Accessibility 101: Common Construction Errors, New Codes & Tools for Architects
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When: Friday, December 13, 2019
9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Where: Pipe Trades Training Center
780 Commercial St.
San Jose, California  95112
United States
Contact: Chris Burnham

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ADA Training


This ADA training will focus on the most frequently targeted issues in ADA lawsuits, covering the building elements most frequently designed, constructed and inspected incorrectly.



  • San Francisco’s Accessible Business Entrance Program
  • 2019 CA Code Updates for Chapters 11A and 11B
  • Barrier Removal Obligations in New and Existing Facilities in the Americans with Disabilities Act Standards
  • Drawings, Specifications, and Field Surveying for Accessibility
  • Making Decisions in Accessibility Products and Materials
  • Dimensional Tolerances and Most Common Construction Errors in Accessibility
  • Visit-ability, an approach to Universal Design in housing





Learning Objectives

  1. Will be familiar with the major changes in 11A and 11B for 2019 California Building Standards Code.
  2. Will understand the different federal and state obligations for accessibility in new and existing buildings, and the difference between an existing building versus new building.
  3. Will understand how to draw accessible elements with appropriate tolerances, and the correct use of methods tools in a field survey.
  4. Will understand the basic concept of visitability in residential design and possible changes in the future.





Arnie Lerner, FAIA, CASp

Lerner + Assoc. Architects

Lerner + Assoc., Architects and its principal, Arnie Lerner, FAIA, CASp, have been practicing within the preservation and disability communities in the San Francisco bay area for the past 37 years. Mr. Lerner is a Certified Access Specialist (CASp) with the state of California and as such has served as an expert and is experienced in reviewing university campus buildings, health care facilities, restaurants, hotels, residential condominiums and apartment, office, and commercial buildings for compliance with applicable state and federal construction-related accessibility standards. The firm has won design awards related to accessibility in a diverse range of projects including the historic Alameda County Courthouse, the Del Mar Theater in City of Santa Cruz, and the Haas Lilienthal House, a national treasure. Other accessibility consulting includes access surveys for the City of Berkeley’s Housing Authority and being appointed to serve as an expert, in the settlement and implementation of an accessibility lawsuit against the University of California. Mr. Lerner serves as a member of the San Francisco Access Appeals Commission, the SF Codes Advisory Committee, and is a member of the Education and Outreach Committee of the California Commission on Disability Access.


Rick Hollaran, CASp

Principal of City CASp Consulting

Mr. Halloran is a retired Senior Building Inspector, manager of the San Francisco Department of Building Inspection Technical Services Division. He retired as the Department ADA Coordinator and Secretary to The S.F. Access Appeals Commission. Mr Halloran is a CASp and founding member and first Director of Public Information for the Certified Access Specialist Institute (CASI). He has served on the California Building Officials (CALBO) Access Committee and currently teaches accessibility for this organization. He currently serves on the California Commission on Disabilities checklist subcommittee and has served on a number of DSA and HCD focus groups. Mr. Halloran currently serves as a Commissioner on the San Mateo Commission on Disabilities and has taught a 16 week, 3 unit class on disabled access regulations for the built environment at the College of San Mateo for the last 14 years. Mr. Halloran is currently engaged as the principal of City Casp Consulting.



8:30 AM Doors open, coffee, breakfast treats and water provided
9:00 AM Instruction begins
Mid-morning break

12:00 PM Lunch (included with admission)
12:30 PM Class resumes

3:00 PM Class ends with time for questions and answers



Before December 5
AIASVC Member: $125
General: $155

After December 5
AIASVC Member: $150
General + Walk-In Admission: $180

Cancellation Policy: Admission is transferable, please contact the office to make arrangements. Full refund will be given until end of the day, December 2, 2019