Universal Design Means No Knobs

Vancouver City Hall has opted to remove all of the door knobs in the building and replace them with levers. This might seem like a waste, but consider that all City Halls are facilities frequently used by the public. Designing spaces for public use requires the designer to recognize the need for Universal Design. Universal Design produces spaces that are accessible for all members of the public, regardless of ability. Not only are they doing this at City Hall, but they have passed an accessible housing bylaw that requires all new buildings to include levers instead of knobs.

The story was published here: http://ca.news.yahoo.com/blogs/dailybrew/doorknobs-banned-vancouver-homes-could-city-next-194226250.html

For more information regarding Universal Design, please visit http://udinstitute.org/

Garaventa Stair-Trac Provides Immediate Relief

Stair-Trac Portable Wheelchair LiftsWe sometimes take accessibility for granted. But when it was taken away from a Principal at a school in Queens, New York, it was clear that a solution was needed right away. The solution is a Stair-Trac by Garaventa Lift. It is an innovative product: a portable wheelchair lift.

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New Branch Office Now Open in Alabama

Branch Office in Alabama Grand Opening

Garaventa Lift announces the Grand Opening of the new Alabama office. Garaventa Lift has been open in Alabama since April 2011.

Prattville Mayor helps christen Garaventa Lift Alabama
Prattville Mayor Bill Gillespie, Jr. made an appearance at the Grand Opening to show his support.

Michael Crumpton (L) and Vince Sciamanna pose at the new office.
Michael Crumpton and Vince Sciamanna declare Garaventa Lift’s new office “Open for Business”

Garaventa Lift USA is very pleased to announce the opening of our new office in Prattville, Alabama. The increased office, training center and shop space will allow us to continue our growth in Alabama, spearheaded by Alabama Branch Manager, Mr. Michael Crumpton (5th from the right).

Among those joining Michael for the Grand Opening ribbon-cutting ceremony are representatives from the Prattville Chamber of Commerce, staff from other branches of Garaventa Lift in the USA and Canada and Mr. Vince Sciamanna, Director of Business Development for Garaventa Lift.

Even Prattville Mayor Bill Gillespie, Jr. dropped in to show his support. Thanks, Mayor Gillespie!