Accessible design has moved beyond just meeting standard building codes and ADA requirements. Instead, a new concept called Universal Design aims to create spaces that cater to the needs of all individuals, regardless of disability. This concept explores providing additional accessibility without increasing costs and seeks to make buildings safer and more usable for people of all ages. Universal Design can be integrated into public facilities, workplaces and social justice centers to enhance the quality of life for all occupants.
When incorporating Universal Design principles into an architectural plan, the objective is to enable and empower a diverse population, creating an environment that makes movement easier, healthier and friendlier. One common aspect of Universal Design, essential for many buildings, involves the integration of in-floor drainage systems. Architectural drains play a significant role in enhancing building safety and accessibility for all individuals.
There are three types of drainage solutions—center drains, architectural linear drains and custom drains—that follow the principles of Universal Design. Infinity Drain Center Drains are are general floor drains that channel the surrounding floor or surface towards a central point, where water is collected in a catchment with a protective cover. This cover serves as a safety feature, ensuring that individuals of all ages step onto a smooth surface rather than an open area, contributing to an accessible design.
A different and more sophisticated approach to floor drainage is Infinity Drain’s Architectural Linear Drains. This type of drain is designed to slope the floor surface to one side, efficiently removing water along the low end. This concept allows water entry into the drain but also prevents any debris, maintaining a safe walking space.
In cases where pre-fabricated center drains and architectural linear drains are suitable for a project, Infinity Drain’s Custom Drain Solutions are a flexible alternative. These solutions can be designed to be curved or circular, capturing water while adhering to safety standards.
Architectural drains stand out as secure drainage options that have significantly contributed to the principles of Universal Design across various commercial settings, including multifamily buildings, hospitality establishments, sports facilities, healthcare centers and more.
Learn more about accessibility and Universal Design by taking our CEU course, Universal Design Incorporating Architectural Linear Drains, and earning credits today.
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