Your project gives you plenty to worry about. Permits, construction documents, value engineering, certificate of occupancy, punch-lists… Altura Solutions removes one of those worries. We take care of accessibility compliance for you.
Having worked as designers, engineers and construction managers, our staff understands the many demands of your project. We are here to navigate your project through the accessibility compliance process. Altura Solutions was founded to make accessibility compliance as easy as possible.
Go ahead and focus on what you do best. We’ll take care of it from here.
Texas Accessibility Standards
As Registered Accessibility Specialists (RAS) licensed through the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation (TDLR), we can:
Register projects with TDLR
Perform plan reviews for compliance with the TAS
Perform inspections for compliance with the TAS
Per the Texas Architectural Barriers Act, Article 9102:
Construction projects, in Texas, that have an estimated construction value of $50,000 or more are typically subject to the requirements of TDLR.
Americans with Disabilities act
Although many consultants claim to be “ADA experts,” Chuy worked as the City of Austin’s ADA Program Manager and managed the federal ADA requirements on a daily basis, serving on the Mayor's Committee for People with Disabilities.
We are familiar with the:
2010 Standards for Accessible Design
Public Rights-of-Way Guidelines
Accessibility Guidelines for Outdoor Recreation Areas
Altura is considered a subject matter expert and is the one municipalities and business owners call on to ensure their projects' legal accessibility requirements are met.
While working at the City of Austin’s Public Works Department, Chuy was responsible for the construction of approximately $14 million of sidewalks and curb ramps in the public ROW. He knows a thing or two about curb ramps!
Often times, standard construction details fall short of complying with all necessary accessibility standards. We have experience in developing creative solutions that meet or exceed all applicable accessibility requirements. From new roads to street reconstructions and residential subdivisions, we have it covered.
While ADA Transition Plans have been a federal requirement since 1995, most government agencies have not developed the required plans. Altura Solutions has experience assisting agencies, big and small, from data collection and transition plan writing to customized consulting. Whether it’s a city, county, or state agency, we have a proven track record of producing transition plans that meet all of the ADA Title II requirements. We have experience in developing transition plans for buildings, parks, trails, programs and services, or infrastructure in the public right-of-way. We have worked on Transition Plans for the City of Charlotte, North Carolina, BREC (East Baton Rouge) and Austin Parks.
Below is an example of the services that we provide:
GIS Data Collection and Report of Findings
ROW, Parks, Trails, Building/Facilities
Development of Grievance Procedures and Best Practices
Analysis of Programs and Services
Drafting Transition Plan Document
Typically, there is no single accessibility standard that applies to multi-family projects. Each project is unique and the type of funding, architectural layouts, civil/site conditions, and local building code requirements dictate the appropriate standards to use. We have extensive experience in layering the various accessibility requirements such as the Fair Housing Act (FHA), the International Building Code (IBC), American National Standards Institute (ANSI), ADA, TAS, and Uniform Federal Accessibility Standards (UFAS).
A real estate transaction is typically complex and negotiable with varying degrees of risk. Through our extensive experience and vast knowledge, we assist our clients in fully understanding the property’s accessibility compliance status before or after acquiring the property.
More than understanding the technical requirements, we also explain potential liability based on the property’s intended use. Even if the property had a previously approved inspection, the changing standards can add mandatory and costly upgrades.
Training & Seminars
Altura Solutions is a highly sought after firm for presentations and training seminars.
We strive to provide an informative and unique perspective on accessibility compliance. We are not going to read the standards to you, nor will we preach about the importance of the requirements. Ok, we do preach a little. However, we promise that it will be entertaining and informative. We provide real world examples and solutions.
We always customize our presentations to our audience. We understand how engineers, architects, contractors, and government officials design, work, and think. We speak “their” languages. Give us a shout!
Examples of where we present, train, and conduct seminars:
American Institute of Architects (AIA)
Texas Society of Architects
American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA)
Texas Public Works Association (TPWA)
American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)
Austin Contractors and Engineers Association (ACEA)
Texas Society of Professional Engineers (TSPE)
Travis County Commissioner’s Court
City of Austin
UT School of Architecture, College of Engineering, School of Public Policy
We routinely assist with legal cases by providing testimony and producing reports of findings. Having worked on various lawsuits and settlements, we have extensive experience in aiding clients to navigate through the ADA, FHA, and TAS requirements. Having served as an ADA Coordinator, we have a unique perspective on protecting a person’s civil rights, as well as protecting clients from unwarranted claims.