Multi-Level Buildings

General Guidelines
  • Are there ramps, lifts, or elevators to all levels?
  • On each level, if there are stairs between the entrance and/or elevator and essential public areas, is there an accessible alternate route?
  • For levels not serviced by an elevator, ramp, or lift:
    • Do treads have a non-slip surface?
    • Do stairs have continuous rails on both sides, with extensions beyond the top and bottom stairs?
Elevator Guidelines
  • Are there both visible and verbal or audible door opening/closing and floor indicators (one tone = up, two tones = down)?
  • Are the call buttons in the hallway no higher than 42"?
  • Do the controls inside the cab have raised and Braille lettering?
  • Is there a sign on both doorjambs at each floor identifying the floor in raised and Braille letters?
  • If an emergency intercom is provided, is it usable without voice communication?
  • Is the emergency intercom identified by Braille and raised letters?
Lifts / Elevator Alternative Guidelines
  • Can the lift be used without assistance? If not, is a call button provided?
  • Is there at least 30" x 48" of clear space for a person in a wheelchair to approach to reach the controls and use the lift?
  • Are controls between 15 and 48" high?
Further Information
For more information regarding these guidelines, please contact Building Services or call us at 563.589.4150.