Qualified – Experienced – Expert:
The right ingredients for “inclusion by design” = “accessibility for all”
Whether healthcare facilities, academic institutions, office buildings or retail space, we’ve seen it all—and we’ve assessed it all. A wide range of organizations rely on ASI to help open up worlds—universally designed worlds—through facility accessibility audits, architectural drawings and site plan reviews, and construction project management. It’s no wonder—since not only are we knowledgeable about AODA guidelines, we helped develop them.
“Of course it’s essential that all organizations comply with AODA guidelines, but as a healthcare organization, we need to set an example. This is where ASI has helped us in our vision to be seen as the “gold standard” in accessibility because not only does ASI provide comprehensive accessibility audits, their input is invaluable on an ad-hoc consulting basis with our accessibility committee.”
“When we found out that ASI had been selected to audit the Ontario Legislature buildings, for the Honourable David Onley, we knew we were in good hands. And this on top of ASI’s President being appointed to the committee that developed the AODA requirements.”
– Academic Institution
“Our challenge is ensuring that all of our diverse buildings are accessible – this is no easy task since some of our buildings are newer than others and each building has its own share of issues. This is where ASI’s site plan reviews and architectural drawings have saved the day because they have enabled us to keep up with the range of unique needs individual to each building.”
– Property Management Firm
Facility Accessibility Audit:
The audit comprises an assessment of a building’s interior and exterior environment and features according to an established set of accessibility criteria that is based on universal design principles, Building Code requirements, national and international standards, and accessibility best practices and guidelines. The audit includes the assessment of the building’s existing built environment, photograph documentation, written report with recommendations, prioritization of recommendations to remove barriers, costing, and accessibility products.
Architectural Drawing and Site Plan Review:
The review involves an assessment of a building’s interior and exterior architectural drawings and site plans based on an established set of accessibility criteria. The review ensures that the drawings and plans adhere to all relevant standards such as Building Code requirements, as well as taking into account accessible design principles.
Construction Project Management:
ASI’s Project Manager acts as the liaison between everyone involved in the construction project (contractor, sub-contractors/suppliers and municipal/regional building officials). The Project Manager is responsible for key aspects of the project’s success throughout the project’s duration. The Project Manager takes a lead role before the project begins, during the project, and upon project completion.