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ADA Live Seminar (5-hours)
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ADA Live Seminar (5-hours)

This five-hour course has been prepared to help architects earn the mandatory accessibility learning units required for licensure in California. For AIA members, our ADA seminars also provide health, safety & welfare (HSW) credits that count towards the 18.0 learning units required to maintain AIA membership in good standing.

When: 5/5/2017
8:30 am - 2:00 pm
Where: Pipe Trades Training Center (in the multi-purpose room)
780 Commercial Street
San Jose, California  95112
United States
Presenter: Gilda Puente-Peters, AIA, CASp
Contact: April Becerra
408-298-0611 ext 101

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Gilda Puente-Peters, AIA, CASp


Gilda Puente-Peters is a Certified Access Specialist, CASp-24. In addition, Ms. Puente-Peters served as a Subject Matter Expert on the Certified Access Specialist Program committee for the Division of the State Architect, to advise in the development of the California Certified Access Specialist certification program.


Gilda Puente-Peters Architects (GPPA) has prepared and conducted multiple customized Accessibility and Universal Design Trainings, Seminars and Round Tables, nationally and internationally. Ms. Puente-Peters brings to her trainings 28 years of specialized experience in access compliance, sharing with the trainees her in-depth knowledge and practical application of State and Federal codes and regulations into the wide variety of projects undertaken.

   Program Description

This five-hour course has been prepared to refresh architects, developers and like-minded professionals working in the commercial and mixed use residential arenas. By exploring key FHA and CBC requirements in the context of common mistakes that are made, an understanding of the major requirements that impact spatial design will be obtained. Lessons from case studies in seminal residential accessibility lawsuits as well as commercial accessibility lawsuits will be explored, and methods for addressing non-compliance will be addressed. Presentation will have an emphasis on the new July 2015 Code Supplements.


Part I: 2.5 Hours

New 2016 CBC Code Changes, enforceable as of January 1, 2017

Universal Design Case Studies

This seminar will provide a code update of the 2016 CBC code cycle changes, which will be enforced as of January 1, 2017.


Universal Design presentation and illustration of its principles applied in creative case studies, of inclusive and inspirational facilities. The benefits of mainstreaming Universal Design are discussed. Understanding ergonomics and the impact of our design solutions on the functionality and improvement in the quality of life for people with a wide variety of abilities. The case studies include a large indoor/outdoor museum, Frank Guerry Biodiversity Museum in Panama, Incheon International Airport and the Ed Robert’s Center that houses organizations of persons with disabilities.


Part II: 2.5 Hours

Privately Funded Housing, Apartments, Condominiums, Swimming Pools Private Residence Adaptation Case Study


This training session covers the accessibility requirements for Privately funded Housing Apartments, Condominiums, Swimming Pools. The Fair Housing Act Design Manual and California Housing Accessibility requirements contained in CBC Chapter 11A and its six divisions. The presentation includes photos, drawings and graphics that illustrate the different topics covered.


The training will cover a case studies of a private residence that has been adapted to fit the needs of its owner, a person who uses a wheelchair.

   Learning Objectives
  • Get familiar with 2016 CBC code changes and new sections.
  • Understanding the benefits of Universal Design and Inspirational Case Studies
  • Understand the privately funded Housing Accessibility scoping and technical requirements.
  • Review the Fair Housing Act and its FHA Manual, review section by section of the six divisions of CBC Chapter 11A, from the application and definitions to exterior facilities, building and dwelling unit features, common use areas and site
    impracticability tests.
  • Common errors and best practices will be discussed.
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Registration Fees:

   $125 Members                                                                       

   $160 Non Members                                                                                                                                                 

   $25 late fee for all registrations after 4/28/17


CAB and AIA CEU Reporting: A letter confirming your attendance, along with the details of the course will be emailed to you within three days after the conclusion of the seminar. Please save this email as your proof of attendance for the California Architects Board. The AIASCV office will report your HSW credits earned to AIA on your behalf.


Questions: Contact April Becerra, CAE, AIASCV Executive Director at 408-298-0611ext 101 or contact us at

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