Empowering a Community of Excellence

Transition Plan

The University of Kansas strives to operate each service or activity so that, when viewed in its entirety, it is accessible to and usable by people with disabilities. However, KU aspires to do more than comply with the letter of accessibility laws. Our goal is to endorse a campus climate that will sustain attention to the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) in the spirit in which it was designed and provide the KU campus community a climate of inclusiveness.

To help achieve this goal, KU has developed a transition plan to begin transforming its facilities to provide even greater accessibility for students, faculty, staff, and visitors with disabilities.

Plan Governance

The current transition plan was created in 2013 and updated in June 2017, by the Architectural Accessibility and Inclusion Committee which includes several members with various disabilities and representatives of organizations that advocate for the rights of people with disabilities.

Addition and Prioritization of Items

New items are typically added to the transition plan in one of two ways:

  • A person alerts the ADA RCEA Office or Facilities Planning and Development of an area on campus that could be improved for accessibility.
  • A newly built environment is added to the KU campus.

The Architectural Accessibility and Inclusion Committee votes to prioritize items on the transition plan.

Current Plan

The current plan for academic facilities, created in 2013 and updated in June of 2017, is illustrated in the table below. The Department of Student Housing maintains a separate transition plan for student housing facilities. If you have comments, questions, or recommendations for additions to the plan, please contact our office by email at accessibility@Ku.edu or by phone at 785-864-4946.

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KU Transition Plan1

Academic Accessibility Projects2

June 29, 2017

FY   Location   Project Number  Project Topic/Name   Completion   Comments  
2012  Strong Hall  
Fire Alarm Strobe Upgrades

12/2012
 
2012 Strong Hall  
Add Handrails to Central Main Entrance

2012
 
2012 Lippincott Hall 008/9023
New Elevator and Accessible Entrance

08/2012
 
2012 Murphy Hall 076/9550 Fire Alarm Strobes Installed in Courtyard
09/2012
 
2012  Watson Library 022/9241
Accessible Ramp Replacement

08/2012
 
2012  Sudler Annex 092/3725
Various Accessibility Improvements

04/2012

Included accessible ramp to entrance and accessible restroom.
2013 
Sunnyside Avenue to Jayhawk Boulevard

Lz_u/8715
Signage for Hawk Route from Sunnyside to Jayhawk Blvd
01/2013
 
2013
Lippincott Hall
008/9006
Add Handrails to Interior Stairs

02/2013
 
2013
Murphy Hall
076/10038
Add Ramp in Crafton-Preyer Theater Lobby

06/2013
 
2013
Carruth-O'Leary Hall
077/9787
Renovate IOA Office to be Compliant with 2010 ADA

06/2013
 
2013
Murphy Hall
Lz_f2/9969 Circle Drive at Naismith Drive Entrance
09/2013
Included new accessible parking stalls. Reworked circle drive to coordinate with Parking Lot 54 reconstruction.
2013 Parking Lot 54
Lz_g2/8997
Parking Lot Reconstruction
09/2013
Included accessible parking count increase and relocation as well as new ramp to Naismith Drive. Not all costs are attributable to accessibility components.
2013 Hill Engineering
233/9886

New Building
06/2013 Fully compliant site work and building. Not all costs are attributable to accessibility components.
2013 Jayhawk Boulevard Lz_u/9780 Jayhawk Boulevard Reconstruction Phase 1 09/2013 Included new sidewalks, ramps and crosswalks. Not all costs are attributable to accessibility components.
2014 Murphy Hall 076/9880
Add Elevator that Serves Level 2 and 3
08/2014  
2014 Structural Testing & Student Project Facility
088/8941

New Building
09/2014 Fully compliant site work and building. Not all costs are attributable to accessibility components. Costs included in LEEP2 below.
2014 LEEP2
088/9841
New Building
06/2015
Fully compliant site work and building. Not all costs are attributable to accessibility components.
2014
Pearson Scholarship Hall

071/10080

Major Renovation

08/2014
Cost listed includes total project cost. Not all costs are attributable to accessibility components.
2014
Sellards Scholarship Hall

072/10081

Major Renovation
08/2014 Cost listed includes total project cost. Not all costs are attributable to accessibility components.
2014
Stephenson Scholarship Hall
070/10082 Major Renovation
08/2014
Cost listed includes total project cost. Not all costs are attributable to accessibility components.
2014
Parking Lot 8

Lz_h/10252
Relocate Accessible Stall and Curb Cut
08/2014
 
2014
Parking Lot 129

Lz_g1/10269 

Add Accessible Parking Stall

08/2014
 
2014
Jayhawk Boulevard

Lz_u/9781

Jayhawk Boulevard Reconstruction Phase 2

09/2014
Included new sidewalks, ramps and crosswalks. Not all costs are attributable to accessibility components.
2014 Twente Hall   Add Automatic Door Operator and Curb Cut Spring 2014  
2015 DeBruce Center
240/9808

New Building

04/2016

Fully compliant site work and building. Not all costs are attributable to accessibility components.
2015 Capitol Federal Hall 234/8585 New Building
04/2016
Fully compliant site work and building. Not all costs are attributable to accessibility components.
2015 Self & Oswald Residence Halls; Daisy Hill Commons 235/8245 New Buildings 07/2015 Fully compliant site work and building. Not all costs are attributable to accessibility components
2015 Jayhawk Boulevard Lz_u/9782
Jayhawk Boulevard Reconstruction Phase 3

09/2015
Included new sidewalks, ramps and crosswalks. Not all costs are attributable to accessibility components.
2015 Douthart Scholarship Hall   Major Renovation 08/2015 Cost includes ADA modifications to meet Path of Travel requirements.
2015 Strong Hall 037/5638 Add Accessible Ramp to Front of Building 04/2015  
2016
Green Hall

150/11179

Add Automatic Door Operators to North Entrance and Restrooms

09/2016
 
2016
Miller Scholarship Hall
 
Major Renovation

08/2016
Cost includes ADA modifications to meet Path of Travel requirements.
2016
Watkins Scholarship Hall
  Major Renovation  
Cost includes ADA modifications to meet Path of Travel requirements.
2016 Memorial Drive
Lz_u/10715
Memorial Drive Reconstruction Phase 1 08/2016 Included new sidewalks, ramps and crosswalks. Also relocated accessible parking closer to Snow as well as increasing number of accessible stalls.
Not all costs are attributable to accessibility components.
2017 Malott Hall
Lz_e2/11220

Replace Ramp & Stair at NW Corner to be ADA Compliant
Summer 2017  
2017 Grace Pearson Scholarship Hall   Major Renovation
Summer 2017
Cost includes ADA modifications to meet Path of Travel requirements.
2017 Memorial Drive Lz_u/10716 Memorial Drive Reconstruction Phase 2
Summer 2017
Will include new sidewalks, ramps and crosswalks. Not all costs are attributable to accessibility components.
2017 Watson Library 022/11310 Modify Restrooms on Levels 3, 4 & 5 to be 2010 ADA Compliant
Summer 2017
Adds 2 single-occupant accessible restrooms on level 3. Modifies restrooms on levels 4 and 5 to be 2010 ADA compliant.
2018 Corbin Residence Hall 001/10417 Major Renovation
Summer 2018

Cost includes ADA modifications to meet Path of Travel requirements.
2018 Battenfeld Scholarship Hall   Major Renovation Summer 2018 Cost includes ADA modifications to meet Path of Travel requirements.
2018 Jayhawk Boulevard Lz_u/9783
Jayhawk Boulevard Reconstruction Phase 4
Summer 2018 Will include new sidewalks, ramps and crosswalks. Not all costs are attributable to accessibility components.
2018 Memorial Drive Lz_u/10717 Memorial Drive Reconstruction Phase 3 Summer 2018 Will include new sidewalks, ramps and crosswalks. This will complete an accessible path from Mississippi St. to West Campus Road. Not all costs are attributable to accessibility components.
1Contact Catherine Johnson, Director of the ADA Resource Center for Equity and Accessibility regarding implementation of KU's Transition Plan. Catherine Johnson may be contacted at accessibility@ku.edu or 785-864-4946
2Completion dates shown in italics are estimates. Projects requiring new construction, alterations or additions will comply with applicable Federal and State accessibility law.

Future Projects3 (Funding Needed, Project Dates Estimated)

Location  Project Number   Project Topic/Name   Completion  Comments  Priority 
Haworth Hall   Repair Elevators B and C 2018
By majority vote on 1/10/2018, AAIC amended the priority of future projects. Smith Hall redesignated from priority number one to priority two. AAIC designated the repair of Elevators B/C in Haworth Hall as the top priority for future projects. The Committee based its decision upon the large number of students, staff, faculty served by the building and the elevators necessity for full access to the Hawk Route.4 AAIC also factored into this decision, the possibility of relocation of orientation services from Smith Hall until the elevator installation occurs.
1

Smith Hall
021/10345 
Add Elevator

2018

AAIC remains committed to the installation of an elevator in Smith Hall as soon as funding permits. By majority vote, AAIC determined it appropriate and necessary to submit a recommendation to the Provost that additional non-R&R funding be explored for installation of Smith Hall elevator in 2018 fiscal cycle.

Project design is underway.

