Embracing the challenges of accessibility
To meet the needs of all users, AIA partner COXUSA factors accessibility and adaptability into all of its product design efforts
As a manufacturer, we draw inspiration from the design process as we translate solutions from concept to production. Our narrative—that functionality and design are the core of innovative product manufacturing—means we create products that are aesthetically designed yet functional, relevant, adaptable, and sustainable. Staying true to this narrative, however, is easier said than done.
Today’s interiors present a more challenging environment for manufacturers like COXUSA. The application of accessibility is a new dimension that constantly pushes us to meet the industry’s most stringent standards in spaces. Our curated collection of innovative room dividers can no longer be just elegant, sleek, beautiful doors that celebrate artistry and design. They must be adaptable and compliant, taking into consideration the comfort and well-being of our end-users.
The Biltmore—an urban-designed multi-family residence in Cupertino, California—tested the depths of our engineering capabilities and the adaptability of our systems when specifications required a 4-panel, top-hung, frameless glass room divider system to be installed below a 6-foot glass transom as room partition to a one-bedroom unit. The uniquely engineered frameless glass room divider, a completely trackless system, provided maximum egress—and therefore utmost safety—for its occupants. The customized glass transom was the perfect enclosure for the bedroom, maximizing light transmission emanating from the skylight inside the room. This remarkable project was truly a showcase of function and design.
We believe that accessibility is now a design requisite in most interior spaces.
For the last five years, we have embraced accessibility as part of our engineering and design. Though complying with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) always brings about challenges, we have been successful in fulfilling the oft-specific and singular design aspirations of collaborating architects and designers. This is evidenced by the numerous mixed-use projects, multi-family residences, and hotels that we have completed.
4400 SW Alaska in Seattle, Washington, was a multi-family project with very specific design requirements. This project challenged us to create a more innovative and adaptable room divider system for interiors where space was a premium. It was during this project that the corner room divider system was launched, a sleek and contemporary system that provided totally new aesthetics to its interiors while remaining compliant and adaptable.
We believe that accessibility is now a design requisite in most interior spaces. As such, we strive to understand the complex world of compliance and adaptability. For the last two years, we have focused on bringing to the architect world our registered AIA/CES HSW course on accessibility. To date, we have presented close to 50 ADA presentations all over the United States.
Accessibility is here, and it is here to stay. As such, COXUSA is devoted to providing architects with products that meet not only their needs but the varied needs of users from all walks of life.
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