Oregon State University

Recent Efforts to Improve Accessibility

We strive to make Oregon State University the most accessible university in the state. The efforts listed below constitute some, but by no means all, of the recent work done by many members of the OSU community to improve experiences for people with disabilities.

Letter from President Ray on recent progress (PDF). May 1, 2012.

Letter from VP McCambridge and Executive Director Gomez on recent progress (PDF). October 24, 2012.

Letter from VP Ford and Executive Director Gomez on recent progress (PDF). July 31, 2013.

Barometer Full Page Update from Disability Access Services and Equity and Inclusion (PDF).March 5, 2014.

To best lay out this work, the information is presented in 6 sections, or types of work that have happened:

Projects

Planned and recent projects to enhance campus accessibility include the following.

Projects in Planning or Construction

Not all projects below are fully funded, but if realized, will all enhance campus accessibility.

  • Major renovation of Strand Ag Hall – accessibility goals include providing four accessible entrances, an elevator to the 4th floor, and better restrooms on each floor.
  • Student Experience Center – will provide much better access to student organizations, programs and events than Snell Hall.
  • East Hill Path of Travel Improvements (Kearney to Kerr, 14th/15th to Waldo Place) – an AUAC priority to design and construct new improved paths of travel connecting this area of campus to the core (Library and MU Quads).
  • Four new cultural centers to replace the existing Native American Longhouse, Asian & Pacific Cultural Center, Centro Cultural César Chávez, and Lonnie B. Harris Black Cultural Center.
  • 2014 Summer Improvements - include: restroom improvements in the Women's Building, Weniger, and Milne, sidewalk improvements near Cordley to Withycombe, sidewalk improvements near Dearborn, and parking improvements at Cordley.
  • Johnson Hall - a new building to be built north of Ballard Extension Hall, will provide much better access for the School of Chemical, Biological, and Environmental Engineering (CBEE) than their current locations in Gleeson and other older facilities.

2014 Austin Hall

Austin Hall is the new home for the College of Business. This new building provides much better access than their former Bexell Hall location. The building design addressed accessibility above and beyond ADA requirements in many areas, including: every entrance being accessible, all entrances having automatic door openers, large public restrooms that are doorless, single user restrooms having automatic door openers, and wide gracious corridors and doors.

In addition to the building, the Austin Hall project also improved connections to the building from the rest of campus by:

  • addressing the entire sidewalk on the north side of Jefferson Way from 26th to Sackett Place,
  • improving sidewalks from the MU Quad north of Fairbanks to the building site by widening them,
  • adding crossings at multiple locations along Jefferson Way, Sackett Place, and 26th, and
  • rebuilding most of the Fairbanks Hall parking lot to add 10 accessible parking spaces for access to all of the building in the immediate vicinity of Austin Hall - including the other new buildings APCC and the Classroom Building.

Austin Hall entire building view

Austin Hall and Sidewalks

Fairbanks parking lot after renovation

Fairbanks Parking Lot After

26th and MU Quad Crossing at Fairbanks Before and After

26th Crossing Before/After

Jefferson and Sackett Crossings After

Jefferson and Sackett Crossings After

Sackett Crossing at Austin Before and After

Sackett Crossing at Austin Before/After

2014 Projects

Here are a sample of projects related to accessibility that occurred during 2014, many during the summer construction period.

Jefferson Way and Waldo Place Rebuild

Jefferson Way, between Waldo Place and 26th, as well as Waldo Place, between Jefferson and Campus Way, were rebuilt in summer 2014. This was done in conjunction with the Student Experience Center Project and the Strand Ag Project.

Jefferson Way Looking East before and after

Jefferson Way Looking East Before/After

Jefferson MU Looking West Before and After

Jefferson MU Looking West Before/After

Jefferson Crossing at the MU Before and After

Jefferson MU Crossing Before/After

Waldo Place and Campus Way Before and After Angle 1

Waldo Place and Campus Way Before/After Angle 1

Waldo Place and Campus Way Before and After Angle 2

Waldo Place and Campus Way Before/After Angle 2

Waldo Place and Campus Way Before and After Angle 3

Waldo Place and Campus Way Before/After Angle 3

Washington Way Rebuild

Washington Way will be reconstructed in phases, starting with the first phase that was completed in summer 2014. The project will provide a fully accessible redesigned street, sidewalks, and railroad crossings along the entire campus from 35th to 10th. The first phase improved the Washington Way and 15th intersection, with improved sidewalks and street crossings on 15th from Western to Jefferson, and on Washington Way from the intersection to Benton Place.

