A r c h i v e d  I n f o r m a t i o n Report on the Section 504 Self-Evaluation - May 1996

Capitol Place

Property & Address
US Dept of Education
Capitol Place 555 New Jersey Avenue, NW
Washington, DC
Surveyor: J. Salmen
UFAS Compliance Officer: Carolyn Martin
Survey Date: Nov 8, 1995
Category/Description: Offices & Library
Report Date: Dec 6, 1995
Programs, Services & Activities: Offices; Meetings; Training & Library
Other Areas: Hotel, AFGE Offices

A. Overview of UFAS Compliance at Capitol Place Building

Capitol Place is a privately owned facility with three owners; one for each of the 3 interconnected buildings in which the Department of Education leases parts of 7 floor levels with a total floor area of approximately 97,000 square feet. The building contains offices, meeting rooms and the Department of Education Research Library and Archives. Providing accessibility at this facility is recommended to be of high priority amongst the six (6) Department of Education facilities surveyed.

The facility has a significant amount of accessibility including paths of travel from sidewalk and public bus and metro transportation routes. There is an accessible primary entrance and most rooms have tactile signage.

The items which require the most significant accessibility modifications include the elevator audible signals, interior doors and hardware, and common use toilet rooms.

B. Specific UFAS Compliance Issues

It is recommended that the actions described in each of the following categories be considered as priorities for making accessibility enchancements at this facility. The specific action items and costs are believed to have the potential of optimizing accessibility should capital investment funds be limited. The cost estimate information in Tab 3 of this report gives a more complete listing of all elements and costs which would be required for more complete UFAS compliance.

1. Parking & Passenger Loading Zones

Parking within the building is provided by a commercial ramp in the lower levels. The ramp provides no accessible parking at present. The Department of Education leases 3 parking spaces in the ramp and all other employees are required to purchase their own parking passes.

We recommend that the Department of Education request the parking ramp management to provide accessible parking in compliance with the ADAAG. The estimated cost of these accessibility enhancements is $0.

2. Site Accessible Routes (Photos 1-5)

The pathway along F Street from the Metro is broken in some places and very uneven, especially in front of the vacant lot directly east of Capital Place. There are curb ramps at the corner of New Jersey Avenue.

We recommend that the Department of Education go on record with a letter to the City requesting that the sidewalk along F Street be improved to provide an accessible route of travel from the Metro stop at Union Station to the building entrance. The estimated cost of these accessibility enhancements is $0.

3. Entrances (Photos 3-6)

The 555 New Jersey Avenue entry lobby is accessed only via a flight of stairs from New Jersey Avenue as seen in Photos 3 and 4. Directly around the corner, however, there is an accessible entrance on F Street to that lobby. There is no signage directing a visitor to the other entry.

We recommend that signage be provided and posted at the 555 New Jersey Avenue entrance directing visitors to the entrance around the corner on F Street. The estimated cost of these accessibility enhancements is $190.

4. Building Accessible Routes (Photos 7-21)

Since the building is divided into 3 separate buildings which are interconnected, it has slightly different configurations of elevators, stairs and ramps. Building 1 has non-complying elevator hall call buttons and cab controls, the doors do not have safety re-opening devices and there are minor elevator signage problems. Building 2 has similar non-complying elevator hall call buttons, as well as a lack of visual and audible signals on the elevator doors. However, the tactile signage was acceptable in the Building 2 elevators. The Building 3 elevators are not used by the Department of Education.

We recommend that tactile signage, audible signals, automatic re-opening devices and 2-way emergency communication system be provided in the elevators. The estimated cost of these accessibility enhancements is $42,610.

Building 2 has two ramps which connect the elevator lobby to the adjacent hotel and the library. These ramps are of appropriate slope; however, the ramp to the library does not have handrails.

We recommend that the library ramp be equipped with a handrail down the middle which would provide support on either side for an individual trying to negotiate the ramp. The estimated cost of these accessibility enhancements is $1,000.

5. Rooms, Assembly Spaces & Special Facilities (Photos 20, 21)

All of the doors within the facility have knob handles.

We recommend unless the doors indicated on the plans can be removed from the frames that lever hardware be installed on the doors. The estimated cost of these accessibility enhancements is $18,720.

