period is currently closed, and survey responses are being reviewed by the City and SZS Consulting Group. The City will use the collected information to reprioritize the Transition Plan schedule. Comments or specific deficiencies will be evaluated for inclusion in the Plan prior to its adoption by City Council. Thank you for submitting surveys responses!

From May 13 to June 27, 2019, the City of Palo Alto held a 45-day public outreach comment period to gain input in updating its Transition Plan for feedback on facility prioritization. The City held three community meetings in May 2019 for the public to give feedback to the plan at Rinconada Library, Mitchell Park Community Center, and College Terrace Library.

In December 2018, the City amended the contract with SZS Consulting Group to include the public outreach process for the transition plan schedule prioritization. 

In September 2017, the City received a draft ADA Transition Plan Implementation Schedule for all public City facilities and reviewed the prioritization of the facilities based on public needs, age of facility, budget, and upcoming known Capital Improvement Projects.
At the end of January 2017, SZS Consulting Group finished evaluating all City facilities included in Phase 2. City staff is reviewing the provided draft reports and the recommended prioritization list for remediation. SZS Consulting Group will then prepare the final ADA Transition Plan for all public City facilities.

On August 8, 2016, SZS Consulting Group completed Phase 1 of their field surveys and began Phase 2 on July 1st, 2016. Self-assessments on existing City policies and practices were reviewed, and a draft report of recommendations is currently being prepared. SZS Consulting Group also compiled 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.

Project Documents

  • Approval of Contract Amendment No. 1 with SZS Consulting Group – Staff Report #8573
  • ADA Transition Plan Update: Public Outreach Process
  • Approval of Contract with SZS Consulting Group -- Staff Report #6050

Contact Information

Public Works Engineering Services Division 
Project Manager: Matt Raschke,