Services We Provide
US Access Consultants, Inc. (USAC) is an accessibility firm in San Diego County, California. The accessibility team at USAC is led by Corina Wilkes, a California Certified Access Specialist (CASp) and Texas Registered Accessibility Specialist. Corina was one of the first California Certified Access Specialists (CASp 019) in the state and she is also certified with the International Code Council. USAC has extensive experience providing accessibility surveys, developing transition plans, conducting plan reviews, and extending consulting services for a variety of clients.
USAC takes a proactive position with existing property owners to develop accessibility compliance barrier removal plans. We have a wide background in accessibility surveys, inspections, and assessment procedures. We have worked closely with owners of existing buildings, not only to determine their buildings non-compliant accessibility elements, but also to help make compliance plans and construction documents for implementing the barrier removal. We specialize in developing and enforcing accessibility inspections and modifications. USAC has many years of experience working on public and private sector projects with some of our most recent clients, including Genentech, Kaiser Permanente, University of California, Chase Bank, City of San Diego, UCSF Health, Loma Linda University, Scripps Healthcare, San Diego International Airport Authority, SeaWorld, Sutter Health, Marriott, Union Bank, Trammell Crow Residential, CVS, Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles, and many others.
Our team has an in-depth knowledge of both the federal and the state standards, and we pride ourselves in offering our clients a complete and thorough analysis of the issues they face. Our accessibility team attends conferences in association with the Department of Justice, United States Access Board, and the California Division of the State Architect to stay current with the most recent code interpretations and bulletins. We are confident in our ability to not only identify architectural barriers, but also to assist our clients in developing responsive, cost-effective solutions to remove those barriers.
How We Do It
Our extensive experience with performing accessibility services will prove advantageous to your project. The desired result of accessibility consulting is to eliminate architectural barriers that prevent or limit participation of the disabled.
To accomplish this, an accessibility specialist must have a detailed knowledge of the applicable accessibility codes and regulations, as well as a thorough understanding of how different barriers may affect different users. For example, the solution to removing a barrier for one user ends up creating barriers for other users.
Our accessibility team members are extremely knowledgeable, they recognize the value of providing complete and competent assessments, and they have a great appreciation for the positive impacts improved access can have on a community. We will bring to your project some of the most experienced accessibility specialists available.
Our team’s responsiveness and communication skills ensure our ability to serve your needs by maintaining communication and working closely with the various groups involved in a project. This is an area in which our team excels as we have always been able to work closely with our clients. More importantly, we understand the true significance of listening. This is the key: Hearing what our client’s critical issues are at the beginning of the project will help ensure the ultimate success of the project. Our past clients will attest to our responsiveness and comprehensive approach to accessibility services.
There are many different approaches to barrier removal work, from a thorough review and analysis of every element in a project, to a less detailed recording of obvious barriers. Our firm’s comprehensive evaluation process yields our clients with a detailed survey of their facilities where all non-compliant conditions are documented. This includes taking measurements and cataloging information for every deficiency, the information related to the barriers found is then entered into our database, and a spreadsheet is produced with barrier information that allows our client to continually monitor the status of their facilities and update the information as future building construction projects are completed. We provide photos, code references, and location code plans marked with unique barrier location codes that are tied to each barrier. We can also include recommended solutions and estimated costs for each barrier as part of a more comprehensive report. Our process of analyzing existing conditions is extremely detailed and crucial in addressing the legal requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act. It also provides our clients with reports that are usable by owners, project managers, contractors, maintenance, and design teams alike.