accessibility requirements. If they exist, the most stringent
requirements will prevail between local and ABAAS.
The criteria of these standards should be considered a
minimum in providing access for the physically disabled.
Dimensions that are not stated as "maximum" or
It is GSA policy to make all Federal buildings accessible
"minimum" are absolute. All dimensions are subject to
without the use of special facilities for the disabled.
conventional industry construction tolerances except
The intent of this policy is to use standard building
where the requirement is stated as a range with specific
products set at prescribed heights and with prescribed
minimum and maximum end points.
maneuvering clearances to allow easy use by disabled
employees and visitors. Building elements designated
specifically for use by disabled persons should be kept
to a minimum.
Please refer to Chapter 9 (Design Standards for U.S. Court
Facilities), Section 9.2 (General Requirements), Planning
The Architectural Barriers Act Accessibility Standard
for Accessibility, and Table 9-1, Accessibility Requirements.
(ABAAS) is mandatory for all GSA projects. The A/E is
responsible for checking to see whether there are local
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1.10 Accessibility Design Guidelines
Revised March 2005 PBS-P100