Over the past two decades, the design of recreation and assembly buildings has undergone numerous changes, brought about by everything from aesthetic trends and technology advances to demographic shifts and new understanding about occupant comfort and user experience. Another major factor has been ever-evolving building codes.
The design/construction industry’s shift to using the building information modeling (BIM) process has opened the gateway to managing large quantities of data to ensure complete coordination and integration among all facets of the building process.
Locks, latches, deadbolts, and hinges are nothing new to those in the building construction industry. However, in the United States, recent legislation and rapid advances in technology have led to major innovations for the hardware industry, especially over the last 30 years.
To some, it may seem impossible to meet the flatness required by the Americans with Disabilities Act’s (ADA’s) 2.1 percent maximum slope for random traffic floors, landings, walkways, sidewalks, curb ramps, entrances, exit ways, ramps, and intersections at walkways.