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Law, Societies and Justice 332 May 22, 2007 Group Two April Monastrial Carolyn Thayer Corrina Emerick James Malone Leisl Bauman Megan Hanse Kane Hall Architectural Accessibility Survey
Kane Hall Overview Kane Hall is a classroom-auditorium building Kane Hall was built in 1971 Kane Hall has the largest lecture halls on the UW campus; some rooms can seat more than 720 people In addition to classrooms, Kane Hall also houses the Walker-Ames Reception Room for large gatherings Kane Hall also houses a number of departments: -Classroom Support Services (CSS) -UWTV
Kane Hall is intended for large classes, lectures, gatherings and receptions Many entry-level undergraduate courses are held in Kane Hall Kane Hall houses both UW and non-UW activities, such as SAT testing and outside conferences Kane Overview, Cont.
Kane Hall Location Kane Hall is located in the “North Central” area Kane Hall sits at the northeast end of Red Square Kane Hall is above the Central Plaza parking garage and is relatively close to 15th avenue
Kane Hall Classroom Overview The following table shows the size of each classroom in Kane Hall. This does not include the Walker-Ames room or any other rooms. LevelRoomSeats
Kane Hall Accessibility Survey Our survey of Kane Hall is founded on the “Facility Checklist” worksheet Survey took place on May 1, 2007 Survey was conducted during normal building hours between 14:00-16:00 Questions on ADA building practices were addressed by referencing a professional interior designer and an ADA text
Kane Hall Accessibility Overview Kane Hall meets most though not all ADA requirements Most requirements are met at minimum level For such a large and central building, Kane is not nearly accessible enough Remodeling projects in Kane have failed to rectify many major problems Many problems are not necessarily specific to Kane Hall
Cultural Construction of Disability through Kane Hall Kane Hall is created with able-bodies individuals in mind; persons with disabilities have been “retrofitted” into the building as needed As Mutua observes, accessibility and spontaneity are almost inversely related; in Kane Hall one must follow a very rigid and set path Therefore, we must question why Kane is constructed in such a way - surely it seems not to be out of consideration for individuals with disabilities Most accessible areas are in the basement of Kane Hall; this puts individuals with disabilities outside of the public sphere into a less visited place Accessibility features and devices are often camouflaged which makes them harder to see as distinct from the environment If disability is culturally constructed, what can we say about only doing the bare minimum as required by law?
Approach and Entrance to Kane Hall
NOT stable, firm and slip- resistant Route of travel
Too long, poorly designed Ramps
Sign for Kane Hall is poorly placed and designed Kane Hall Signs
Cuts are poorly placed Curbs
Unclear, possibly dangerous Parking and Drop-Off
Van-accessible spots not marked well, confusing signs Parking and Drop-Off, Cont.
Loading dock a possibility; poorly marked, shady Parking and Drop-Off, Cont.
Some inaccessible doors have no signs Entrance
Some entrances are poorly designed and lit Entrance, Cont.
Lacks needed information, flat print text only Accessibility Sign
Most entry doors, when open, are 31” wide; poor signs; likely take more than 5lb/f to open Entry Doors
Some alarms do not have light indicators; very poor switch placement Emergency Egress
Signs are poorly designed; no raised text Emergency Signs
Access to Programs/Services in Kane Hall
Door pulls likely require > 9lb/f and are hard to open with closed fist Doors to rooms
Some objects protrude into the route of travel; hard to find with cane Obstacles in Route of Travel
Poor design and placement Signs
Poor design and placement Signs, Cont.
Wheelchair seating at front and back only Seating
Wheelchair spaces are filled with other chairs Seating, Cont.
Freight elevator, usably by public, does not have tones or braille controls Elevators
All elevators do not have speech- independent emergency intercoms installed; poor signs Elevators, Cont.
Usability of Restrooms in Kane Hall
Not tactile; poor placement Bathroom Signs
Awkward configuration and poor placement frustrate Entry Into Bathroom
Very poor door placement; it is only 34.5” wide Path to Fixtures
Poor design complicates sink use Fixture Placement
Rim too high, not enough clear space to floors Lavatories (not pictured - people were becoming cross)
Additional Access in Kane Hall
Spout too high at 43” & poor choice (in remodeled area) Drinking Fountains
Very poor spacing; too high (57”); no signs for phones Telephones
Poor placement in many areas Trash Receptacles
Missing; hope you do not need it Fire Suppression Equipment