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ADA Seminar: Public Multi-Family Residential Facilities

October 19, 2018 @ 9:00 am - 3:00 pm PDT

$150.00 – $255.00


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Stepping Thru Accessible Public Multi-Family Residential Facilities

Learning Units: 5 Mandatory Continuing Education (MCE) Health|Safety|Welfare Units

An overview of publicly supported multi-family residential facilities and the differing requirements of regulations and codes. We will look at the various components found within dwelling units and social service center establishment sleeping accommodations, including kitchens and bathrooms. Multi-family residential is one of the more complex building types. Depending on when the facility was initially built and the funding, you can have a number of different regulations for one project such as the ADA Standards, the FHA, UFAS, and California Building Codes both 11A and 11B. We will also touch upon alterations and transition plans and how this impacts multi-family housing projects.



  • Understand what is public multi-family residential and which regulations apply
  • Review alteration and new construction requirements for the dwelling units
  • Learn about specific requirements for kitchens and bathrooms within dwelling units
  • Overview CA senior housing requirements and social service center establishment sleeping accommodation requirements

Janis Kent, FAIA, CASp, Architect

Janis Kent, FAIA, CASp is a licensed California Architect, and has been involved in the world of Accessibility since the mid-1980’s. She is designated a Subject Matter Expert (SME) by the California Division of the State Architect, a Certified Access Specialist, and participates in developing the state CASp exams. In addition to having managed a variety of architectural projects, she has surveyed numerous facilities for accessibility compliance and provided quality control for facilities throughout the country.

Additionally, Ms Kent has been asked to speak on Accessibility at a variety of venues from the Dwell conventions in Los Angeles, to Design DC in Washington, to National AIA Conventions in Chicago, New Orleans, Philadelphia, Atlanta, Orlando, NYC, and to the Nevada State Board of Architecture, Interior & Residential Design. She has been invited to speak at a number of business associations including BOMA-LA, CSI, ICC, CA Hotel & Lodging Association, Southern CA Association of Non-Profit Housing (SCANPH), CA Public Parking Association (CPPA) as well as a number of AIA Chapters, to name a few. Her book, ‘ADA in Details – Interpreting the 2010 ADA Standards for Accessible Design’ is a compilation of architectural details on Accessibility used by architects, designers, plan checkers/inspectors, and facility managers, published in 2017 by Wiley.

As Founding President of the Certified Access Specialist Institute (CASI), she steered the organization to serve those involved with Access in the built environment both in private practice as well as public sector. She has served on the Cerritos College Architectural Advisory committee and the AIA Long Beach/South Bay chapter board . Janis received her M.Arch from the University of California, Los Angeles and is currently the principal of Stepping Thru Accessibility in Long Beach, California.


Stepping Thru Accessibility was founded in 2009 in response to the need for information on Access in the built environment. STA assists building owners, property managers, tenants, attorneys, administrative authorities, and architects navigate their way thru accessibility concerns, both for the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) as well as other federal Access regulations and California state codes. Navigating the intricacies of these regulations and codes is our specialty. STA surveys existing facilities and provides detailed reports of items in non-compliance with today’s Access standards. Construction drawings for new buildings and alterations can be evaluated to verify if accessibility requirements are adequately addressed. And topical seminars for architects, facilities and property managers, interior designers, landscape, civil engineers, & others involved in the built environment are offered.


October 19, 2018
9:00 am - 3:00 pm PDT
$150.00 – $255.00
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Rios Clementi Hale Studios
3101 W Exposition Pl.
Los Angeles, CA 90018
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