Garaventa Lift Project of the Month for May

Congratulations to UPPER CANADA ELEVATORS, winners of the Garaventa Lift Project of the Month for their submission of photos of a recent Elvoron Stella installation in an Ottawa-area residence. This luxury residential elevator was also furnished with a Garaventa Elevator Enclosure and glass panels. The result is a georgeous home elevator installation and this month’s winner!

 

Residential Elevator Car Operating Panel

Stella Model with Factory-built enclosure and glass panels

Residential Glass Elevator

Stella Model with Factory-built enclosure and glass panels

Residential Glass Elevator

Stella Model with Factory-built enclosure and glass panels

Residential Glass Elevator

Stella Model with Factory-built enclosure and glass panels

NYC LOSES EVACUATION LAWSUIT

FOUND IN VIOLATION OF THE A.D.A. DURING SANDY AFTERMATH

The plaintiffs claimed the city violated the Americans with Disability Act in the aftermath of Super Storm Sandy for a number of reasons:

•    Many of the evacuation shelters were inaccessible to people in wheelchairs
•    There was inadequate transportation to help disabled people evacuate
•    Emergency officials had no plan to find and rescue those trapped

Judge Jesse Furman wrote:
 “…the city’s plans are inadequate to ensure that people with disabilities are able to evacuate before or during an emergency.  http://www.wnyc.org/story/nyc-loses-lawsuit-over-sandy-evacuation-disabled/

EVACUATE EVERYONE SAFELY WITH THE EVACU-TRAC CD-7

Emergency evacuation chair features:

  • hydraulic speed governor
  • fail-safe braking system
  • easy passenger transfer
  • stable and comfortable ride

http://www.garaventalift.com/en/products/evacuation-chairs.html

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/