A publication for the faculty, staff, administrators, and friends of California State University, Chico
October 13, 2005 Volume 36 / Number 2

 

Accessibility Update

October is National Disability Awareness Month. In recognition of the importance of all employees, students, and visitors to CSU, Chico, following is an update of current and upcoming Americans with Disabilities Act projects and information about how ADA projects are completed by Facilities Management Services.

Current Projects

  • PAC elevator An accessible elevator is now operational and provides access to all floors of the Performing Arts Center.
  • Laxson ramp A new wheelchair ramp was constructed in Laxson Auditorium that provides full access from the audience to the stage.
  • PHSC labs One lab table in each of four Physical Science classrooms (104, 105, 106, and 108) was modified for wheelchair accessibility.
  • Ayres 106 The "Little Theatre" was renovated, with new fixed seating, new instructor's mediated podium and raised platform with ramp, new wheelchair seating area, new carpet, new paint, one automatic door opener, and other improvements.
  • Taylor accessibility project First-floor restrooms were modified for full accessibility, exterior handrails were installed at the west entrance ramp and steps, and directional signs were installed.
  • Ongoing ADA accessibility needs are incorporated into new projects including stage replacements, fixed seating replacement, and remodels. As water fountains, faucets, doorknobs, and other fixtures need replacing, they are replaced with ADA accessible fixtures.

Upcoming Projects

  • Kendall accessibility project A new single-occupancy accessible restroom will be constructed near the northwest building entrance and will use a portion of the space in room 115. This restroom will be fully ADA compliant with space for wheelchair side transfer. Also, the ramps and handrails at the southwest and east entrances will be replaced.
  • Trinity accessibility project A new single-occupancy accessible restroom will be constructed near the elevator lobby and will use a portion of the space in room 139. This restroom will be fully ADA compliant with space for wheelchair side transfer. Also, new compliant handrails will be installed at three exterior ramps.

How?

  • Projects are identified by the ADA Committee, Disability Support Services, Facilities Planning, FMS, other campus departments, and other individuals who want to create an accessible environment of the University.
  • Funding comes from a variety of sources. Projects are managed by FMS. Contact them at www.csuchico.edu/fms .

Yvonne Bealer
Facilities Management Services
Member of campus ADA Committee