Glass Door ADA Compliance: Three Things to Know

Everyone involved in architecture, design or construction who works with a glass partition will want to make sure the glass door element of their project is ADA compliant. Thankfully, three simple steps make this easy to achieve. </p

Our ‘coffee break checklist’ outlines a recommended approach to make sure you’re using some readily available help to stay code compliant.

Read on for a reminder explaining what makes ADA compliance vital plus discover the support available to help ensure your project is up to code.

Glass Door ADA Compliance Made Easy

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The potential consequences of ADA non-compliance in a project are, of course, serious and far-reaching. The risks involved if ADA requirements are overlooked? Fines, lawsuits and reputational damage.

That’s why the clients we work with all agree that meeting ADA rules is a must.

We strongly suggest….

    1. Awareness: The most important first step for ADA and State code compliance is awareness that compliance requirements exist.
      • These include demands like 10” clearance on the push side of door, 32” clearance when doors open, 5 lbs push or pull force, distraction markers at 30” and 60” AFF (NY Labor Law).
      • While the final responsibility rests with you, steps (2) and (3) will help ensure the latest code is applied.
    2. Support: Working with a professional glass partition supplier will mean your partition specialist is extremely familiar with ADA and code requirements.
      • That’s why we recommend that, whether you’re a new or existing MetroWall client, you contact us as early as possible. Even during the Test Fit stage we highly recommend that you speak to a member of the MetroWall team so things like door swing and furniture layout with walls can also be considered.
      • Our goal is to not only make sure compliance and design intent are both satisfied but also check how factors like hardware and acoustics will work so the space functions correctly.
    3. Education: Continuous, specialist training helps you stay one step ahead of compliance demands and reviews how glass partitions can be used in your work.
      • For example, MetroWall’s American Institute of Architects training covers many ADA/ code essentials and counts towards AIA annual credits.
      • The course outlines the abundant options and benefits of glass walls in the workplace and is purpose-designed to help with seamlessly integrating glass into drawings and into the construction process.

The advantages and disadvantages, as well as the aesthetics, of different systems and options are covered plus the future of glass partitions is discussed during the course. The course also reveals insights into the impact of glass partitions on well-being of employees at work plus safety with glass types, code compliance, etc.

In short, the course gives you more options to present to clients to help create a first-rate office environment.

Combining the three recommendations above, by maintaining ADA compliance awareness and education while leveraging the support available, will help remove the risk of non-compliance from glass door projects.

Why MetroWall?

We’re proud to be much more than just a supplier for the professionals who rely on us for expert help to make their glass partition project as easy as possible.

That’s because our team uses years of industry experience to approach each project as a consultant to ensure successful project outcomes.

Then, we design, manufacture, store and install our glass partitions ourselves right here in New York.

Ultimately, professionals work for us for two big reasons: our 15 years of experience and our local inventory as this means expertise without the delays!

For product inspiration plus sustainability and LEED data click here. To speak to a MetroWall wall partition specialist simply contact us. We’re here to help.

See also: Sustainable Design and Your Project, Delivering Projects in Turbulent Times

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