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1 1 WELCOME A Webinar Series Sponsored by the Wisconsin Department of Health Services Webcast #6 What’s So Hard About Building a Ramp? With Amy McGrath, Movin’ Out, Inc. and Tom Hirsch, AIA

2 2 What’s So Hard About Building a Ramp?

3 3 It requires attention to: N eeds of the Person A ssessment of their Situation P lanning

4 4 It requires input from others who do: Design Zoning/Building Permits Construction Contracting

5 5 It requires answers to: Do you have a plan? Do you have the financing you’ll need? Do you have drawings/specifications that will work for the person? Do you have a building permit? Do you have a contractor? Have you signed a contract with the builder that includes information on costs, time, materials and specifications?

6 6 It requires assessment of: (The home modifications trinity) Public Scrutiny Financially Sound High Quality Will it pass the test? Is it a good investment?Does it meet minimum standards?

7 7 So, you (still) want to build a ramp? What you will need to know… and some things to avoid.

8 8 Ramps provide no-step transition between 2 levels “Rise = vertical distance to overcome “Run” = horizontal distance over which the rise occurs Ratio of Rise / Run = “Slope” referred to as 1:12, 1 in 12, 1 inch per foot Building Code term “Ramp” means any pathway greater than 1:20 slope, and which may not exceed 1:12.

9 9 Required elements of a ramp [ Sec 405, ANSI A ] Landings at both top and bottom Cross Slope Floor surfaces Clear Width Maximum Rise Handrails Edge protection

10 10 Required elements of a ramp [ Sec 405, ANSI A ] Landings at both top and bottom - 60” in direction of travel Cross Slope max of 1:48 Floor surfaces - Non-slip & self draining Clear Width of at least 36” (measured between handrails) Maximum Rise of 30” Handrails ” AFF & grasp-able [see Sec 505 ] Edge protection within 4” of the floor

11 11 Alternatives to ramps: Match the exterior approach and the first floor

12 12 Alternatives to ramps: Match the exterior approach and the first floor:

13 13 Alternatives to ramps: Match the exterior approach and the first floor:

14 14 Alternatives to ramps: Inclined walk

15 15 Construction In existing homes, overcoming 16-24” rise is common, so planning is important  How steep a ramp can the user handle?  Location: zoning setbacks may apply and generally do if there is a roof  Layout: single or multiple runs

16 16 Construction Frost protection to prevent heaving

17 17 Construction Every run requires a landing, top & bottom. Treated lumber must be used for exterior, wooden ramps.

18 18 Non-slip surface 3/8” gaps are the maximum allowed to prevent wheelchair wheels from engaging the openings

19 19 Non-Slip Surface

20 20 The Finished Product Useable… and safe!

21 21 Other Finished Products Useable... and safe!

22 22 Other Finished Products Inside matches the Outside Not useable… or safe

23 23 Other Finished Products Neither useable... or safe!

24 24 Other Finished Products Neither useable … or safe

25 25 Other Finished Products Neither useable … or safe!

26 26 Like all Other Home Modifications… Safe Appropriate for and useable by the person its built for A good investment and a responsible use of funds A ramp needs to be:

27 27 Thank You Thank you for participating in the Home Modifications Webinar series. If you missed any webcasts or want to revisit them, the power point presentations can be found on the Movin’ Out, Inc. website at (An electronic guide will also be available on the site within the next month, after receiving feedback and compiling all questions asked during the series.)www.movin-out.org The recorded presentations are available through the DHS archived webcasts site at

28 28 Feedback Webinar Series Feedback Please send your feedback regarding the webinar series to Such as things you wish had been covered but weren’t, things that were covered that you wish hadn’t been, webcasts you would like in the future regarding housing (or other topics), whether or not the series was worth your time additional questions you would like answered

29 29 Credits Webinar Series developed and coordinated by Movin’ Out, Inc. Movin’ Out is a statewide housing agency that works with people with disabilities to develop solutions to their short and long term housing needs. Contact information at Presenters: Movin’ Out staff: Amy McGrath, Howard Mandeville, David Porterfield Sam Breidenbach, TDS Custom Construction Jim Gormley, Attorney, Foley and Lardner, LLP Tom Hirsch, AIA, Hirsch Group, LLC Larry Taff, CR, GCP, CAPS General Contractor, TZ of Madison, Inc. Matt Tucker, Zoning Administrator, City of Madison Mike Van Erem, Plan Review Specialist, City of Madison


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