Accessible Design in Public Housing: NYCHA Staff Training Program

Version 4.0 July 9, 2001

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Edward Steinfeld and Danise Levine, 2001
Additional Information
Dwelling Units
Section 4.34.2(12)
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These illustrations show a typical Conversion Rate Unit. 
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Figure 1

Is at least one full bathroom accessible or adaptable, including a water closet, a lavatory and a bathtub or shower?

Note: According to the Voluntary Compliance Agreement, the design may comply with any of the three designs below (Type IA, IB or II or  the UFAS criteria). For this example check against the prototype designs below.


In the field, dimensions will be slightly different than those on the plan. In particular, since tile is installed over the bathtub lip, the depth of all bathtub areas will be slightly smaller. This has no bearing on accessibility of the bathtub.  Unsquare walls can lead to slight differences in measurements taken at different sides of the room. Where variances are expected, dimensions can be planned to account for variation.  For example, instead of specifying 90 in. for the length of a bathroom, the designer can specify 91."  Of course, this is only possible if there is enough space in the apartment to do so. 
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Figure 2

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Figure 3

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Figure 4
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