Architectural Plan Reviews

Accessibility Simplified experts work with architects, engineers, designers, and planners to ensure buildings and urban environments comply with all codes, standards and legislation, for new structures and renovations of existing structures.

Complying with all applicable codes, standards and legislation is the shared responsibility of the design team, developer/contractor, and property owner, taking a proactive approach to accessibility compliance is vital for your project’s success

 

Accessibility Simplified consultants are able to provide the following architectural services:

  • Establishing accessibility criteria

  • Determining which of many codes and standards are applicable to the project (mandatory and optional) and developing comparative code matrices.

  • Accessibility Plan Reviews throughout the Design Process

  • Detailed, prioritized report of audited findings which identify compliance issues and provide remediation recommendations to the design team on how to correct elements of non-compliance before the final documentation and construction phases.

  • Comprehensive pre/post occupancy facility compliance audits.

 

Accessibility Simplified collaborates with owners and project partners as a member of the design team to provide accessibility reviews at various stages of design and construction documents to identify potential deficiencies that impact compliance with building code and human rights legislation. Deliverables include electronic mark-ups and deficiency remediation recommendations.

Case Study - Art Gallery | Condo |Education

 

Marnie Peters & Co Inc. (now Accessibility Simplified)

worked with a diverse project team to apply a universal design and accessibility lens in the development of the built and landscape environments for the re-development City of Ottawa Art Gallery (OAG).

 

The new development also included the addition of a hotel and condominium, as well as student classrooms and performance space associated with the University of Ottawa.

​Activities including an accessibility audit of the existing art gallery, including the heritage building, conducted 30-60-90 % accessibility reviews of architectural drawings for built and landscape environments; conducted post-occupancy audits of all built facilities and public realm.

Case Study - Stadium | Retail & Commercial

 

Marnie Peters & Co Inc. (now Accessibility Simplified)

helped the project team understand the integral importance of accessibility and the necessity to apply a universal design and accessibility lens in the development of the built and landscape environments for the re-development of the public realm and built facilities of Lansdowne Park, a City of Ottawa 18-acre (7.3 ha) historic sports, exhibition and entertainment facility.

 

Scope of work included partnering in the development and presentation of the Accessibility Framework to guide all project development and activities; completed accessibility audits of existing buildings; conducted 30-60-90 % accessibility reviews of architectural drawings for built and landscape environments; conducted post-occupancy audits of all built facilities and public realm; worked with additional design teams to address accessibility of signage, wayfinding, public art, parking and heritage facilities; accessibility of the park and children’s play area.  

Case Study - Convention & Entertainment

Accessibility and universal design was of paramount importance to the design/build team of the $170 million, four-level 192,000 sq/ft facility.

 

In order to ensure full inclusion and usability by everyone, the design process was guided by a comparative code matrix of mandatory and optional codes and standards was developed and included: the OBC,  the City of Ottawa Accessibility Design Standard (COADS), Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act – Integrated Accessibility Standard (AODA – IAS), CSA B651 Accessibility of the built environment Standard, Americans with Disabilities Act Accessibility Guidelines (ADAAG) and other leading codes.

Case Study - Transportation | PROW

Marnie Peters & Co Inc. (now Accessibility Simplified) were part of a larger project team that completed architectural plan reviews of all of the below ground and above ground stations for the City of Ottawa’s Confederation Line (Phase 1) to ensure that the $2.1 billion transit project will be compliant with a range of minimum accessibility requirements and demonstrate the implementation of best practices wherever possible.  

In addition to architectural drawing reviews, reviews of drawing for associated elements including signage and wayfinding were completed with compliance issues identified and recommendations provided.