OSU Campus Accessibility Survey and Assessment
Oregon State University is in the process of developing a comprehensive built environment accessibility improvement plan. A major facet of this plan is to assess the physical facilities of the Corvallis campus, regardless of when constructed, using the 2010 ADA Standards for Accessible Design and consideration and use of universal design principles. In doing so, OSU is choosing a higher than minimal legal standard.
The assessment project, a process that will be ongoing for years, started with a first phase in Spring 2011 that focused on exterior facilities, including:
- paths of travel,
- exterior signage, and
- estimated cost ranges for the improvements recommended.
During future phases, reviews and evaluations will focus on interior building environments, such as building entries, restrooms, classrooms, interior signage and other spaces.
All of this work will help Oregon State University develop criteria to implement improvements that preserve the heritage of the buildings included in the University Historic District while at the same time developing as accessible of a university campus as possible. Another main goal will be to provide guidance to OSU related to implementing standards, development of best practice standards, and/or universal design principles and standards for existing and new campus facilities and buildings.
If you are interested in the progress of the reports and improvements to campus, visit this site regularly. It will be updated as reports are finalized, and as construction work commences to improve barriers identified through the report.
Exterior Accessibility Assessment Report
The first phase of the project, the exterior assessment, has been completed. The reports are available below.
This first report consists of only the narrative of the report, without the barrier data records. This is a much smaller report and provides an introduction, methodology, executive summary and suggested standards. This information is also in the full reports listed below.
Additionally, three reports have been produced by the consultant. The reports consist of two main sections, the narrative and the "Barrier Data Records" that catalog each barrier that the consultant has identified through their assessment. The only difference between the three are the maps showing barriers by either barrier severity or priority and how the "Barrier Data Records" are organized, the written report - the first 43 pages - are the same in each version. These reports are very large (around 2500 pages, and 40MB a file), so they may take a while to download. The three reports are as follows, according to "Barrier Data Records":
- Organized A-Z by location (PDF)
(Adams Hall - Women's Bldg)
- Organized according to consultant barrier severity rating (PDF)
(1 Necessary, 2 Recommended, 3 Hindrance, 4 Low Severity, 5 Technically Infeasible)
- Organized according to consultant recommended priorities for removal (PDF)
More information on the meaning of "barrier severity rating" and "priority" can be found in the report.