Brad Gaskins, AIA, CASp

Brad Gaskins, AIA, CASp

Brad has more than 25 years experience in the practice of architecture and a comprehensive understanding of professional practice nationwide. Brad brings a unique and valuable perspective to The McIntosh Group’s practice and clients, with a specific expertise in the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and national building codes.  Brad has gained recognition as an expert witness for clients with ADA compliance complaints. He represents NACS, The Association for Convenience and Fuel Retailing, as a full voting member on the International Code Council (ICC), American National Standards Institute (ANSI) A117.1, Consensus Committee on Accessible and Usable Buildings and Facilities. His objective is to share, with the committee for their deliberations, the potential impact of the standards on the convenience store and truckstop industry. Brad has an undergraduate degree in engineering and a master’s degree in architecture from the University of Oklahoma. He is currently serving as president of AIA Oklahoma. 

Got questions about ADA guidelines? Let Brad help, he’s the ADA Geek.

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The “Ask Brad” website educates visitors on the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The site offers the knowledge of an architect, Brad, who has a specific expertise in ADA compliance. Visitors to the site are encouraged to submit questions regarding the ADA. Brad will answer the questions and post them to the site for all to take advantage. In addition to the Q&A section, the site offers timely information through instructional videos, white papers, articles and resource links.

 

Please visit the site at www.askbrad.info.

ADA Compliance for Accessible Showers and the False Cluster Factor

A common misconception about showers in truck stops is that at least half of them must be ADA compliant – similar to the standards for toilet rooms. Actually, that’s not true…ALL of them must be compliant!

The reason for the mix-up lies in the “cluster” factor. Section 213.2 of the ADA Standards states...

Paper Towel Dispensers Mounted Outside The Allowable Reach Ranges

Posted in: Truckstop Business, Americans with Disabilities Act

Bathrooms are common offenders of the 2010 ADA Standards for Accessible Design; architects, contractors and facility managers often miss important details. For example, paper towel dispensers have specific height and clearance requirements lined out in the Standards. A dispenser must be proper height from the floor, with an adequate area for the individual to move in order for it to be considered accessible for those that are disabled.

Accessible Parking Spaces for Class 8 Trucks

Posted in: Truckstop Business, Americans with Disabilities Act

Regulations for accessible parking spots are an important part of the ADA Standards, especially for truckstop and convenience store owners. Because it is easy to identify a noncompliant parking lot, parking has become the number one issue for ADA lawsuits across the country. Facility owners are becoming more knowledgeable in just what kind of accessible parking is required – but many are unfamiliar with more specific rules in the ADA, such as those for accessible parking spots for Class 8 trucks.

Toilet Paper Dispensers Mounted Outside The Allowable Ranges

Posted in: Truckstop Business, Americans with Disabilities Act

The placement of toilet paper dispensers is a small, but essential part in adhering properly to ADA regulations in restrooms. It is important not to overlook the smaller details.

ATMs Without Operating Audible Instructions And No Braille Instructions Provided

Posted in: Truckstop Business, Americans with Disabilities Act

American banks have become easy targets for Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) lawsuits, largely due to accessibility issues with Automated Teller Machines (ATMs). Because these machines are easy to spot and quickly check for compliance, any place they are found – truck stops and convenience stores especially – is at-risk for ADA litigation.

Often, ATMs do not meet the requirements for audible instructions and Braille.