Accessibility (ADA) Compliance Surveys

ECS conducts reviews of building and grounds for general compliance with the requirements of the 2010 ADA, Title III provisions relative to their use as, or related to, public accommodations. We conduct a survey using a checklist based on the ADA Checklist for Readily Achievable Barrier Removal developed by the New England ADA Center, a project of the Institute for Human Centered Design.

What Is an ADA Compliance Survey?

An ADA compliance survey is an assessment of your property to determine how well it aligns with accessibility requirements for people with various disabilities. Accessibility features on a building include ramps, handicapped parking and automatic doors. While you may have these features present on your property, their details may not comply with the guidelines set forth in the act. A surveyor can determine what you need to change.

These surveys are critical for buildings to make sure all types of people can access your property. Whether someone relies on a wheelchair or has a cane, they should be able to enter your building without issue. This requirement is particularly essential for any building that serves everyone, such as financial institutions, grocery stores or health care facilities.

Many building owners or property managers may believe their property is accessible, but certain factors of accessible design are often missed. While we often think of ramps for wheelchair access, we also need to consider areas of the building that require force. Many people with disabilities can apply a limited amount of pressure to buttons or doors, so these areas need to be in compliance with the ADA’s regulations. 

Consider the automatic buttons for doors at building entrances. The button does allow for a person in a wheelchair to get through the door, but is the button easy enough to press? What about the push-style faucets in your restrooms? Or the button on the water fountain? These are all features you may overlook, but a compliance survey can bring them to your attention.

Owning a building or managing a property comes with many responsibilities, but your compliance with ADA regulations should not fall by the wayside. Our team can help you stay on top of these aspects of your building so all people can access the property with ease. We work closely with ADA literature to provide surveys that assess the many characteristics of an accessible property.

ECS conducts reviews of building and grounds for general compliance with the requirements of the 2010 ADA, Title III provisions relative to their use as, or related to, public accommodations. We conduct a survey using a checklist based on the ADA Checklist for Readily Achievable Barrier Removal developed by the New England ADA Center, a project of the Institute for Human Centered Design.

What Is an ADA Compliance Survey?

An ADA compliance survey is an assessment of your property to determine how well it aligns with accessibility requirements for people with various disabilities. Accessibility features on a building include ramps, handicapped parking and automatic doors. While you may have these features present on your property, their details may not comply with the guidelines set forth in the act. A surveyor can determine what you need to change.

These surveys are critical for buildings to make sure all types of people can access your property. Whether someone relies on a wheelchair or has a cane, they should be able to enter your building without issue. This requirement is particularly essential for any building that serves everyone, such as financial institutions, grocery stores or health care facilities.

Many building owners or property managers may believe their property is accessible, but certain factors of accessible design are often missed. While we often think of ramps for wheelchair access, we also need to consider areas of the building that require force. Many people with disabilities can apply a limited amount of pressure to buttons or doors, so these areas need to be in compliance with the ADA’s regulations. 

Consider the automatic buttons for doors at building entrances. The button does allow for a person in a wheelchair to get through the door, but is the button easy enough to press? What about the push-style faucets in your restrooms? Or the button on the water fountain? These are all features you may overlook, but a compliance survey can bring them to your attention.

Owning a building or managing a property comes with many responsibilities, but your compliance with ADA regulations should not fall by the wayside. Our team can help you stay on top of these aspects of your building so all people can access the property with ease. We work closely with ADA literature to provide surveys that assess the many characteristics of an accessible property.

engineers conducting ADA compliance survey

Our ADA Compliance Survey Process

ECS identifies and prioritizes existing and proposed improvements for compliance with the above-referenced codes. Examples include:

  • Physical access to the property
  • Physical access through the building, including to areas of commerce and public accommodation
  • Physical access to public restroom facilities
  • Removal of remaining barriers to physical access

At ECS, we want your building to be manageable and easy to navigate for any person who lives on or visits the property. Our thorough approach to the survey process allows us to inform your building decisions and make any necessary updates.

