ADA Classes


The AIA Central Valley chapter is offering three (3) courses this year. Attendees taking any of the 3 scheduled course* will receive a total of 5 ADA credits to meet their licensing requirement. AIA members  will receive 5 Health Safety Welfare (HSW).  (*You only need to take one course to complete the licensing requirement)

February 28th / Instructors: Mark Wood, CASp and Paul Klein, CASp

This class is designed for architects, engineers, building department personnel and any other persons interested in California Building Code Chapter 11A – Housing Accessibility, the Fair Housing Amendments Act of 1988 and the Certified Access Specialist program (CASp). The class will thoroughly examine California-mandated access requirements for newly constructed covered multifamily dwellings, common use spaces versus public use spaces serving covered multifamily dwellings, accessibility upgrades to existing multifamily dwellings, and publicly funded housing.  SB 1608 & 1186 will be discussed, including what the program means to businesses and individuals planning on becoming a CASp.

June 27th / Instructor: Michael Chambers, FAIA

This class will explore the changes in accessibility standards, review accessibility priority systems from DOJ and others, examine the primary reasons why accessible designs fail in the field, review examples of field failures and design disconnects despite correct drawings.

September 19th / Instructors: Mark Wood, CASp and Paul Klein, CASp

The New 2013 CBC – New Easier to Use Format

 California Building Standards Commission adopted 2013 California Building Standards Code, including Part 2, Chapter 11B developed by the Division of the State Architect. The new code integrate existing state building code provisions with those from the 2010 Americans with Disabilities Act Standards for Accessible Design. The new regulations will, for the first time ever, align existing California and federal access regulations for everything ranging from parking spaces and handrails to public housing.  The result is that for the first time there will be a single set of standards that meet both state and federal requirements. The 2013 CBC will go into effect on January 1, 2014.

Focus of this class will be:

  • How to take advantage of the new format
  • Understanding the “Safe Harbor” provisions
  • What is an “incremental change”
  • Key changes to California Accessibility that we encounter everyday

About the Instructors:

Mark Wood and Paul Klein are both CASp certified owners of CalCasp, Inc.  Visit their website at  for more information and to read their bios.

Michael Chambers, FAIA is an architect, specifier, programmer, facilitator, marketer and educator. Michael has experience in education, health care, government, housing, hospitality, and sports architecture and has spent 8 years surveying California hospitals and medical office buildings for accessibility issues.

Time:  Doors open at 8:30am, class begins at 9am and runs until approximately 2:30pm
Location: 1400 S Street, Suite 100, Sacramento, CA 95811
Cost: AIA Members $100 (+ svc fee), Non-members $150 (+ svc fee)
To register for courses please visit:
Please register early, space is limited

Questions? Please call the AIACV office at 916-444-3658 or e-mail

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Member Feedback Needed: Code Alignment

As many of our members are aware, the Division of the State Architect is currently proposing an alignment of the 2010 California Building Code Accessibility to Public Buildings provisions of Chapters 11B and 11C with the federal 2010 ADA Standards, for the first time since the implementation of the ADA Civil Rights Act almost 20 years ago.

This code alignment will add clarity to accessibility regulations in California for all involved: the disabled community, design professionals, the construction industry, building and business owners, local building departments and the legal profession.  The CBC Chapter 11B will finally be a single source of accessibility regulations that, when followed, will also ensure compliance with the mandated federal standards.

If you are in favor of the proposed realignment, the Chapter is asking that you indicate your support to the California Building Standards Commission, either by email, in writing or in person at the hearings set for the afternoon of January 23 and the day of January 24.

Email comments may be sent to and written comments addressed to:

California Building Standards Commission
2525 Natomas Park Drive, Suite 130
Sacramento  CA  95833

If you have any questions or need further information, feel free to call Dennis Corelis, Deputy State Architect at 916 445-4167.

Community Event: CASI ADA Seminars

CASI is offering an ADA Seminar on Housing and Transient Lodging.

