SECTION 12: ACCESSIBILITY PROVISIONS FOR THE DISABLED
General. This section provides design guidance on the
application of accessibility requirements. Facilities are required to be
accessible to disabled persons and shall be designed and constructed or
retrofitted in accordance with the Uniform Federal Accessibility
Standards (UFAS) (reference 12a). All facilities shall also be designed
and constructed or retrofitted in accordance with the Americans with
Disabilities Act Accessibility Guidelines (ADAAG) (reference 12b)
whenever the ADAAG provides equal or greater accessibility requirements
than the UFAS. In general, all facilities worldwide which are open to
the public, or to limited segments of the public, or which may be visited
by the public in the conduct of normal business, shall be accessible to
Military Exclusions. Facilities which are intended for the
use of, or occupancy by, or staffed by only able-bodied military
personnel need not be designed to be accessible by disabled persons;
however, accessibility is recommended. The term "able-bodied military
personnel" is defined as all active duty military personnel. Temporary
facilities, such as troop aide stations and fleet hospital mobilization
units used during military conflicts, need not be accessible.
Overseas Facilities. DoD-funded facilities constructed
overseas will be accessible.
Facilities for which the United States
contributes a portion of the construction cost but does not control
design criteria (such as NATO-funded facilities) need not be accessible.
Facilities being constructed by or for use by the United States under the
laws, codes, rules, and regulations of another country need not be
accessible. Facilities being leased by the United States in other
countries should be accessible.
TMA/DMFO Compliance Requirement.
TMA/DMFO policy is that all spaces serving patients, staff,
and visitors shall be designed to be accessible to the disabled.
TMA/DMFO programs adequate net area to design all patient dressing rooms,
patient bedrooms, and patient bedroom toilets as accessible spaces even
though UFAS/ADAAG requires only 10 percent of these spaces to be
Compliance with criteria is the responsibility of the
designer; certification of compliance is the responsibility of the design
agent. Include a completed checklist with the S-2 Schematic Design
Submission and the S-4 Final Concept Design submittal. The checklists
must be accompanied by sketch layouts showing the total access-egress
system on the site and within the building. Include final layouts as
part of final design.
Stairway Width. The designer will review the UFAS, ADAAG,
and NFPA criteria to determine the minimum clear width between handrails
for each stairway adjacent to an area of rescue assistance.
For high-rise wings or building elements normally served by
elevators, and in which stairways are provided primarily for emergency
egress, NFPA 101 criteria will govern.
For multistory building elements remote from elevators, or
wherever the building layout and proposed functional use make it obvious