JPTA considers designing for accessibility an important component of the overall success of any building project. The need for accessible environments requires careful thought, an understanding of the Ontario Building Code and CSA Standard B651 for advanced parameters. In addition to this required knowledge, JPTA will also meet with a client’s Accessibility Committee to ensure that all aspects of their needs are observed, assessed and designed into the project.
For example, JPTA met with the both the Town of LaSalle’s and the Municipality of Leamington’s Accessibility Committees during the design development phase of their corporate office projects. These meetings addressed everything from: voice annunciators on the elevating system; to the argument for and against the use of touchless washroom lavatory faucets; to the use of tactile flooring patterns at stair landings, among numerous other items. In the end, Leamington’s new Town Hall building has now been recognized as a leading example of best practice solutions and code compliance for all government buildings in Essex County. The building is featured in video presentations by the Essex County Accessibility Committee.