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
Counters: Section
The height of counter tops is difficult to control because the floor of NYCHA buildings is constructed of poured concrete which is not always level. Thus, it is best to dimension counter top heights to be slightly less than 34 in. so that slight differences in floor elevation will not result in non-complying conditions
Counter space
Figure 1

Is there at least one 30 inch section of counter which is no more than 34 inches above the floor measured from the floor to the top of the counter?

Counter knee space
Figure 2

Does this section have a 30 inch wide and 19 inch deep clear knee space?

Removable cabinetry
This illustration shows a typical NYCHA removable cabinet. You can identify it by seams and screw heads where the front 
and base are dissattached.
If this section of counter has base cabinets, are they removable to provide the minimum clearance? (see Figure 2)



Does the floor finish extend underneath the counter to the wall? (see Figure 2)

This requirement allows the arms 
of a wheelchair to slide under the countertop. Supporting structure includes any cross pieces of cabinetry under the countertop. It does not include the sink. At sinks, the structure may have to be more extensive but it can be located up against the face of the sink bowl.
Is the counter and its supporting structure 2 inches thick or less? (see Figure 2)

Counter clear floor space
Figure 3

Is there a 30 x 48 inch clear floor space at this counter? (19 of the 48 inches can extend under the counter)

Are there no sharp or abrasive surfaces under the counter? (see Figure 2)

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