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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, […]

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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.

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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, […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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.

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Liability under the FHA extends to any entity – developer, architect or contractor – involved in the design and construction of the building.   Both 521 CMR and the FHA contain accessible design requirements for all residential units in a building containing an elevator and for all ground floor units in buildings without an elevator. We […]

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KMA is pleased to announce that Josh Safdie has been asked by Enterprise Communities to participate in this year’s Affordable Housing Design Leadership Institute (AHDLI) in June 2017.  AHDLI connects mission-driven designers and developers and facilitates collaboration on creating sustainable, universally designed, and affordable properties.

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KMA is pleased to announce that Josh Safdie has been asked to serve on the jury for the 2017 Housing Awards, co-sponsored by AIANY and the BSA. The Housing Design Awards are an annual event to recognize and honor design excellence and innovation in housing design. A slideshow of past awardees is available on the BSA […]

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