Practice Exam question on ADA ramps
Regarding one of the case study questions on the NCARB PA practice exam - could anyone provide some clarification on why the West entrance of the Church is not one of the correct answers? I was able to cross off 2 of the answers where I can see a ramp is not needed, and I'm guessing that the south entrance to the Fellowship Hall is not a main entry, so maybe doesn't need to accessible (but unsure of this answer as well)?
Another poster asked similar (see Branden's post). Your attached pics includes the north arrow, so it makes more sense now. The question states they are trying to get folks into the facility from the parking lot. So the answer makes sense. Also, that west fellowship entrance doesn't need a ramp. The floor level is 99' and so is the grade outside. And the exterior entrances to the gym (2 double doors) don't need a ramp either, the grade is at 99' and so is the floor level. And there's already a ramp in the hallway connecting the fellowship hall to the gym. I think the answer makes sense. Hope that helps!
Rebekka O'Melia, R.A., NCARB, B. Arch, M. Ed, NOMA, Step UP ARE 5.0 Courses
I was also confused by this question. I was able to narrow it down to the first two options and the last option. Ultimately, I decided on the first two, because they both deal with existing building entrances, whereas the final answer (Corridor connecting Church and Gymnasium) is about interior circulation.
The question was as follows: "The congregation requests that sidewalks connect the parking areas to existing building entrances, and ADA-compliant ramps will be needed to accommodate this request."
The connecting corridor is not a building entrance, though it is an entrance to the church wing. I think the question could have been worded better, though I do understand that the west entrance of the church doesn't connect directly to on-site parking, so it sorta makes sense that it wouldn't be the correct answer.
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