There are many public buildings in New York that seeking the services of a lift and elevator company to improve accessibility for people with disabilities. Whether a shopping center, stadium, restaurant, or art organization, the goal should be to provide all users access to the building and inside the premises. Quality mobility equipment has to be installed to take care of the needs of customers/visitors with disabilities. The purpose of an art organization, for instance, would become more relevant and engaging only by providing smooth access for all. Here are some arrangements that can be made in public buildings to improve accessibility for people of diverse abilities:
Avoid/remove obstacles: The positioning of furniture and fittings and display of goods should be such that it does not obstruct circulation. Clutter in pathways will obstruct wheelchair users as well as those who use mobility aids such as walking sticks or walkers. In a store, care must be taken not to leave goods on the floor that may become a tripping hazard.
Fit handrails: Internal steps or internal ramps need to have handrails that extend beyond the rise or fall of a ramp or steps. This will warn visually impaired people about the end of the rise or fall and also provide support to customers who have balance and gait problems.
Install a wheelchair lift: There’s nothing quite like a vertical or inclined platform lift to enhance accessibility in a commercial facility where stairs are a barrier. The vertical platform lift moves up and down a shaft carrying a wheelchair user. There is no need for a machine room or lifting beam. On the other hand, inclined platform lifts carry a person in wheelchair up and down a single flight of straight stairs by moving along a rail mounted alongside the stairs. This is a popular option to address the challenges posed by staircases with multiple levels, curves or intermediate landings. Quality devices are battery powered and operate through a power failure.
Set up a LULA elevator: A LULA (Limited Use/Limited Application) elevator is an ideal option for commercial buildings with up to three levels. Blending the features of a commercial elevator and wheelchair lift, a LULA elevator is specifically designed to provide handicap access to a building.
Make sure surfaces are level: Poorly fitted mats need to be re-laid and uneven junctions of floor surfaces have to be repaired. If the flooring is slip-resistant, care must be taken to ensure that cleaning and polishing does not make the surface slippery.
Partnering with a reliable supplier of accessibility equipment in New York is important to ensure success with commercial projects. Professional companies would provide comprehensive project management support for architects, builders, developers throughout their project – from site inspection, planning, and design to installation, inspection, and maintenance.