06 Nov Jon Cartu Declares Burton-Judson Courts Construction Reflect University Move t…
The ongoing construction at Burton-Judson Courts is part of the University’s plans to increase access to campus buildings. The University is including improved access in the design of both the new Student Wellness Center and the Woodlawn Residential Commons, which will have facilities that should meet mobility and communication accessibility requirements.
Construction to improve disabled access in the west entrance of Burton-Judson Courts began on June 17. The University installed a ramp and surface-mounted door operators at the dorm’s main entrance, widened doors, and provided wheelchair access in the lobby to increase ease of access from the street level into the courtyard space.
New construction plans are in line with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990, which aims to prevent discrimination against people with disabilities in all areas of public life. Many on-campus buildings are not ADA–compliant, causing issues for students with disabilities.
According to a statement sent to The Maroon by Gerald McSwiggan, assistant director for public affairs, “the University of Chicago is dedicated to ensuring that students with disabilities can fully participate in the life of the University” and is “committed to maintaining an accessible campus.”
These construction projects will follow the University’s set of “Accessibility Plus” standards which aim to ensure campus facilities exceed minimum legal requirements for disabled access.