Workplace Design Principles

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Universal Design in the Workplace: Common Design Flaws January 22, 2009

Filed under: Philosophical,Workplace Design — ia2studio @ 6:06 am
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When universal design is a top priority of your client it is imperative to gain an extensive knowledge of what constitutes a compliant workplace.  Standard accessibility dimensions can easily be retrieved from a book but there are some common designs flaws that even the skilled designer can overlook.

1.        It is typical for facility managers to standardize components to save money.  This means that many worksurfaces are actually mounted to the tops of file pedestals.  This cost-   saving solution can accommodate most workers but will cause accessibility compliance issues (Whitson).


2.        Access control systems device heights are commonly mounted too high to be universally accessible (McPherson).


3.       Accessible parking spaces often do not have access aisles (Wilson).



McPherson, Ron. “ADA integration.” Buildings. 95.9 (September 2001): 26.

Whitson, Alan. “Feel the churn? Universal plan is one way to mitigate the cost of change.” Buildings. 91 (March 1997): 64

Wilson, Marianne. “ADA Myths Remain.” Chain Store Age. 82.1 (January 2006): 104.

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