When: Thursday, September 20th, begins at 8:30am

Where: Courtyard Sacramento Airport Natomas, 2101 River Plaza Drive, Sacramento

Cost: CASI Members $120, Non-members, $150.00

Earn 5.0 CEU’s

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Navigating Through ADA Compliance in Hospitals

Member firm Stafford King Wiese is sponsoring an ADA course entitled: “Navigating Through ADA Compliance in Hospitals”. The seminar covers building code issues, OSHPD approvals, handicap compliance and remodeling projects all within an operational hospital.

Program Objectives

Five Steps to Scoping a Hospital Remodel Project
Strategies that Will Save You Time and Money
OSHPD Accessibility Interpretations – CAN 2-11B
Lessons Learned and Case Studies
New 2010 ADAAG Standards

About the presenter

Bill Zellmer, AIA, CASp, LEED Green Associate

Bill is a licensed architect and an accessibility and building code interpretation specialist with over 25 years experience. Prior to joining Stafford King Wiese Architects, Bill was a plan checker for 12 years for OSHPD with a primary focus on handicap accessibility. He is the co-author of CAN 2-11B (OSHPD’s interpretation of accessibility requirements).

Toward the end of Bill’s tenure at OSHPD, he transferred to the OSHPD Codes and Regulations unit, where he was the primary contact for all code interpretation and was responsible for writing code amendments and interpretations. Bill served as the OSHPD representative to the California Building Standards Commission (CBSC) which is the State Agency that oversees the Code Adoption process. At the CBSC, Bill coordinated directly with his counterparts at DSA, HCD, Cal Fire, and CBSC as well as representatives from the building design and construction industries to recommend code language changes and ultimately adoption into the current California Building Code.

Date: Wednesday, July 20, 2011
Location: North Ridge Country Club
7600 Madison Avenue
Fair Oaks, CA 95628

Time: 10:30 Registration and Networking
11:00 -2:00 Presentation
(lunch will be provided)


Contact Karen Carr at 916.930.5900

Program Sponsored by:
Stafford King Wiese Architects

ADA In A Day ~ Spring 2011


Take this one-day course, scheduled for Tuesday, March 15th and earn all  5 of your ADA credits required for license renewal.

Our instructors are Mark Wood, CBO and Paul Klein. Both are CAsp certified owners of CalCasp, Inc.

The course is open to AIACV Chapter members, as well as non-members.

Click here for a flyer with full details.

Click here to register.

AIA Members: Are You Up-to-Date with Continuing Education?


All active, registered architect AIA members must successfully complete 18 learning unit (LU) hours each year, with at least 8 of the 18 LU hours relating to health, safety, and/or welfare (HSW). Of the 8 HSW, at least 4 credits must be in sustainable design (SD) topics. The sustainable design requirement became effective in calendar year 2009 and extends through 2012.

To summarize:
- 18-hour annual continuing education requirement
– 8 LU must address health, safety, and welfare (HSW) of which,
– 4 LU must address sustainable design (SD)

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Chapter Offers Spring & Fall ADA Seminars

Senate Bill 1608 (signed into law in 2008) requires that all California architects complete coursework on disabled access requirements and provide documentation from the course provider to the California Architects Board (CAB) as a condition of license renewal.

AIA Central Valley has invited California Certified Accessibility Specialists (CalCasp, Inc.) to present two seminars in 2010 to meet the full 5 hour requirement.

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ADA In A Day! ~ Sold OUT!

Thursday, October 7th, AIA Central Valley has invited California Certified Accessibility Specialists (CalCasp, Inc.) to hold a seminar this fall that will meet the full 5 hour requirement. The focus will be on Residential / Multi-Family ADA.

Senate Bill 1608 (signed into law in 2008) requires that all California architects complete coursework on disabled access requirements as a condition of license renewal.

We welcome both  AIACV Members and Non-Member Architects to attend the class.

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