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Looking Beyond Codes & Regulations: What's Working in Accessible Design Seminar
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When: 10/24/2019
9:00 AM
Where: Des Moines Register Conference Room
400 Locust St
Des Moines, Iowa  50309
United States
Contact: Amy Spike

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Seminar Description:
This advanced architectural program examines key accessibility concepts and regulations of the 2010 DOJ Standards for Accessible Design and the 2017 International Code Council/A117.1 in an innovative format oriented toward practical solutions. We apply accessible design concepts using real world examples, examining what’s required; what’s changing; what’s harmonized; what works; and what does not work for people with disabilities, contractors, designers and code officials. The course delves into the shifting perceptions and applications of accessibility and mobility devices in society that brought about the new ICC/A117.1 expanded wheelchair footprints, turning radius’, and other fundamental changes that impact square footages, costs and business. We examine how those new ICC/A117.1 provisions do and do-not harmonize with the 2010 DOJ Standards. Throughout the full day program, we examine interpretations, technical assistance and clarifications from the US Access Board and the Dept. of Justice, designers, agencies and persons with disabilities, and technical assistance experts.


Dr. Arvid E. Osterberg
Arvid is a Professor at Iowa State University, Department of Architecture. He has published multiple research papers and most notable 3 editions of the book entitled, "Access for Everyone". Also at ISU he has completed more than 220 accessibility plan reviews of capital projects for new campus buildings, additions, and rehabilitation projects (including consultations, internal reports, and/or memos) for the University Architect and project management staff at Facilities, Planning, and Management. He provides specific recommendations that were shared with ISU project managers, construction managers, architects, landscape architects and interior designers, as well as outside consultants
and architectural firms that were contracted by ISU during the projects (1986-present). He also developed 9 new interdisciplinary courses for the department including; “Design for All People'.

Richard Sternadori

Richard is the Project Coordinator and Research Director for the University of Missouri (MU) Great Plains ADA Center since 2008.  He is registered with the American Institute of Architects and holds a Masters of Architecture from MU where he is an Instructor with the Department of Architecture. Richard also has Masters of Education in Counseling Psychology, with a specialty in disabilities rehabilitation.   His background includes residential and high-rise construction as a union master carpenter, followed by 15 years as Chief Building Official and Zoning Administrator. Highlights include two awards from the International Code Council for leadership. Richard chaired the ICC Contractor Licensing Committee, whose work led to the current contractor licensing exams used today by all 50 states. Governor Joan Finney appointed Rich to the Kansas State Board of Technical Professions, which oversees education and licensing for architects, engineers and surveyors. Richard is the liaison between the ADA Centers and the ICC and directs the design track for the annual ADA National Symposiums.  He’s a published researcher and author, conducting and publishing accessibility research regarding community accessibility, design, aging and livability. 

Learning Objectives: 

1. Participants will become familiar with the contact information, roles and various services available to them by the Federal network of ADA Centers.
2. Participants will understand the underlying intent and the specific requirements of the American’s With Disabilities Act (ADA) and the ADA Standards for Accessible Design (ADASAD).
3. Participants will gain an appreciation of why inclusive design results in accessible environments that work better for users and stand the test of time.
4. Attendees will gain a comprehensive understanding of the 2010 DOJ SAD guidelines as applied in new construction and alterations. Training topics include key features of accessible parking, accessible routes, restrooms and other elements that generate ongoing questions in the industry.
5. Participants will be able to demonstrate an understating of the differences and harmonization between the Federal regulations and the significant changes approved by the International Code Council (ICC) in the 2017 ICC/A117.1
6. Attendees can demonstrate an understanding of the anthropometric and medical research and impact on persons with disabilities as the foundations of accessible design.

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AIA Continuing Education

By attending this seminar, AIA members will earn 6.5 HSW AIA CES LUs. AIA Iowa is an AIA CES Approved Provider (#A023) with The American Institute of Architects Continuing Education System. Credit earned on completion of this program will be reported to AIA CES for AIA members. Certificates of Completion are available upon request.

Architectural Experience Program and AIA Continuing Education

Interns may earn AXP Supplemental Experience hours by completing approved AIA Continuing Education programs – one AIA CEU/LU is equal to one AXP experience hour. When submitting to NCARB, Learning Units (LUs) must be documented on the intern’s AIA transcript. Any intern in AXP can request a free AIA Transcript by visiting the AIA website

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