15th and Washington Way Before and During Construction

15th and Wash Way Before/During

15th and Washington Way Before and After Map

15th and Wash Way Before/After Map

15th and Washington Way Intersection Before

15th and Washington Way Intersection Before

Memorial Union Renovations

From 2013 through summer 2014, the Memorial Union East Wing was closed for renovation. There were accessibility specific improvements completed throughout the east wing, but also through the whole building in conjunction with the renovation. Some of the renovations include: restrooms in multiple locations, internal ramps were adjusted, signage throughout the whole building was updated, and on the exterior paths around the building were improved (as identified above) and handrails were upgraded around the building.

MU Quad East Ramp Handrails before and after

MU Quad East Ramp Handrails Before/After

MU Rotunda entrance west stair handrails before and after

MU Rotunda Entry West Stair Before/After

Signage Example After Improvements

Signage Example After Improvements

Centro Cultural César Chávez and Crossings

A new fully accessible building replaced the former inaccessible cultural center. In addition to the building, the project addressed sidewalks to the building, and in collaboration with the Accessible University Advisory Committee, rebuilt street crossings in immediate vicinity of the building.

Alumni Center 26th Crossing

Alumni Center 26th Crossing Before/After

26th and Stadium Ave Before and After

26th and Stadium Ave Before/After

CCCC 26th Sidewalks Before and After

CCCC 26th Sidewalks Before/After

University Housing and Dining Projects

UHDS completed many projects related to the new Tebeau Hall in 2014. In addition to improvements to all sidewalks and street crossings serving Tebeau, UHDS also improved the sidewalks connecting Tebeau to the existing east side residence halls of Wilson, Callahan, and McNary. The McNary Plaza was also rebuilt, addressing significant slope issues that made navigating the area potentially difficult for some.

McNary Plaza before and after

McNary Plaza Before/After

McNary Dining Entrance Before and After

McNary Dining Entry Before/After

Tebeau Hall accessible parking

Tebeau Hall Accessible Parking

Agriculture Life Sciences (ALS)

A better more accessible north entrance was constructed. This was accomplished by widening the door openings and adding automatic door openers on the outer and inner entry doors.

ALS North Entry Before and After

ALS North Entry Before/After

ALS North Entry Interior After

ALS North Entry Interior After

ALS North Interior Vestibule After

ALS North Interior Vestibule After

Gill Coliseum South Sidewalks and Parking

Improvements around Gill Coliseum have been designed, and will be constructed in phases. This first phase included rebuilding all sidewalks on the south side of the coliseum and the ADA parking along Ralph Miller Lane. In collaboration with the Accessible University Advisory Committee, the 26th Street crossing from the Beaverstore to Ralph Miller Lane was also reconstructed.

Gill South Crossing before and after

Gill South Crossing Before/After

Gill South Sidewalks before and after

Gill South Sidewalks Before/After

Gill south parking after

Gill South Parking After

Restroom Related Projects

Projects were undertaken to improve access to restrooms in three buildings: Women's Building, Weniger, and Milne. In the Women's Building, work was completely to make the women's locker room accessible by cutting an opening in a wall and installing new materials. In Weniger, a new path of travel was completed in a hallway to provide closer access to the only Men's restroom on the 1st floor from the lecture halls. In Milne, the restrooms in the basement near the computer labs were rebuilt to make them accessible.

Weniger Hallway before and after

Weniger Hallway Before/After

Milne Women's Restroom After

Milne Women's Restroom After

Women's Building Women's Locker After

Women's Building Locker After

2013 New Classroom Building

With classroom space at a premium on campus, the university received approval from the state legislature to build a new classroom building. This building on the north side of the Women's Building field opposite the under construction Austin Hall, will have classroom space for around 2500 students at one time. Additionally, the building will house the University Honors College and a newly formed Integrated Instructional Resource Center (co-locating Media Services, Technology Across the Curriculum, and the Center for Teaching and Learning).

