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
Elevator Floor Plan
Usability Standard (Voluntary Compliance Agreement)
Elevator floor plan
Figure 1

Compare the dimensions of the elevator above against the following options allowed by the Usability Standard (VCA). Does it comply?

Elevator Sizes Allowed by VCA

Door Width Cab Depth Cab Width
32" min. 45" min. 52.5" min.
33" min. 44" min. 52.5" min.
34" min. 43" min. 52.5" min.
35" min. 39.5" min. 52.5" min.
36" min. 39.25" min. 52.5" min.
37" min. 39.25" min. 52.5" min.

Section 4.10.9
Elevators that do not comply with one of the options above can still be checked with the standard UFAS rules. Fig. 2 and 3 come from UFAS. 
Note that the UFAS requirements are significantly more stringent than the Usability Standard. The Usability Standard accommodates the small size of elevator shafts in existing NYCHA buildings. The standard UFAS elevator sizes allow turning a wheelchair around in the car. The Usability Standard sizes will generally not provide enough space to turn a wheelchair around.
Elevator floor plan
Figure 2 (UFAS Figure 22a)
The UFAS elevator plan dimensions would allow elevators to be deeper than they are wide. However, they would have to be at least 68 in. wide. In general, elevators should be wider than they are deep because it facilitates egress from the cars.  
Elevator floor plan
Figure 3 (UFAS Figure 22b)
Does the floor area of the car allow maneuvering room for wheelchair users to enter the car, reach the controls, and exit?
Figures 2 and 3 provide the minimum dimensions required to turn around in the elevator.

Other Issues of compliance:
Section 4.5.1
Are the floors in and adjacent to the elevator stable, firm, and slip-resistant?

Section 4.10.11

Is the illumination level at the car controls, the platform, and the car threshold and landing sill at least 5 footcandles?
These rules are obvious and can be checked easily in the field. It is unlikely that they would become an issue.  
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