JACA Architects embraces updated ADA Guidelines for Healthcare Design

QUINCY, Mass. - July 30, 2013 - PRLog -- JACA Architects (www.jacaarchitects.com), one of New England’s premier healthcare architectural firms, has successfully embraced and implemented all of the Americans with Disabilities Acts (ADA) Standards for Accessible Design into its medical design.

“We strive to successfully follow the ADA guidelines with every project completed,” said Anthony Cavallaro, President of JACA Architects.  He noted, “Now that the new guidelines have been in effect for a while, it has given us in the industry a chance to evaluate the changes and their impact on design.”
These guidelines, which represent a dramatic change from the original 1991 ADA Standards were updated in 2010 and took effect in 2012. There have been significant changes in the standards as relating to healthcare design.

He said, “There was great collaboration and input in the industry to come up with the first changes since the 1990s. In general terms, healthcare clients will see greater emphasis on spatial and operational consistencies throughout buildings and facilities.” He noted, “The larger challenge is designing in today’s era of reduced budgets, which is where architects need to be both careful and creative.”

JACA Architects offers comprehensive services to ensure that healthcare, senior living and science & technology client’s facilities are compliant with state and federal accessibility guidelines. The process involves setting priorities and planning goals for upgrading existing environments and incorporating accessible features and principles into new facilities. The review determines how and when to apply ADA and MAAB requirements to the specific needs of a facility alongside the most current applications of DPH requirements.

The Compliance review assesses the facility’s current status in terms of renovations or new construction work. It is determined which version of the state and federal regulations apply to the facility.  The Patient Experience review looks at the journey of clients through the facility and common obstacles they can encounter. The Staff Experience review uses the same criteria as the Patient Experience and includes areas that personnel use exclusively. The Public Experience review is relevant to all levels of users and assesses the ways that the facility and organization communicate via internet, phone and printed media.

As needs continue to evolve and project types become even more specialized, it is crucial that the requirements for accessibility are always part of the design and operations of facilities. JACA Architects partners with clients to ensure that all users and staff have the best possible experience.

About JACA Architects
JACA Architects is a 25-employee healthcare architectural firm founded in 1991 by Anthony Cavallaro, AIA, who serves as the company’s president. JACA is uniquely positioned in the architectural market in that there are very few firms specializing in the healthcare/medical design field.

For the past twenty years, Healthcare and Life Science planning and design have been the firm’s only focus. JACA was one of the first firms in the area to incorporate the use of Revit as part of its Building Information Modeling (BIM) toolkit. BIM is a model-based technology linked to a database of project information. This information is parametrically coordinated and can be extracted for specifications, fabrication, project scheduling, facilities management, energy analysis, engineering and construction, LEED, and more.

With clients including BIDMC, Lahey Health, South Coast Hospital and others, JACA is a steadfast source for medical design and consultation, which positions it uniquely in the marketplace. Offices are located at 9 Billings Road, North Quincy, MA. For additional information, please visit www.jacaarchitects.com or call, (617) 769-6300.
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