Goals for the building include providing universal access, with building entrances, classrooms, restrooms, and elevators that go beyond specifications required by the ADA. Additionally, the project will build a new fully accessible terrace/courtyard connecting all building in close proximity.

This building project will also provide increase accessibility to surrounding buildings through the construction of better accessible paths to the Women's Building, ALS, and Hovland Hall.

Ground broke in fall 2013 with early site work such as the improved Women's Building north entrance ramp, with the building and courtyard scheduled for completion by fall term 2015.

Women's Building north ramp before and after

Women's Building North Ramp Before/After

new women's building north ramp version 2

New Women's Building north entrance ramp 2

New Classroom Building Artist Rendering

New Classroom Building Artist Rendering

2013 Signage Project

Over recent years, accessible entrance signage was fading or non-existent in many buildings around campus. So, during the 2012-2013 academic year, the Accessible University Advisory Committee worked in collaboration with the Office of Equity and Inclusion and Campus Operations to identify how OSU can improve wayfinding signage for people with disabilities, so they can more easily identify accessible versus non-accessible pathways and building entrances.

The first phase of the project addressed entrance signage. Future phases will consider other kinds of wayfinding signage so that people know what routes on campus are inaccessible/steep, and other important features.

  • $800 spent to purchase new ISA and directional signs
  • Almost all building entrances on campus are now equipped with either an accessible entrance sign or a sign directing people to the nearest accessible entrance (exceptions and difficult locations still to be figured out)
  • Roughly 165 new signs have been installed

A signage dictionary is also being developed, so that the community knows what certain kinds of signage related to accessibility mean.

International Symbol of Accessibility (ISA) Accessible Entrance Sign

International Symbol of Accessibility (ISA) - Accessible Entrance Sign

Inaccessible Entrance Sign Version 1

Inaccessible Entrance Sign identifying accessible entry on same side of building

Inaccessible Entrance Sign Version 2

Inaccessible Entrance Sign identifying accessible entry on a different side of building

2013 Projects

The following are a sample of Corvallis projects that occurred during 2013 that improved accessibility.

Dryden Hall

The first floor renovations will include exterior improvements in the form of new ramps into the east entrance and an improved ramp with new parking spaces on the west side of the building. After the renovations, there will be accessible entrances on the east and west sides of Dryden. Interior improvements will address restrooms and lab space on the first floor.

Dryden East Entrance Before

Dryden East Entrance Before

Dryden East Entrance Plan

Dryden East Entrance Plan

Dryden East Entrance After

Dryden East Entrance After

Dryden West Entrance Before

Dryden West Entrance Before

Dryden West Entrance After

Dryden West Entrance After

Dryden Men's Restroom After

Dryden Men's Restroom After

Plageman Health Center

A new accessible entrance into Plageman on the north side of building will remedy the existing west entrance barriers, and will also add new accessible parking just north of the new entrance.

Plageman Before New Entrance

Plageman Before New Entrance

Plageman Entrance After

Plageman Entrance After

Plageman Parking After

Plageman Parking After

Moreland Hall

A new ramp on the south side of the building will replace the older steep ramp.

Moreland Ramp Before 1

Moreland Ramp Before 1

Moreland Ramp Before 2

Moreland Ramp Before 2

Moreland Ramp After

Moreland Ramp After

Student Experience Center (SEC) Parking

In preparation for the new SEC, the existing accessible parking in the MU lot has been moved across Jefferson Way in between Waldo and Langton. In total there are 8 new accessible parking spaces and many new bike parking locations.

Langton Place Before 1

Langton Place Before 1

Langton Place Before 2

Langton Place Before 2

Langton Place Parking After

Langton Place After

Withycombe Hall

In preparation for improvements to the theatre space in Withycombe, additional accessibility features are being added to the building in the form of 6 new ADA parking spaces, pathways, and a new accessible entrance on the northwest side of the building .

