Do I Need to Make Modifications for ADA Compliance?

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a civil rights law that was passed in 1990 and which established protections for people with disabilities. Among other things, the Act created some building requirements that commercial must comply with. These requirements are designed to make facilities accessible to the disabilities, and unfortunately, many older buildings are not compliant with current ADA and other accessibility requirements.

Getting into compliance with the ADA may require modifications to your property, but they'll be less costly than violations or lawsuits. At SJW Commercial Concrete, our professional Virginia concrete experts can help you ensure that your commercial property is in complete compliance with the ADA. We're one of very few companies in the area who are qualified to build ADA compliant ramps, barriers, sidewalks, and more.

So when an ADA survey identifies deficiencies, when will the building need to be modified to be made compliant with ADA requirements?

ADA Compliance for Tenant Improvements

In an area that's occupied by tenants, both the tenant and the property owner are responsible for ADA compliance. The lease may allocate this responsibility, but actually, courts do not have a responsibility to enforce lease terms when it comes to ADA litigation. Generally, tenant and property owner responsibilities are divided as follows:

  • The tenant is responsible for operational issues within the tenant space.
  • The landlord is responsible to for physical issues and any necessary property improvements.

ADA Compliance for Areas of Property Without Tenants

In addition to the areas that are leased to tenants, building owners are responsible for ensuring access to other areas of the property as governed by the ADA. If the property owner is making alterations to the building, then the correction of ADA deficiencies is required at that time. However, if the removal of barriers to accessibility or accessibility improvements are "readily achievable" (that is, they can be accomplished easily and with little cost), then they may be required during normal operations.

The specifics vary for every site, but most of the time:

  • Structural changes are not considered "readily achievable".
  • Entry to the building and accessible parking changes are.

Our Virginia concrete contractors can help you determine which changes are required at which points. We'll be able to ensure that your commercial property is totally in compliance with the ADA.

If you're looking forADA compliance services in Virginia, call SJW Concrete at 804-464-7466, or fill out our online request form.


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