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NMSU meets ADA bathroom standards across campuses

Date: 01/07/2015

With the New Year come resolutions, improvements and room for advancement. New Mexico State University has completed its resolution by finishing various construction projects over the last five years, putting a big checkmark on its to-do list.

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The downstairs bathroom in Roberts Hall on the main New Mexico State University campus in Las Cruces has been upgraded to meet current Americans with Disabilities Act standards. (NMSU photo by Jocelyn Apodaca)

NMSU Facilities and Services, along with Project Development and Engineering, completed 16 projects from 2009 to 2014, totaling $1,151,263 of upgrades and repairs related to compliance with the federal Americans with Disabilities Act.

The main campus in Las Cruces and Carlsbad campus each underwent modifications to several restrooms to meet ADA requirements, allowing more students to access restrooms.

?The university does a really good job to make sure we are paying attention to accessibility issues,? said Alton Looney, senior assistant director of Facilities and Services.

In 2010, the Department of Justice revised regulations for Titles II and III of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, requiring new alterations to be made. The changes required restrooms to be easy to access.

ADA guidelines govern facilities open to the public by dictating every aspect of design and construction necessary to ensure the facility is accessible to any person with disabilities.

Restroom design standards cover elements like the direction a door swings, width of stalls and bathrooms, mirror height and grab bars.

Buildings receiving ADA upgrades on the Las Cruces campus included the Educational Services Center, Jett Hall, O?Donnell Hall, Garcia Annex, Roberts Hall, Stucky Hall and the Fabian Garcia Science Center.

On the Carlsbad campus, the first and second floors of the main building were remodeled and the first and second floors of the instructional building were redone.

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