Withycombe Before 1

Withycombe Before 1

Withycombe Before 2

Withycombe Before 2

Withycombe After

Withycombe After

OSU Beaverstore

The campus bookstore moved from an existing location in the Memorial Union to a new building built around the parking garage at 26th and Washington Way in 2013. In addition to the new building, the project rebuild existing sidewalks around the facility and in collaboration with AUAC, temporarily rebuilt a crossing at 26th and Washington Way to improve accessibility until the Washington Way project fully rebuilds the whole intersection.

Beaverstore Site Before and After

Beaverstore Site Before/After

26th Sidewalks Before and After

26th Sidewalks Before/After

26th and Washington Way Crossing to Beaverstore After

Washington Way Crossing After

Accessible Parking Smart Sensors

To download the app, learn more about how to use it, and the project, visit the Oregon State University parking website.

Over winter break 2012-2013, Streeline installed parking sensors in 75 accessible parking spaces in the core of campus. This technology allows all OSU community members who need accessible parking to find open spaces in the core of campus in real time via a smartphone app or a web browser. The app also shows all OSU community members parking information about campus. This is a two-year pilot project by Disability Access Services, Transit and Parking Services, and the Office of Equity and Inclusion.

Read some of the stories that have been published about this project:

Video on how to use the Parker App.

2012 Restroom Improvements

Restrooms have been improved in five locations around campus: Dearborn, Gilbert Addition, Milam, Peavy, and Wilkinson. These projects near classroom spaces were funded using deferred maintenance funds.

More restroom upgrades are planned as funding becomes available.

Dearborn Restroom After 1

Dearborn Restroom After

Dearborn Restroom After 2

Dearborn Restroom After

Gilbert Addition Restroom After 1

Gilbert Addition Restroom After

Gilbert Addition Restroom After 2

Gilbert Addition Restroom After

Milam Restroom After 1

Milam Restroom After

Milam Restroom After 2

Milam Restroom After

2012 Captioning Project

Starting with Commencement 2012, all major events happening in Reser Stadium and Gill Coliseum, including football and basketball games, will be captioned on the video-boards.

2011-2012 University Housing & Dining Services Improvements

Many of the following UHDS projects directly improved access, even if the project was not a focus on accessibility improvements. UHDS is a self-funded auxiliary, so no general university money was spent on these projects, only that UHDS collects from room rates.

  • Direct construction money spent – $3.8m
  • Wilson Hall Bathroom Remodel: $250,000
  • Sackett Hall Exterior Upgrade/Sprinkler/Detection (3 new accessible building entrances, for a total of 4): $3m
  • Weatherford Terrace Handrails: $20,000
  • Poling Accessible Parking (2 new space): $108,947
  • Cauthorn Parking (2 new spaces): $78,055
  • Orchard Court Playground (now accessible): $346,975

Sackett entrance with steps only before renovation

Sackett Entrance Before

Sackett entrance with ramp and steps

Sackett Entrance After

Another new accessible sackett entrance

Another Accessible Entrance

Sackett Sidewalks before renovation

Sackett Sidewalks Before

Sackett Sidewalks After renovation

Sackett Sidewalks After

Weatherford handrail improvements

Weatherford Handrail Upgrade

Poling Hall Accessible parking

Poling Hall Accessible Parking

A different view of poling hall accessible parking

Another View of Poling Hall

Orchard Court Playground

Orchard Court Playground

2012 Exterior Pedestrian & Transportation Improvements

Most of the work in this category improved existing versus creating new.

30th & Campus Way Intersection Improvements.

  • Direct money spent – $185,676
  • Improved street crossings - 6
  • Improved intersection area added - approx. 5,800 square feet

26th and Jefferson Accessible Parking. These three newly created spaces replace the two spaces displaced for construction of the Native American Longhouse.

In addition, over 100 barriers on campus as identified in the Accessibility Survey & Assessment were removed.

