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BOMA publishes guide on ADA compliance.

The final rutes of the Americans with Disabilities Act, which will require building owners to widen doorways, lower elevator panels and remove all barriers to the disabled, have been issued, and owners must now comply. With little time for remodeling and construction, the Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) International has published a complete checklist for compliance to Title 111 (public accommmodations) of the ADA. The ADA Compliance Guidebook: A Checklist for Your Building will allow building owners and managers to conduct a thorough, walk-through survey of their buildings to determine what must be done by the Jan. 26, 1992 deadline.

"If BOMA International can educate its members on what is needed to comply with the ADA and how they can more effectively work with whatever compliance experts they may employ, then we have accomplished our goal of seeing to the needs of the disabled in our buildings and providing our members with the tools they need to comply voluntarily, "said Stephen P. Hokanson, CPM, president of BOMA International.

BOMA International is initiating the building assessment process to assist building owners and managers in establishing "good faith efforts" in complying with the rules. The "good faith effort" is a recommendation of the Department of Justice in avoiding litigation resulting from claims of discrimination.

The 80-page checklist is designed for use with budgets and work orders. It is divided into three separate sections: the General Section provides overall information regarding application of the technical requirements appearing in the subsequent section; the Technical Elements Section consists of 29 distinct elements for which there are specific requirements to make the element accessible for persons with disabilities; and the Special Application Section lists any specific occupancies that are subject to additional requirements. Additional space is provided for "checking off" requirements a building currently meets, and for note taking or sketching specific building areas.

To order the Checklist, contact BOMA International at (202) 408-2685. The cost is $40 or $30 with a BOMA membership discount.
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Title Annotation:Building Owners and Managers Association International, Americans With Disabilities Act
Publication:Real Estate Weekly
Date:Oct 2, 1991
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