“Aging in Place” is receiving a lot of press. WCAI, NPR for the Cape, Coast & Islands, featured a story in December on the changes a Cape Cod resident made to his house that will allow him to “age in place.” As homeowners age being able to stay in their homes safely is increasingly important. […]
KMA staff Hazel Ryerson, Certified Aging in Place Specialist, was featured on last week’s WCVB Chronicle episode which highlighted the growing popularity of aging in place. Hazel’s project feature begins at 2:31.
KMA is excited to have been selected again by our colleagues at Enterprise Green Communities for inclusion in their national database of Technical Assistance providers. The database lists qualified experts in topics related to the design, development, and construction of energy efficient, environmentally friendly, and safe affordable housing. Through our inclusion in the database, KMA […]
Construction has recently finished on KMA’s latest residential renovation, a cross-gabled Victorian in Melrose, MA. The project included subtracting an incompatible addition and deck (a former dentist’s office) from the front of the house and replacing them with two new outdoor elements: a semi-enclosed porch with period details and a modern deck, mahogany screen wall, […]
The Preservation League of New York State recently awarded R. Wade Johnson Design an Excellence in Historic Preservation 2017 award for their renovation of the Beekman Hotel. KMA is pleased to have been the accessibility consultant on this project.
KMA has hired Maxwell Goldman as an Access Planner. Max is a 2017 graduate of Westfield State University, where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Regional Planning with a concentration in Social Justice. Although this will be his first job out of school, Max has previous access experience from the summer of 2016, […]
KMA is excited to provide accessibility consulting services to the Architectural Heritage Foundation on the Worcester Memorial Auditorium project. The building is known locally as the Aud and was built in 1933 as a World War I memorial. The interior murals, painted by Leon Kroll, were the largest in the nation at the time of […]
On Wednesday, August 2, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced that $38 million of funding will be available “to fight housing discrimination.” Over $30 million of the funding is targeted for Private Enforcement Initiative grants – “available to organizations that conduct intake, testing, investigation and litigation” under the Fair Housing Act […]
The Department of Justice (DoJ) has placed website accessibility on the regulatory inactive list. This action does not negate the need to create an accessible website. At present, cases are tried under the premise that the internet is a public accommodation subject to title III of the ADA. The Department of Justice clarified this position […]
A117.1-2017 has recently been released. This latest version of the accessibility standards has updated requirements for turning spaces, clear floor spaces, and maneuvering clearances. For example, the 60” turning radius has grown to 67” (for new construction). This could greatly impact future room layout designs. A more detailed analysis of A117.1-2017 will follow.