30th and campus way intersection before and after improvements

30th and Campus Way Before/After

Jefferson & 26th Accessible Parking Construction

Jefferson & 26th Accessible Parking Construction

Jefferson & 26th Accessible Parking After

Jefferson & 26th Accessible Parking After

2011 Exterior Pedestrian & Transportation Improvements

  • Direct construction money spent – $1.1m
  • New paths created – 4,195 linear feet
  • New parking area added – 16,948 square feet
  • New ADA intersection improvement areas added – 5,190 square feet
  • New street crossings created – 11
  • New ADA parking spaces added – 10
  • Additional work renovated 15 ADA spaces between Women’s Building and Bates Hall north parking lots

Dixon Path

Jefferson to Dixon path

Merryfield Parking

Merryfield Parking

MU Jefferson Crossing

MU Jefferson Crossing

Pioneer Place Campus Way Crossing

Pioneer Place Crossing

Pioneer Place Parking

Pioneer Place Parking

Waldo Parking and Path

Waldo Parking and Path

Women's Building Parking

Women's Building Parking

Milam to Kelley Crossing

Milam to Kelley Crossing

ALS Parking and Crossing

ALS Parking and Crossing

2011 Classroom/Facilities Remodels & Improvements

  • $9m on general remodel work, of that, estimated $1.5 - $2m on access improvements
  • Weniger Hall Auditoriums 116, 149 & 153
  • New accessible entrance created into Weniger
  • Milam Auditorium and classrooms
  • New accessible entrance created into Milam
  • Withycombe Auditorium
  • Replaced Withycombe ramp
  • Gilfillan Auditorium and adjoining restrooms

Gilfillan Auditorum After

Gilfillan Auditorum After

Milam Ramp

Milam Ramp

Weniger Classroom After

Weniger Classroom After

Withycombe 109 Before and After

Withycombe 109 Before/After

Withycombe Ramp

Withycombe Ramp

2011 Accessible Furniture Project

  • $300k spend to supply/upgrade most general purpose classrooms with dedicated furniture,
  • Crank adjustable tables for those mobility needs
  • Lumbar support chairs for those with mobility/back issues
  • Larger chairs for those needing more space
  • RFID tracking hardware are software to ensure furniture does not get removed
  • Locked chairs for interpreters and transcribers in each room

Lumbar Chair & Table

Lumbar Chair & Table

Table Sign

Table Sign

Interpreter Chairs

Interpreter Chairs 2

2010 Exterior Pedestrian & Transportation Improvements

  • Direct construction money spent – $667,600
  • New path created – 4,028 linear feet
  • New parking area added – 8,650 square feet
  • New ADA intersection improvement areas added – 3,027 square feet
  • New street crossings created – 8
  • New ADA parking spaces added – 25

Gilkey Parking

Gilkey Parking

Jefferson & 26th Intersection

Jefferson & 26th Intersection

MU Quad Parking

MU Quad Parking

Twenty-sixth street Milam Crossing

26th Street Milam Crossing

Bates and Ballard Extension Sidewalks and Crossing

North 26th Pathways

Weniger Sidewalks and Parking

Weniger Sidewalks & Parking

2010 Classroom/Facilities Remodels & Improvements

  • Milne 201 remodel
  • Replace ramp at Gilfillan Auditorium
  • Replace ramp at Kerr Admin Bldg
  • Cordley 1109 platform build to create flat accessible seating area
  • Furniture replacement in 26 small classrooms (not all access related)

Gilfillan Ramp

Gilfillan Ramp

Kerr Ramp

Kerr Ramp

Strand Ag Hall 109

Strand Ag Hall 109

Organization

Three major changes in this area designed to increase the focus on accessibility include; the reorganization of the Accessible University Initiative Task Force and the Commission on the Status of Individuals with Disabilities, the creation of a position in the Office of Equity and Inclusion to focus on access and the needs of people with disabilities, and the creation of a position in Facilities Services to focus on the accessibility of physical environment facilities in design and construction.

The AUITF was reorganized in April 2012 into the Accessible University Advisory Committee (AUAC) to recognize the ongoing nature of its work beyond what is contemplated for a task force. At the same time COSID was also reorganized. Specifically, both committees were reorganized to enhance the work and better align AUAC and COSID as reporting directly as advisory committees to the Office of Equity and Inclusion, the office with ADA responsibilities. Committee roles, charges, membership and operating procedures were clarified as well. AUAC will continue to secondarily report to the VP for Finance and Administration, and COSID will begin reporting secondarily to the Provost and Executive VP.

