ADA Elevator Specifications
Elevator Buttons & Signs
Braille should be in textile lettering, placed either below or next to the floor buttons on the control panel. In any set of numbers, they must be in ascending order, to correlate with the ascending elevator. There also must be clear indicators of when the elevator arrives at a floor, like a flashing green light, and a recorded announcement, as well. There must be two-way radio communication available in the ADA accessible elevator, and the emergency controls must be in a group at the bottom of the control panel. But wait! There's more… These emergency controls are to be installed with their centerlines no less than 35" from the finish floor. Are you getting the distinct impression that this is a bit much? Well, before you judge too harshly, keep in mind that because many of these patrons are blind or mentally challenged, the system must be completely uniform in design, and there mustn't be too much room for alternatives. If strictly done in this way, someone who is blind, for example, can count on right where to (look) feel for the Braille instructions, when necessary. And, since elevators are considered a key component of being able to navigate the building, as well as make it out in case of an emergency, especially for those with disabilities, it is crucial that you have ADA signage in place, as well.