Making changes on campus for easier access to all abilities
WINNIPEG – The City of Winnipeg’s Access Advisory Committee presented Booth University College with an Access Award—Circle of Excellence following various renovations to the campus, which were designed by Ager Little Architects Inc.
“To better meet the needs of students and staff, Booth University College worked with Ager Little Architects to make improvements to areas in and around the building. “ We will continue to work on making changes on campus for easier access for all abilities,” says, Dr. Kerr, President, Booth University College.
Booth University College’s front entrance was replaced with two gently sloping accessible walkways: the stairs, landscaping and bike storage were replaced; and public washrooms were renovated to improve accessibility. The entrance now features LED strip lighting at walkways, improving night safety; detectable warning areas and contrasting pavers, directing the visually impaired to the entrance; new sliding entrance doors allowing hands-free operation; and an integrated in-slab snow melting system
Kevin Linklater, a student in a wheelchair says, “It’s been much easier for me to get into the university since the changes were made last year. The ramp and the sliding doors especially because if you have an evening class it’s nice and bright so you don’t have to worry about your safety, and although I am in a power wheelchair I don’t necessarily need the heated ramp but it does help melt the snow or ice. Also, as someone who also uses Handi-Transit regularly, I enjoy waiting inside and being able to see the vehicle when it pulls up to the big glass front doors.”
Gail Little, Ager Little Architects says, “As an architect, hearing that our design has improved a student’s quality of life is so personally rewarding, and a big reason why we enter the profession. We greatly appreciate the opportunity to work with Booth University College on this important and meaningful upgrade to their campus.”