Our ADA and FHA accessibility consulting practice is backed by an architect's understanding of the aesthetic and business implications when modifying a built environment. This knowledge equips us to recommend reasonable, cost-effective strategies that help our clients make informed decisions.

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Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA)

Architectural Barriers Act (ABA)

Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act

Fair Housing Act (FHA) & FHA Safe Harbors

International Building Code (IBC)


State and Local Codes

Uniform Federal Accessibility Standards (UFAS)








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Our surveyors provide detailed assessments of existing properties for design and construction accessibility compliance with the FHA, the ADA, and other federal, state, and local building codes.

Compliance and Transition Plans

We guide and assist clients to meet the directive of Title II and Title III of the ADA and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act to ensure equal access to programs and services for people with disabilities.

Legal Support

Our experts provide litigation support to defendant counsel and enforcement agencies for ADA and FHA complaints.

Plan Reviews

As a member of the design team, we provide accessibility peer plan reviews at various stages of design and construction documents to identify conditions that affect compliance. Deliverables include electronic mark-ups and a statement of compliance.

Construction Inspections

Our team reviews shop drawings, product submittals, and construction progress at various phases to identify conditions that affect accessibility compliance. 

Architectural Support

A one-stop solution to accessibility remediation by providing design services, construction documents, and construction administration to remove physical barriers.

Due Diligence

We work with owners, investors, and equity partners in real estate transactions to assess existing sites and buildings for FHA and ADA compliance and provide budget estimates for barrier removal.

Technical / Design Assistance

Our technical assistance and design guidance clarify gray issues in accessibility regulations for a single issue or an entire development.


Trainings cover accessibility requirements and solutions related to all aspects of project development. Additionally, we provide training and develop surveying tools (videos, checklists, apps, etc.) for facilities professionals and managed services partners. 


ADA Standards and Guidelines 
Increase your knowledge of the ADA. We provide training on all ADA topics and on all levels from basic to advanced. Trainings are available in-person, webcast, and online.

Fair Housing Accessibility (FHA)
We provide critical information, materials, and technical assistance to all relevant stakeholders about the accessibility design and construction requirements of the Fair Housing Act as amended in 1988.

What To Do if an Accessibility Complaint is Filed

February 17, 2021

Learn the best defense against physical accessibility complaints and three simple action steps to follow if one is filed. This discussion focuses on privately-owned businesses that provide goods and services to the public. Some examples include a hotel, restaurant, retail store, bank, museum, hospital, theater, convention center, or stadium. Title III of the Americans with …

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What is ADA Program Accessibility?

October 4, 2020

‘Program accessibility’ is a fundamental principle of Title II of the ADA. Public entities are required to make services, programs, and activities accessible to individuals with disabilities. Title II of the ADA states: “A public entity shall operate each service, program, or activity so that the service, program, or activity, when viewed in its entirety, …

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How do ADA Title II and Title III Differ?

September 4, 2020

Title II and Title III of the ADA – Different approaches to architectural barrier removal Title II and Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act have much in common. Both address provisions for accessibility in the built environment. They require that new facilities and altered spaces comply with the ADA Standards for Accessible Design. …

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ANSI A117.1 Standards – 2017 Update

December 31, 2019

Updates to the ANSI A117.1 Standards further establish technical criteria for accessible and usable buildings for people with disabilities.  While the 2018 International Building Code did not adopt the ANSI A117.1 Standards -2017 update, some building codes have incorporated the revised Standard. By coordinating standards developed by government and other entities, ANSI provides guidelines that …

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Hotel ADA Compliance: Guest Room Dispersion

August 13, 2019

The ADA Standards for Accessible Design impacts guest room dispersion in the hotel industry. Dispersion Requirements The ADA requires that hotels provide guests with disabilities a range of equivalent guest room options provided to other guests. Accessible rooms need to be dispersed among various room classes (economy, standard, deluxe, a concierge level, etc) and types (number …

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Planning for Accessibility Success

August 5, 2019

How can a project team plan for accessibility success in their design and construction projects? We break it down for you in three simple steps.   1. Don’t design to the minimum    Measurement standards and construction tolerances are typical concepts in all areas of design and construction. The question is often “how much off …

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Hotel ADA Compliance: Interiors and Public Spaces

April 18, 2019

When hotels renovate room interiors and public spaces, understanding the application of Americans with Disabilities Act Standards can help avoid the cost and inconvenience of complaints or remediation work.   What the ADA says about alterations Existing facilities permitted before March 15, 2012 are generally regulated by the 1991 ADA accessibility standards. Standards were updated in 2010 …

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Differences Between ADA & FHA

April 3, 2019

The Americans with Disabilities Act and the Fair Housing Act are both federal civil rights laws that prohibit discrimination against people with disabilities but they have different accessible design and construction requirements.   Although the ADA and FHA overlap in limited circumstances, FHA regulations primarily apply to multifamily residential projects and ADA regulations primarily apply …

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A Better Transit Experience

February 5, 2019

The user experience is a vital consideration in planning and designing large transportation facilities whose primary purpose is moving large volumes of people efficiently and safely. Universal design in transportation offers a path to achieving a travel experience that is favorable for all people.   Designers traditionally considered the needs and capabilities of the average …

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Is an ADA Training Program Right for Your Business?

December 18, 2018

LCM teaches clients how to perform their own surveys and assessments. Options include classroom training, field instruction, webinars, or the production of videos and guideline standards. Why a training program? A variety of situations may prompt a business to initiate an ADA training program: confronting litigation getting ahead of potential complaints assessing properties under renovation …

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