By Jim Beaugez
October 22, 2014
DESIGNING TO MEET ADA COMPLIANCE HAS BENEFITS EVEN WHEN NOT REQUIRED
“We see [assistive listening systems] as a win for the client to improve communication, a win for the consultant to inform and be viewed as an expert, and a win for the integrator to remind their clients of the tax benefits,” said Cory Schaeffer of Listen Technologies, speaking of projects such as the Gates Corporation building in Denver, CO (pictured).
Should your corporate boardroom AV installation design comply with federal regulations for assistive listening devices?
Integrators should already be aware of the assistive listening requirements that impact newly constructed or altered government facilities, public accommodations, and commercial facilities under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Standards for Accessible Design revised as of March 15, 2012.
But for integrators whose client lists include private corporations, determining if that new corporate boardroom AV job qualifies as a commercial facility can be tricky.
A building may contain both commercial facilities and places of public accommodation, and if it’s a commercial for-profit, nonreligious entity, then the overall facility is required to comply with the ADA guidelines, according to Cory Schaeffer, vice president of business development and co-founder of Listen Technologies.
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Article from Mid-Atlantic ADA Center E-Bulletin