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Bar Design Ideas - How To Design Commercial Bars For ADA

How are commercial bars designed for ADA compliance?


Today there is no more grandfathering – everyone must adhere to the ADA standards for accessible design. Stay tuned!


BAR DESIGN IDEAS – HOW TO DESIGN COMMERCIAL BARS FOR ADA

For those who are unaware, the Americans With Disabilities Act (simply referred to as “ADA”) is a civil rights law that prohibits discrimination based on disability and was passed in 1990. In fact, all of our bar remodeling clients are encouraged to comply with the most-current, strictest ADA design specifications. With all the information on the internet, it’s still challenging for most people to understand the current design guidelines set-up for the bar and nightclub industry. Today I’m going to share these guidelines and some of my actual bar designs to help illustrate these ADA design ideas and solutions.

The general dimensional criteria we use when designing ADA-compliant design for seating at commercial bars is as follows:

  • 60” of width
  • Not greater than 34” in height
  • At least 19” of leg clearance

I can best illustrate these ADA dimensional clearances by showing you the following example, which can be downloadedSECTION VIEWS OF COMMERCIAL ADA BAR SEATING below. Here you’ll notice that we provide one ADA space (we refer to this as a “station”) – the same as every bar design. The space shown in this plan is 60” wide and if we look at the details of this in elevation and section views, you’ll notice that the height of the ADA countertop is set at 34” and that the outside edge of the ADA bar top is cantilevered 19” from the closest finish on the bar face. What I just described is the easy part of the design! The hard part is adapting standard bar equipment to function within this height constraint. In commercial bar design we utilize every square inch of space, so we must develop a solution for modifying the equipment. In most instances we specify a 3 CM bar top and ¾” of plywood underlayment, which leaves us with just slightly greater than 32” of vertical clearance for the respective underbar equipment. Most commercial underbar equipment is 37” tall, but these are metal fabrications that can normally be modified. No doubt the cost will increase for one or two pieces, but making efficient use of the entire underbar space justifies this cost. Most commercial bar sinks, drainboards and ice bins can be modified. We normally specify that the backsplash and legs be reduced by 3” each, so as to minimize back strain for the bartenders. In order to beautify the ADA station, we’ll normally specify tall side panels from the same material we’re specifying for the bar. To create a totally customized appearance, we specify that the end panels be 4” taller than the adjacent bar tops, which creates a way of trimming the upper bar, while also creating a backsplash.

Whether you’re remodeling your bar or embarking on a new construction project, you need to strongly consider adhering to the current ADA standards. It will be well-worth your effort to meet the most restrictive design standards for ADA bar design.

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DOWNLOADABLE INFORMATION DISCUSSED IN THIS PROJECT:

ADA-COMPLIANT DESIGN SKETCHES FOR COMMERCIAL BARS:

ELEVATION OF COMMERCIAL BAR WITH ADA SEATING
https://www.dropbox.com/s/6oc654myt2nvmc3/ELEVATION%20OF%20COMMERCIAL%20BAR%20WITH%20ADA%20SEATING.jpg?dl=0

CLOSE-UP ELEVATIONS OF ADA BAR
https://www.dropbox.com/s/ufn9b7yf1y1h2j2/CLOSE-UP%20ELEVATIONS%20OF%20ADA%20BAR%20SEATING.jpg?dl=0

SECTION VIEWS OF COMMERCIAL ADA BAR SEATING
https://www.dropbox.com/s/slusknxefi1e6og/SECTION%20VIEWS%20OF%20COMMERCIAL%20ADA%20BAR%20SEATING.jpg?dl=0


ADA GUIDE FOR SMALL BUSINESSES
https://www.dropbox.com/s/a5rldodql5fjq4s/ADA%20GUIDE%20FOR%20SMALL%20BUSINESSES.pdf?dl=0

HOW TO AVOID ADA DRIVE-BY LAWSUITS
https://www.dropbox.com/s/isn3ua5cxlytlty/How%20to%20Avoid%20Drive-By%20ADA%20Lawsuits.pdf?dl=0

 

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