By Devese “Dee” Ursery
MADISON COUNTY — Several administration buildings within Madison County have received special upgrades to accommodate as required by the American Disabilities Act.
Crews from Slayden Glass, based in Wood River started installing ADA compliant doors on Tuesday, Dec. 26, at the administration building. As part of the American Disabilities Act Modification Project Madison County Officials went out over a year ago to secure low bids for the project. The total project was bid at $223,241, which was paid for by the Capital Project Fund.
ADA compliant doors were installed at the Criminal Justice Center, the Sheriff’s Office, and the Administration Building. New ADA doors will be added to the Madison County Courthouse after the turn of the year, according to Mike Bold facilities management director.
“Three of the upgrades are now complete and the final project will be to install a new sliding door that opens at the Courthouse,” Bold said. “The final project would be underway after the first of the year and would be done after hours due to the fact that the Courthouse has one door for public entrance for security reasons.”
Accessibility standards issued under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) apply to places of public accommodation, commercial facilities, and state and local government facilities in new construction, alterations, and additions. The ADA Standards are based on minimum guidelines set by the Access Board.
The ADA standards are issued by the Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Department of Transportation (DOT) and apply to facilities covered by the ADA in new construction and alterations. DOJ’s standards apply to all facilities covered by the ADA, except public transportation facilities, which are subject to DOT’s standards, according to https://www.access-board.gov/ada/. DOJ’s ADA standards (2010) became mandatory on March 15, 2012.
The Administration Building had a circular door at the center of their entrance that was no longer serviceable. The new entrance now includes two sliding doors with air handlers to restrict outside air from coming into the building when the doors open.
Chairman Pro-term Mick Madison said the doors are a big improvement since the circular doors were unusable.
“The new doors on the Administration Building look fantastic,” Madison said. “It’s the set of doors the majority of the public will see when they visit the county.”