This article is part of a series of articles summarizing fundamental concepts and requirements of the ADA standards as they apply to commercial bathroom design.
This article covers ADA maneuvering and approach requirements, which are a subset of the accessible route requirements (see also the discussion of openings and routes in our previous article). The goal of this article is to not only present the standards but to provide a some intuitive foundations so the standards can be more easily recalled.
This summary is not guaranteed to be accurate or complete and is not a substitute for carefully reading the law.
Maneuvering clearance requirements are covered in section 404.2.4 of the ADA standards. The table in section 404.2.4, with its multi-level headings, footnotes, and pages of drawings, can be daunting. In order to make these rules less overwhelming, the possible maneuvering scenario requirements are listed singly below with illustrations.
Having listed all the scenarios singly, we now combine the above into the table below. This table is an expanded and simplified version of the table in section 402.2.4.1 of the ADA standards. The color highlights in the table below emphasize the scenario and requirement changes between the rows.
It would be nice to find a few rules or general principles for the table values above. That could make the requirements easier to remember or derive. Such generalizations are, unfortunately, hard to discover, but here are a few observations which may help:
Whether these observations help or not, we recommend you refer to the maneuvering requirements in section 404.2.4.1 of the ADA requirements or the table above, as needed.
As always, if you still have questions or would like to discuss your project, feel free to contact us at Ironwood Manufacturing.