There is a major meeting room on the 3rd floor, as well as the library on the 1st level and the archives on the lower level. The meeting room has adjustable furniture and lacks little accessibility except for the need for lever hardware on the doors and availability of portable assistive listening systems for meetings in the space.

The library is generally accessible, although some of the stack areas are congested and may be difficult for independent use by people who use wheelchairs, walkers or crutches.

We recommend that a space plan be developed for the library that will reorganize the lay out to provide 36 inch wide minimum clear aisles and necessary turning radius in all areas. The estimated cost of these accessibility enhancements is $0.

There are study carrolls in the 3rd building area of the library which do not have accessible doors nor are they of an adequate space to provide maneuvering clearance for a person who uses a wheelchair.

We recommend that one of these rooms, at a minimum, be built to provide an accessible study carroll and all of them be made accessible at the next opportunity that the building is renovated. The estimated cost of these accessibility enhancements is $2,000.

6. Toilets, Drinking Fountains & Telephones (Photos 22-53)

Common use Mens and Womens toilet rooms are located in each building on each floor. The signage for all of these rooms is located on the door rather than the wall adjacent to the door. In Building 1 the toilet stall doors open on the wrong side. The lavatories do not provide the necessary clearance nor are the drain pipes insulated. The lavatory hardware does not stay on as long as necessary on the self-closing valves. The Mens room urinals are too high and do not present an elongated rim.

In Building 2 the toilet rooms have the same lavatory problems with lack of clearance, insulation or valves which stay open long enough. The Mens room urinal also is not an elongated type.

In Building 3 the only toilet rooms which are used by Department of Education staff and visitors are located in the library. These toilet rooms have seats which are too high, inappropriate grab bar installations and similar lavatory problems with lack of clearance, insulation or valve access.

We recommend that, as a minimum, on each floor the Mens and Womens rooms in Building 2 be modified to provide accessibility. In addition, the lavatories and toilets in the library area should be modified for accessibility. The estimated cost of these accessibility enhancements is $26,160.

There is only 1 pay telephone in the Building 2 elevator lobby area on the path of travel to the library. It is accessible except for the lack of a volume control handset.

We recommend that the Department of Education write a letter to the building owner requesting that a volume control handset be installed on the telephone. The estimated cost of these accessibility enhancements is $0.

The drinking fountains are accessible. No modifications recommended.

Cost Estimate Information for UFAS Compliance

UFAS Accessibility Compliance Cost Summary

The UFAS Accessibility Compliance Cost Summary consolidates the costs for the following three categories of barrier removal actions, adjusted by a regional multiplier: The Total Accessibility Compliance Cost combines all three categories of barrier removal actions, as adjusted by the regional multiplier.

Cost Worksheeets for UFAS Barrier Removal

The Cost Worksheets for UFAS Barrier Removal provide a line item consolidated and categorized detailed synopsis of the barrier removal actions, with unit costs, quantities, subtotals and totals.


CATEGORY A: $139,871
  1. Parking and Passenger Loading Zones: $0
  2. Site Accessible Routes: $200
  3. Entrances: $0
  4. Building Accessible Route: $49,640
  5. Rooms, Assembly Spaces and Special Facilities: $21,944
  6. Toilets, Drinking Fountains and Telephones: $74,525

    SUBTOTAL: $146,309

    Multiplied by Regional Multiplier: 0.956

    CATEGORY A SUBTOTAL: $139,871


CATEGORY B: $36,315
  1. Parking and Passenger Loading Zones: $0
  2. Site Accessible Routes: $0
  3. Entrances: $0
  4. Building Accessible Route: $37,986
  5. Rooms, Assembly Spaces and Special Facilities: $0
  6. Toilets, Drinking Fountains and Telephones: $0

    SUBTOTAL: $37,986

    Multiplied by Regional Multiplier: 0.956

    CATEGORY B SUBTOTAL: $36,315


CATEGORY C: $0
  1. Parking and Passenger Loading Zones: $0
  2. Site Accessible Routes: $0
  3. Entrances: $0
  4. Building Accessible Route: $0
  5. Rooms, Assembly Spaces and Special Facilities: $0
  6. Toilets, Drinking Fountains and Telephones: $0

    SUBTOTAL: $0

    Multiplied by Regional Multiplier: 0.956

    CATEGORY C SUBTOTAL: $0


TOTAL ACCESSIBILITY COMPLIANCE COST: $176,186

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY PRIORITY COST: $88,680


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