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by Richard Acree of ADA Inspections Nationwide, LLC

Two Doors in Series ADA Compliance

ADA Inspections completed by ADA Inspections Nationwide, LLC, can include a Tier II Abbreviated Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Accessibility Survey or a Tier III full survey/inspection.  Among the many components of these Surveys is the entrance(s)/exit(s) to the building.  Look at the picture below.  Does this entrance/exit look like it complies with ADA guidelines?

HINT:  Think about turning a wheel chair around in a circle.

Image of two entry doors in series.

Image of two entry doors in series.

ANSWER:  The answer is NO, this entrance/exit does not comply with ADA guidelines.  When there are two main entry/exit doors mounted in a series, as these are, the minimum recommended space between the doors is 48", including the width of any door swinging into the space.  In this case, the first door, when exiting from the interior, swings in towards the space between the doors.  This would encroach on that space making it very difficult to turn a wheel chair.  To comply with ADA guidelines both sets of doors should have been mounted to open away from each other. 

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If you observe a building that is not ADA compliant and you would like to know how to proceed, please see the link at What To Do When A Building Is Not ADA Compliant or Accessible.

Thank you,
Richard Acree