Courtroom Wheelchair Lifts are commonly provided with self-closing gates which have always been an acceptable solution. Per the definitions in ASME A18.1, lift gates are to be self-closing. Meaning, a manually operated gate that closes when released by means of a spring hinge or gravity. ADA guidelines recommend wheelchair lifts should be independently operated. Manually operated gates require the user to pull the gate open while backing the wheelchair away at the same time. Lift-U® has solved this problem with the introduction of the new Automatic Door Operator. The Automatic Door Operator opens and closes the door or gate controlled by the Courtroom Lift sequence or with the simple press of a button.
Door operators have been around for a long time. We see them in stores, schools and hospitals. Most conventional door operators are mounted over the header of the door and are not that visible to the user. So what do you do with a courtroom gate which does not have a header or place to mount an opener over the top of the door? Lift-U® has solved this problem by concealing the door operator inside the millwork hinge wall and is controlled by the sequence of the Courtroom Lift system.
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Article By: Don Oehrlein, Lift-U Division of Hogan Mfg., Inc.
Courtroom Lifts came into being in the mid-1990s to meet the newly implemented ADA requirements of providing accessibility in public buildings. Most lift installations were designed on-site and installed without a lot of coordination between the architect, the lift manufacturer, and the millwork contractor. The lifts were often unreliable for a number of reasons, causing Court Administrators to form negative opinions about Courtroom Lifts.
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Developer Tishman Hotel & Realty LP, in developing property at 44th and 8th streets in New York City (NYC), was required to provide accessibility upgrades to the existing subway entrance. This entrance was partially underneath the corner of the tower the company was going to construct for Hotel Intercontinental. Accessibility could not be achieved by using one commercial elevator,…
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Article courtesy of Elevator World Magazine
The Department of Justice and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)
Revised the Standards for Accessible design on September 15, 2010.
Lift-U® is proud to announce the now, fully operational EVPL Model wheelchair lift in the New York City Subway. This marks the first time that a wheelchair lift has been used in the NYC Subway System. Design limitations prohibited the use of an elevator in this application. Lift-U was brought into the project by Handi-Lift to provide a heavy-duty lift system that will stand up to the 24-hour a day usage that is synonymous with NYC Subway System traffic. For more information on the project, visit Handi-Lift.
A Status Report from the Department of Justice
This Status Report covers the ADA activities of the Department of Justice during the third quarter (July – September) of 2010. This report, previous status reports, and a wide range of other ADA information, including the consent decrees and formal settlement agreements mentioned in this report, are available through the Department’s ADA Home Page at www.ada.gov.