The Latest in Courtroom Accessibility

A recent article titled, “The New Accessible Courtroom” in Correctional News by Mr. Robert Schwartz, with HOK, addresses the current ADA Standards, also known as the 2010 ADA Standards for Accessible Design and how they apply to providing accessibility in courtrooms.


While ramps provide one option, they have a large impact on available square footage.  The use of ramps requires extra space to be dedicated for ramp use only. In new construction, the extra square footage required may be easier to achieve cost wise.  However, in an existing courthouse undergoing renovations, the space required for ramps is seldom available.

When square footage is limited either in new construction or renovations, courtroom wheelchair lifts provide the most efficient and cost effective use of available space.  Lift-U’s Accessor Courtroom wheelchair lifts have proven to be a responsible and reliable option for hundreds of installations.  The Accessor Courtroom Lifts exist within the confines of the judge’s bench, clerk station and witness stand areas.  These specific Courtroom Lifts are used in new construction and renovation projects.  When accessibility is needed and square footage is at a premium, LIFT-U’s all-electric Courtroom Lifts are an excellent choice.


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LIFT-U® Introduces The Accessor Convertible Walkway

LIFT-U® is unique in the accessibility equipment industry. Instead of designing standard products and having the customer alter his design to accommodate the standard product; LIFT-U® designs each product to meet the customer’s requirements. This approach gives the customer the freedom to optimize his design and provide the required accessibility. Often, this approach allows architects to provide accessibility where it was not thought to be possible.

At the 2016 AIA National Conference EXPO in Philadelphia, LIFT-U® introduced their newest barrier removal product – the Accessor Convertible Walkway (ACW). This product provides a horizontal walking surface for use by everyone until a sloped surface is needed for wheelchair access. With the push of a button, the ACW becomes a sloped surface for the wheelchair user and then, automatically returns to the horizontal position. Click here for more.

Introducing Lift-U®’s Accessor III Performance Lift

LIFT-U Division of Hogan Mfg. is pleased to announce the introduction of the Accessor III Performance Lift to their line of unique wheelchair lifts.

The Accessor III is named the Performance Lift because it performs its function of providing accessibility with features that are not available on other vertical platform lifts. Click here for more.

Introducing Lift-U®’s New Automatic Door Operator

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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The Development of the Modern Day Courtroom Lift

Article By: Don Oehrlein, Lift-U Division of Hogan Mfg., Inc.
Date: 11/28/11

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.

NYC Intercontinental Hotel Subway Entrance

NYC Intercontinental Hotel Subway EntranceDeveloper 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.