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BDS Code Consulting is a firm that specializes in review, consulting and teaching for building code and ADA accessibility related fields. Our services include a variety of options to make your job easier and more efficient. From code consulting and plan review to accessibility site survey reports, we have the expertise to help designers and property owners develop safer more cost effective projects. Our goal has always been to provide practical solutions to code related design challenges. It has been our privilege to serve the design community in this capacity throughout the southwest for over 3 decades.

WHAT WE DO

 

For over 35 years, our firm has been offering a wide range of building code, life safety consulting services to individuals, architects, engineers, and municipalities. Our goal is to provide you with the quality service you need to make your job easier. From building code training courses to ADA compliance surveys, we have the skills necessary to help make your project a success. Below is a list of standard services we offer that have proved successful to our clients for many years. Though our list of services is relatively extensive, we know that each client is unique and has specific needs. Our flexibility enables us to meet those needs. For more information please contact us today.

 

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    Code Consulting

    Providing solutions to effectively incorporate code requirements within your project.

  • Seminars + Training Services Link Icon

    Seminars + Training

    From basic refresher courses to in depth seminars, get essential building code training with unique insight by qualified professionals…

  • ADA Accessibility Review Link Icon

    ADA Accessibility Review

    Full site survey’s and ADA Accessibility plan review for determining site compliance with ADA Standards.

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    Expert Witness

    Examination of existing site conditions for barrier removal and compliance with ADA Standards.

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    Plan Review

    Development Plan Checking for commercial and residential structures, site plans, etc.

  • ADA Compliance Drafting Service Icon

    Drafting

    We help you to explore ways to integrate Accessible Standards into new and existing projects.

 

RECENT + UPCOMING SEMINARS

 

AZBO Spring 2017 Education Institute

DATE: April 6 – 7, 2017

LOCATION: Sheraton Tucson Hotel & Suites · 5151 E Grant Rd, Tucson, AZ 85712

 

Session 508 – ADA for New Construction (Friday, April 7)

This class will provide ongoing instruction on utilizing the 2010 ADA Standards in design, plan review and inspection. A new area of interest to be included in the course will be an overview of the PROWAG for public rights-of-ways and how this will affect site-plan review and inspection. There will be discussion on the differences between the Federal ADA laws, the Arizona accessibility laws, IBC ANSI, and Locally adopted accessibility codes. Review of changes to the ADA since 1991, including major reformatting, revisions to the scoping, philosophical differences, and new areas of compliance, and navigating websites of the Access Board and ADA.gov. Decision making on which documents cover which types of buildings, occupancies and uses. Ongoing coordination between the ADAAG, the IBC, and ANSI A117.1 will be discussed.

Session 408 – Building Disasters II (Thursday, April 6)

This class continues the second half of the Building Disasters Series from the late 70s to the present. A dozen Buildings in U.S. History will be presented in multimedia format, and discussed as to how the catastrophic events have led to significant code changes. First Interstate Bank Fire, One Meridian Plaza Fire, Station Nightclub, Twin Towers, and MGM Grand are a few of the building disasters that will be covered during this class. Materials: Handouts will be provided in class.

MORE TRAINING OPTIONS

ARTICLES

 

10 January

Alterations Part III: Application of Funds

After calculating the 20% limit this money must be earmarked for various accessibility elements serving the Primary Function of the building. Question: Can the 20% money be spent on the Primary Function area also, since some of the Primary Area needs new accessible features? Answer: The 20% funds are intended for…

10 January

Alterations Part II: Path of Travel Cost Calculation

The alteration requirements contain a limit on how much money is required to be spent on accessible elements serving the Primary Area remodel. Question: What limits are placed on alteration costs within the Primary Function Area? Answer: Altered Elements are to be upgraded to…

1 December

Construction (field) Tolerances for Accessible Design

Field Tolerances are permitted during construction, but not allowed for design. It is important that designs do not include ± on dimensions, as this would provide a moving target rather than complying dimensions. The field “tolerance” or “adjustment” is allowed in construction due to minor differences in finish materials and their installation. An exception to the allowance for field tolerances is when…

24 September

Arizona Accessibility Site Surveys

Privately owned businesses that are open to the general public are required to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). One of the significant obligations is to remove barriers that are identified in the ADA. Recent news stories have highlighted civil rights complaints that have been filed against businesses in Arizona, claiming that certain “barriers” still existed on their property. Such claims have focused on…