Design is the formulation of an aesthetic and functional plan that considers the human interaction with an object.
Where's the design?
When installing a commercially purchased hydraulic handicapped lift, where are the aesthetics and creativity? Unsightly, obtrusive, invasive, obstruction and hazard are descriptive words that come to mind.
The installation of a deck mounted handicapped lift on a commercial or public pool actually violates other codes, ones that require unobstructed access around the entire perimeter of the pool.
Thoughtful design keeps everyone happy
To remain code compliant with all of the various and conflicting codes, one needs to get creative.
Two easy solutions are transfer seat walls or ramps. A beach entrance can easily function as an ADA compliant access ramp, provided that the slopes are correct.
A transfer seat is merely a wall of the pool that is free standing. The pool deck is lowered 18 inches in relation to the pool coping. A wheelchair bound person, merely transfers to this raised bench and swings around into the pool.
With a little thought, ugly pool deck mounted handicapped lifts are not required to remain compliant with the ADA.
Paolo Benedetti - Aquatic Artist
"Creating water as art."™
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