Removing Barriers Successfully to Provide Access to All

Applying accessibility regulations to existing buildings is complex. Equip yourself with a plan for tackling barriers to renovation.


When you have numerous deficiencies in an existing building, where do you begin? Removing barriers for renovation and alteration projects is easier when you have excellent options and strategies for doing so. This course provides the guidance you need to understand the complexity around barrier removal and provide solutions for removal, and answers to common questions, such as "Is there such a thing as being grandfathered?" and "Why is the plan's examiner asking us to confirm that 20% of the construction cost is for resolving barrier-removal matters?"

Applying accessibility regulations to existing buildings is complex. It's critical you understand these regulations and how they may apply to your current and future projects. Examples covered include parking, exterior accessible routes, interior accessible routes, common restrooms, amenity and common spaces, and employee common areas. By equipping yourself with a plan for tackling barriers to renovation, you'll help ensure your firm avoids costly redesigns—and headaches.

Learning objectives

  • Identify the applicable accessibility codes and standards that apply to buildings and sites.
  • Understand the significance of barrier removal in an existing building and the parameters associated with the task.
  • Pinpoint typical barrier-removal items and solutions to possible challenges.
  • Describe the means and methods of determining what barriers you may face in an existing building or site—and the action plans needed to rectify them.
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 $45  non-member
 $30  member
1.00 LU
  • ADA
  • HSW
  • RIBA


  • Peter Huitzacua

    Manager, Accessibility and Operations | Carnegie Hall

    Peter Huitzacua has been the Manager of Accessibility and Operations at Carnegie Hall since 2008....
  • Matthew Lescher

    Sr. Project Consultant | CCI

    Matt Lescher joined CCI in 2007. He has provided accessibility consultation on numerous projects...
  • Amy Murdock

    Principal | CCI

    Ms. Murdock joined CCI in 1998 and is a Principal of the code consultation division. Primary...