2010 ADA Standard QA QC Programs

ADA Standard, the California Building Code and ADA Coordinator Quality Assurance / Quality Control (QA / QC) Programs


The 2010 ADA Standard [link to: http://www.ada.gov/regs2010/titleII_2010/titleII_2010_regulations.htm ] became effective on March 15, 2012. It replaced the 1991 ADA Standard and its 1994 ADAAG accessibility guidelines [link to: . http://www.ada.gov/reg2.htm ] Over the last 22 years, the City and County of San Francisco’s new construction and alteration projects conducted has been designed and constructed to conform to both the 1991 ADA Standard and the applicable California Building Code [link to http://www.bsc.ca.gov/codes.aspx ]. Since September 15, 2010, the City’s architectural staff use the 2010 ADA Standard as the applicable accessibility requirement for new construction alterations and removal of architectural barriers. Prior to this, the City used elements of the US Access Board’s original 1994 Recreation Access Guidelines and the 2004 ADA Guidelines as a “best practice” for design for construction for play areas, recreational boating facilities, amusement rides and golf facilities. The City may elect to incorporate design requirements that are more stringent than specific provisions of the 2010 ADA Standard into its new construction, alterations and barrier removal projects, where these would not otherwise be in conflict with the applicable provisions of the California Building Code.

The 2013 California Building Code (2013 CBC) [link to: http://www.bsc.ca.gov/codes.aspx] has been brought into conformance with the 2010 ADA Standard, although this has not been confirmed by the Department of Justice. The City adopted the 2013 California Building Code (CBC) as the San Francisco Building Code [link to: http://sfdbi.org/codes ]. It became effective for building permit applications made on or after January 1, 2014. The City is designing and constructing its projects in compliance with the 2013 CBC, and is revising administrative bulletins, information sheets and design standards.

The ADA Coordinators for the City, Port of San Francisco and San Francisco International Airport provide Quality Assurance / Quality Control program for publicly funded new construction, alterations and barrier removal projects. The ADA Coordinators review designs, plan check construction documents, and then, conduct rough framing and final inspections of accessibility features in public funded buildings and facilities. The Mayor’s Office on Disability’s Project Review Process can be found at Architectural Access & Plan Check [link to 5.1.1]

The Mayor’s Office on Disability’s Deputy Director for Physical Access serves as the project director and ADA Coordinator for the City’s ADA Transition Plan. The Plan is comprised of more than 100 construction projects whose focus is removal of architectural barriers at City owned or operated buildings and facilities. These projects undergo the same QA/QC plan check and inspection process as other City projects. Annually the portfolio of projects, their funding strategies and status are reviewed with the Mayor’s Disability Council [link to: 3.1 ], and its Physical Access Committee. This process provides the community with direct access to and influence upon the ADA Transition Plan.

Funding for the Plan began in 2004. The Plan is funded through the City’s 10 Year Capital Program, separate from other department’s capital programs. Many of the Plan’s projects benefited from partnerships between MOD and the host department, where the host department matched or exceeded MOD’s project funding. Through annual reassessments, the ADA Transition Plan has evolved into more than 100 construction projects with a total budget of $48,000,000. 65% of the projects are complete and an additional 30% are fully funded and in design and construction. The ADA Transition Plan’s funding stream sunsets in Fiscal Year FY 2015, and remaining projects are planned for completion in the following 18 months. Going forward, the City’s 10 Year Capital Plan, the City’s General Fund and Enterprise Departments assume all obligations for design and construction of accessible buildings and facilities.