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State and federal laws mandate access to all public programs in existing buildings, and full access in newly constructed and altered facilities. The Commonwealth of Massachusetts has initiated a unique program to improve accessible programs and facilities

A Case History

Massachusetts Maritime Academy

KMA was retained by the Massachusetts Department of Capital Asset Management & Maintenance (DCAMM) to develop an ADA Compliance Plan for the Massachusetts Maritime Academy – the Commonwealth’s four year, co-educational state university offering Bachelor and Master of Science degrees that are highly regarded in the worldwide maritime industry. KMA performed access audits of the Academy’s campus and buildings and worked with administrators, staff, and faculty to identify barriers to the Academy’s programs and services. The resulting ADA Compliance Plan provides the Academy with a scheduled approach to removing architectural barrier as well as modifying operations and policies to ensure equal access to all of its students.

Massachusetts Trial Courts

Kessler McGuinness & Associates was selected to develop a statewide ADA Self Evaluation and Transition Plan to ensure full access to all of the public programs and services in the Commonwealth’s 126 courthouses.

KMA worked with judges, administrators, security personnel, and advocates throughout the state to identify key issues, and is conducting comprehensive access audits of all courthouses. Accommodation plans are now in place, and the access audits information is helping prioritize capital funds for courthouse renovations and construction.

Representative Clients

U.S. Department of Justice
U.S. Architectural and Transportation Barriers Compliance (ATBCB)
City of Medord, MA
City of Newton, MA
East Boston Piers, Massachusetts Port Authority
Embarcadero Extension Park, San Francisco, CA
Gignoux Federal Building & U.S. Courthouse
Massachusetts Division of Capital Asset Management (formerly DCPO)
Massachusetts Governor’s Office of Human Resources
Massachusetts Port Authority
Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles
New Jersey State House
New York City Economic Development Center