Accessibility Audit Projects
AODA Accessibility Audit, Wilfrid Laurier University
AccessAbility Advantage audited the Wilfrid Laurier University campus in Kitchener, Ontario for accessibility. The audit used the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) to propose built environment standards that identify barriers to accessibility. The cost of retrofits to remove barriers was estimated and recommendations were provided in Excel format for easier manipulation and importing to other asset systems.
Accessibility Audit, Brookfield Office Properties
A team of AccessAbility Advantage auditors, led by Elaine Darling, evaluated Brookfield’s office property portfolio in Toronto and Ottawa, including ten very large office buildings, against the AODA proposed Built Environment Standards. AccessAbility Advantage’s reports summarize recommendations by priority and outline key factors to include in planning strategies as improvements are conducted. Brookfield plans to improve accessibility of their properties over time, eventually achieving a very high-level of accessibility at a very low incremental cost.
Facility Accessibility Audit and Design, YMCA
AccessAbility Advantage’s audit and architectural teams worked together to streamline an audit and re-design the YMCA’s five large recreational facilities in the GTA. The audit was completed by Elaine Darling. Working closely with the client, we identified accessibility improvements and prepared tender documents for the purpose of obtaining accurate quotes to complete the upgrades. The design and quotes were used in an application for funding to the Human Resources and Skills Development Canada Enabling Accessibility Fund. Due to the short timelines for the funding application, the entire project was completed in less than four weeks.