Our ADA Compliance Survey Process

ECS identifies and prioritizes existing and proposed improvements for compliance with the above-referenced codes. Examples include:

  • Physical access to the property
  • Physical access through the building, including to areas of commerce and public accommodation
  • Physical access to public restroom facilities
  • Removal of remaining barriers to physical access

At ECS, we want your building to be manageable and easy to navigate for any person who lives on or visits the property. Our thorough approach to the survey process allows us to inform your building decisions and make any necessary updates.

engineers shakings hands

Who Needs ADA Compliance Assessments?

ADA assessments are valuable to three main groups:

  • Building Owners – Understanding what provisions need to be provided for properties to be accessible to the public
  • Property Managers – Budgeting for annual maintenance of required provisions for public accessibility
  • Banks and Financial Institutions – Calculating financial estimates associated with property acquisition

Who Needs ADA Compliance Assessments?

ADA assessments are valuable to three main groups:

  • Building Owners – Understanding what provisions need to be provided for properties to be accessible to the public
  • Property Managers – Budgeting for annual maintenance of required provisions for public accessibility
  • Banks and Financial Institutions – Calculating financial estimates associated with property acquisition
engineers shakings hands
two engineers reviewing construction analysis

When to Use ADA Compliance Surveys

If you obtain new property or construct a new building, a compliance survey is recommended before you open your property to the public. These assessments can also be useful when you add to your building or introduce accessibility features that you did not have before. For example, you may request an assessment after adding a ramp to the front of your building.

You may choose to complete compliance surveys annually to confirm that all features in your building are correct. Confirming your building’s compliance can reduce legal liabilities, so many property owners and managers choose to complete these surveys at regular intervals.

When to Use ADA Compliance Surveys

If you obtain new property or construct a new building, a compliance survey is recommended before you open your property to the public. These assessments can also be useful when you add to your building or introduce accessibility features that you did not have before. For example, you may request an assessment after adding a ramp to the front of your building.

You may choose to complete compliance surveys annually to confirm that all features in your building are correct. Confirming your building’s compliance can reduce legal liabilities, so many property owners and managers choose to complete these surveys at regular intervals.

engineers conducting a PCA

ECS Is a Trusted Building Accessibility Consultant

At ECS, providing excellent service is at the core of our mission. When we conduct an ADA compliance survey, we keep you informed every step of the way. With our detailed report following the assessment, we provide recommendations for your building to offer the utmost compliance. Communication is important to us, and we make sure you understand everything you need for a successful building upgrade.

ECS Is a Trusted Building Accessibility Consultant

At ECS, providing excellent service is at the core of our mission. When we conduct an ADA compliance survey, we keep you informed every step of the way. With our detailed report following the assessment, we provide recommendations for your building to offer the utmost compliance. Communication is important to us, and we make sure you understand everything you need for a successful building upgrade.

engineers conducting a PCA
engineers reviewing ADA compliance of building

Contact ECS for Accessibility Compliance Surveys

ECS is a trusted partner for building demands, including accessibility compliance. We work closely with your team to identify and explain the next steps in bringing your property into alignment with the ADA. We look forward to working with you and helping you create a more accessible building for your tenants or visitors. Please contact us with any questions you have regarding accessibility compliance.

Contact Us

ECS is a trusted partner for building demands, including accessibility compliance. We work closely with your team to identify and explain the next steps in bringing your property into alignment with the ADA. We look forward to working with you and helping you create a more accessible building for your tenants or visitors. Please contact us with any questions you have regarding accessibility compliance.

Contact Us

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Notable Projects

  • O’Reilly Auto Parts Store, Saint Paul, MN
  • Amtrak, Camden, SC
  • PS Business Parks, Rockville, MD
  • Hunting Club Development, Huntington, VA
  • 1933 West Cornwallis Road, Durham, NC
ECS field tech recording results on tablet