Policy

  • AUITF (now AUAC) unanimously recommended that OSU adopt the 2010 ADA Standards for Accessible design on 9/15/2011, well before it was legally required,
  • AUAC has recommended the adoption of best practices for accessibility, with the help of the campus accessibility assessment process, that will be included in the Construction Standards that all projects have to follow,
  • COSID and AUAC pushed for a new policy – 3 free visitor parking pass hours for all ADA parking permit holders – that has been adopted as an Oregon Administrative Rule for OSU,
  • The OSU Policy of Nondiscrimination on the Basis of Disability was revised and adopted,
  • The OSU Service & Assistance Animal Policy was created and adopted, and
  • A new policy, the OSU Policy on Information Technology Accessibility was created and adopted by the Cabinet and Provost’s Council on 8/22/2011.

Process and Practice

There have been many practice changes recently to address procedural ways in which we can tackle the complex issue of accessibility in our physical environment. Some of these were initiated by the AUAC, others as a result of the campus accessibility assessment, and others by offices on campus. Some of these changes include the following:

  • Require the selection of architecture firms designing facilities to include criteria about universal design and the needs of people with disabilities.
  • Require language in contracts signed with design firms to include language about universal design and requirements for consulting with campus on these goals to the “owners satisfaction [OSU].”
  • Created a Criteria for Consultation to give Facilities Services expectations for when to come to AUAC for project reviews (20+ reviews completed).
  • Require OSU and design firms to hold public accessibility workshops early on during the design process to ensure access is included in initial and ongoing design processes and conversations (9 held so far; Strand Ag, Austin Hall, New Student Residence, OSU Beaver Store, New Classroom Building, Student Experience Center, Austin Hall 2nd Workshop, MU East Wing, Washington Way).
  • Review of major and capital construction projects during early design, and an on site review post construction completed by a firm with expertise in accessibility.

Assessment & Planning

There are three ways that the university has attempted to approach accessibility work in this arena; assess campus for physical accessibility, climate surveys, and committee work.

The university has concluded the first phase of a campus accessibility survey and assessment in an effort to identify barriers in the physical environment. This work included evaluating all of the pedestrian and transportation facilities within the main campus up to entrances to buildings, and will continue with individual interior building assessments. This work will help the university continue to develop best practices for access, and includes as additional main goals barrier removal prioritization and identification of as many accessible paths as possible around campus – to achieve a universally accessible campus.

Three groups are currently or have recently conducted campus outreach to assess climate; COSID, Disability Access Services, and the Office of Equity & Inclusion. COSID’s survey was conducted in late 2011/early 2012 to assess the effectiveness of COSID on campus, and give the commission direction. There were 182 responses. Data is still being evaluated, but, in general, many people acknowledge good work has happened recently, while many others say there is still a lot of work to do to make OSU fully accessible.

Disability Access Services routinely surveys the students it serves, in 2012 it surveyed faculty it works with to provide accommodations and classroom access, to learn about where else efforts are needed to improve.

The Office of Equity & Inclusion has been tasked by the President to conduct a campus wide self-study on all current equity and inclusion efforts to help articulate a vision of the preferred future of OSU through identifying significant goals that must be pursued.

In addition to all of the efforts above, accessibility and the needs of people with disabilities has been emphasized through the increase in committee participation all over campus that those of us working on these goals have committed to. These committees include:

Education & Outreach

Much of the work in this area includes the work listed in previous sections, but it also includes many presentations, events, and trainings conducted by numerous people around campus.

Since 2011, 26 professional development/training sessions specifically on accessibility of our environments, were conducted for over 355 people, including faculty, staff and students. Disability Access Services as an office has conducted around 25 training sessions for the OSU community during the 2011-2012 academic year.

President Ed Ray participated in a nationwide video project to emphasize, in higher education, the need for accessibility and inclusion, particularly in our IT environments.

Contact Info

Equity and Inclusion
526 Kerr Administration Corvallis, Oregon 97331 Ph: 541-737-3556 Accessibility Email
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