ADA | Accessibility Consulting
LCM's accessibility practice has an architect’s understanding of the aesthetics and business implications of modifications to a building, site, or campus. We outline reasonable, cost effective strategies to assist clients in making informed decisions that integrate design and accessibility. Our accessibility specialists are experienced professionals and many are licensed architects, Certified Access Specialist Program professionals, Registered Accessibility Specialists, and Certified Accessibility Inspectors/Plan Examiners.
ADA regulations primarily apply to non-residential projects. If you are responsible for multifamily residential developments read about our FHA Consulting.
Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA)
Architectural Barriers Act (ABA)
Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act
International Building Code (IBC)
ICC ANSI A117.1
State and Local Accessibility Codes
LCM provides detailed assessments of existing properties for design and construction accessibility compliance with the ADA and other federal, state, and local building codes. Surveys range from a single building, to a multisite initiative, to a campus involving hundreds of buildings, parking lots, and exterior routes. Reports identify deficiencies and may include remediation options, prioritization, architectural drawings, and cost estimates for barrier removal.
ADA Physical Access/Transition Plans
LCM works with government and private entities to guide and assist them 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. Our facilities surveys, recommendations, and prioritization for barrier removal lead to the development of a mandated Transition Plan and/or a physical barrier removal plan to achieve greater accessibility over time.
LCM provides litigation support to defendant counsel and enforcement agencies for alleged noncompliance with the design and construction requirements of accessibility laws. Serving as a neutral third party or an Independent Licensed Architect, we advise on practical, cost-effective solutions in settlement agreements and assist with developing ‘acceptable functional standards’.
LCM collaborates with owners and project partners as a member of the design team to provide accessibility peer reviews at various stages of design and construction documents to identify potential deficiencies that impact compliance. Deliverables include electronic mark-ups and a statement of compliance.
LCM reviews shop drawings, product submittals, and construction progress at various phases to identify potential deficiencies that impact accessibility compliance. Inspections focus on placement of controls, passage openings, clear floor space, interior and exterior accessible pedestrian routes, public and common use spaces, and accessible parking. Deliverables include field reports and a statement of compliance.
We offer a one-stop solution to accessibility remediation by providing design and construction documents and construction administration to remove physical barriers.
Many of our trainings and courses are eligible for AIA continuing education learning units. Trainings cover accessibility requirements and solutions related to all aspects of project development, including guidance on construction sites to show contractors common issues encountered in the field.
LCM also provides training and develops surveying tools (videos, checklists, apps, etc.) for facilities professionals and management services partners. Classroom and field trainings teach clients how to conduct their own surveys and/or how to address day-to-day operational and policy issues related to program and physical barrier removal.
LCM’s technical assistance and design guidance clarifies gray issues in accessibility regulations for a single issue or an entire development.
What Our Clients Say
“Thanks to their detailed surveys, the LCM folks came to know our campus better than most people who spend decades here. Combined with their deep knowledge of the intricacies of the Federal accessibility requirements, their creative problem-solving, and their relentless pursuit of accuracy in all reporting matters, they proved a vital resource." - The University of Chicago
"LCM's practical approach to ADA compliance and balanced approach have been a great benefit to us and our customers with disabilities." - One of the Largest Quick Serve Restaurant Chains
"LCM is widely respected across the nation for their expertise in accessibility. Many of their staff don’t just do this as a day job, they are personally and deeply touched by disability and have committed their careers to improving the lives of people with disabilities." - City of Chicago Mayor's Office for People with Disabilities
"Long involved in developing accessibility codes and standards at the federal, state, and local levels, LCM professionals have the unique ability to help clients understand what their responsibilities are under accessibility regulations and how to reasonably meet those obligations.” - Access Living
“LCM has become an integral part of our commitment to provide affordable, accessible housing to low income people ... their work product and services have proven why LCM is a leader in its field of accessibility work … we depend on their expertise in all accessibility construction matters.” - Chicago Housing Authority
“For nearly 10 years, LCM Architects has been our ‘go to’ accessibility consulting firm because of the team's unrivaled depth of expertise, integrity, and outstanding client service. LCM’s reports are thorough and the post-survey support has always been timely and excellent ... LCM delivers value and first-rate service compared with other firms.” - Seyfarth Shaw LLP