2
Wescoe Hall 132/11469
Add Automatic Door Operators at 2 Locations

2018
Project design is underway. 3
Murphy Hall 076/10195
Modify Restrooms on Level 3 West Wing to be 2010 ADA Compliant
  Single-occupant restroom study recommended adding 2 single- occupant restrooms to the former "lounge" outside the women's restroom adjacent to the theater lobby. 4
Parking Lot 16 Lz_c2/10337 
Analysis of Accessibility
  This may or may not be an accessibility issue. Phase 4 of Jayhawk Blvd Reconstruction will reexamine the issue. 5
Parking Lot 37   Add Accessible Aisle from Parking Stalls Across Drive to Dole Center   Estimated cost includes 6' wide striped aisle behind all parked cars, striped aisle to entrance, removing 6' of existing planter and patch of sidewalk at removed planter. 6
Watkins Memorial Health Center   
Upgrade One Elevator to be 2010 ADA Compliant and Programmed as an Exit Elevator
  Exit elevator function is not permissible because the building does not have fire sprinklers. Estimated cost includes only ADA upgrades (braille, signals, etc.) 7
Schwegler  Drive to Sunnyside
Avenue
  Add Accessible Route from Sunnyside Avenue to Parking Lot 90 and
Ambler Student Recreation Center
  Includes minor modifications to replace non-compliant sidewalks along with a short ramp near the NW corner of Robinson Center. 8
Spooner Hall  
Correct Non-Compliant Exterior Ramp
  Ramp on average is compliant. Portions slope more than 1:12. Portions slope less than 1:12. 9
Haworth Hall 104/10310
Modify Restrooms on Level 3 Stewart Wing to be 2010 ADA Compliant
    10
Dyche Hall   Accessibility Upgrades: Ramp to main entrance, accessible path to Upper
Panorama, accessible restrooms, single-occupant restrooms
  Items are being included as part of what will likely be a 2-phase renovation project. 11
Lindley Hall 042/9844 Add Automatic Door Operator to West Basement Entrance   FP&D will investigate adding this work to the current EEEC construction project. 12
3Approved by Architectural Accessibility & Inclusion Committee 7/25/2017. Contact Catherine Johnson, Director of ADA RCEA at accessibility@ku.edu to request AAIC consider placing additional accessibility projects on the Transition Plan.
4See 1/10/2018 Letter from Campus Operations (Campus Improvement Board)

Assessments5

Location  Project Number  Project Topic/Name  Completion   Comments
All Campus Buildings   Directional Signage for Restrooms  
Goal is to add directional signage at all non-accessible restrooms to the accessible restrooms within the same building.
Engel Road to Jayhawk Boulevard Lz_u/9716 
Accessible Route from Engel Road to Jayhawk Boulevard
 
Estimated cost includes new 5' walk along full route and curb ramps at each driveway. No regrading, landscaping, utilities, etc. are included. The future progress of this project is dependent on support from the City of Lawrence.
North & East Housing Bldgs to
Jayhawk Boulevard
Lz_u/9717
Accessible Route from North and East to Jayhawk Boulevard
 
Due to changes in elevation from eastern-most scholarship halls, this work would be prohibitively expensive and would require construction of ramp runs of unacceptable length along with potentially an elevator tower building. AAIC voted to remove from Transition Plan on 7/25/2017 and to conduct a formal assessment.
Campus-Wide Curb Ramps        
Robinson Center & Price Computing Center  
Add Accessible Path from Robinson Center to Price Computing Center
 
This would extend the sidewalk that currently runs between the tennis and volleyball courts to complete the accessible path.
Doing so would take the sidewalk through a heavily used activity field. AAIC voted to remove from Transition Plan on 7/25/2017 and to conduct a formal assessment.
Dole Institute   Add Automatic Door Operators to Level 1 Restrooms  
Dole Institute staff has reported this has not been an issue. AAIC voted to remove on from Transition Plan on 7/25/2017 and to conduct a formal assessment.
Dole Institute   Widen sidewalk and add site lighting  
Dole Institute staff has reported numerous complaints about the sidewalk width when multiple wheelchair users visit for events and a lack of adequate lighting from the accessible parking spaces to the building.
Robinson Center   Provide Additional Pool Lift  
The movable lift can serve both pools. AAIC voted to remove from the Transition Plan on 7/25/2017 and to conduct a formal assessment.
Murphy Hall   Accessible Seating Numbers in Crafton-Preyer Theater  
11 accessible spaces are required when counting total amount of seating in the theater. When counting seating on only the Orchestra level, 6 accessible spaces would be required. Theatre currently has 5 accessible spaces. Future plan for Theatre includes possibility of decreasing the number of seats on the Orchestra level and removing the balcony seating entirely. Will reassess seating requirements as part of that project.
Military Science 046/5874 Add Elevator  


AAIC review determined further assessment needed for proper evaluation of building. Initial assessment is that vertical integration may not be possible and would not meet State and Federal Standards. Concern raised that installation of elevator would likely only serve Levels 1 and 2. The basement level has constraints that limit the accessibility improvements that are possible such that an elevator extending down to this level would serve little purpose.

AAIC determined the following steps are necessary: 1) Complete a detailed assessment of building to identify accessibility and compliance elements; 2) Final determination from leaders on feasibility of relocation and demo of current building; 3) Relocate Military Science public programs and events to other accessible buildings.

5Architectural Accessibility & Inclusion Committee to discuss and vote on order of assessment priority in 2018

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