Universal Design and the Hospitality Industry

April 11, 2010 at 7:57 am 1 comment

I find it both ironic and exciting that I would write a blog post about hotel accessibility a few days ago to find out that the April issue of Hotel Design has also highlighted universal design.   

In the “Publisher’s Pulse”, the magazine promotes that accessibility does not have to look institutionalized, but can be quite beautiful.  When done correctly, Universal design features are almost invisible.  The magazine also announces an upcoming educational summit specific to universal design for the hospitality industry.  Increasing the awareness of accessibility and universal design in this industry is a positive step in the right direction. 

Also included in the issue is a Products area that highlights accessibility products for the bath.  Included are an adjustable height hand-held shower integrated on a grab bar by Jaclo, as well as the Splash line of decorative grab bars from Great Grabz.  For the shower they review the Safeway Tub Door from Safeway Safety Step which allows for a door to be cut into an existing tub and then sealed, retrofitting existing bathtubs with a custom-fitted tub door. 

 It is certainly a long road to hotel accessibility, but I am happy to see the momentum for Universal Design sprawl in this direction.

Advertisements

Entry filed under: Hotels. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , .

Contemporary Universal Design: kitchen faucet An 81 year old foster son?

1 Comment Add your own

  • 1. Abbie Sladick  |  May 10, 2010 at 8:31 am

    This is a great step forward for the hospitality industry. Designers are beginning to understand that they are not just creating accessible spaces for 5% of our population. They are creating safer and more functional spaces for all of us!

    Reply

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

Trackback this post  |  Subscribe to the comments via RSS Feed


Enter your email address to follow this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.

Join 2,068 other followers

Find posts on highlighted dates:

April 2010
M T W T F S S
« Mar   May »
 1234
567891011
12131415161718
19202122232425
2627282930  

%d bloggers like this: