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RECAP:   Photo's from the November meeting. Presentation by Michael Ellars on 'Accessibility: Past & Present'


All video & images courtesy of Connie Caruthers.

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Date: Thursday, November 6th, 2014


Location: Holiday Inn - Ontario Airport,

2155 East Convention Center Way, Citrus Room

Ontario, CA 91764



Members & Guests - $35

Students - $10, dinner & presentation

Students - presentation only - free



5:30 - 6:00  Social time /  Networking

6:00 - 7:30 pm:  Dinner

6:30:  Introduction of Speaker / Presentation

6:35 - 8:00 pm:  Speaker / Thank you / Anncmnts


Presentation: Accessibility: Past & Future
Hosted by IECSI

CEU Credit:  1.5 Hours of CAB Continuing Education



Part 1: A Brief Overview of Accessibility

“Accessibility” may seem like a modern buzzword, but the concept of making the built environment more accommodating to persons with disabilities has been around for quite some time. This part of the seminar will review the historical evolution of social attitudes towards disabled persons and construction-related accessibility standards.


Part 2: Accessibility Best Practices for the 2013 California Building Code

We often forget that our building standards codes establish minimum requirements. By pushing just a little beyond these minimums, we can create better buildings that not only provide for greater accessibility for disabled persons but also reduce accessibility-related legal risks for building owners. This part of the seminar will review the new format for Chapter 11B of the California Building Code (CBC), identify the source and effect of some of the most common errors in design and construction of accessible elements, and recommend “best practices” to help avoid those common errors.


Presented by:  Michael Ellars, AIA, CSI, LEED AP, CASp

Michael Ellars is a California licensed Architect (C-30683) and Certified Access Specialist (CASp-111). As an Architect and Senior Associate with DLR Group, a national architecture and engineering firm, Michael frequently investigates new and existing construction for various construction defects (including compliance with construction-related accessibility regulations) and works with building owners and tenants to develop solutions to address those defects. He also teaches educational seminars covering architectural topics including licensing, building codes, and construction-related accessibility regulations; these seminars are presented both internally for DLR Group offices and publicly for local chapters of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and the Construction Specifications Institute (CSI). Since 2010, Michael has regularly volunteered to teach architectural licensing seminars for “NotLY” (Not Licensed Yet), a series of free educational events hosted by the University of Southern California (USC) School of Architecture.


Guest Speaker

Michael Ellars, AIA, CSI, LEED AP, CASp

Architect  |  Senior Associate

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Holiday Inn, Ontario Airport,

2155 East Convention Center Way, Ontario, CA 91764

The Inland Empire Chapter of the Construction Specifications Institute