Welcome to Campbell Hall

1787 Neil Ave. Columbus, Ohio 43210

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Photograph of the front of Campbell Hall. Brick building with roughly 20 steps leading up to the main entrance. There are bike racks on the sidewalk in front of the building and half of Neil Ave is pictured in front of the building as well.  Photo credit: Kaitlyn Willming

Location: The Ohio State University Main Campus

Group Members: Kristan Loychik, Natalie Robek, & Kaitlyn Willming

Introduction: Our group chose to conduct an accessibility audit on the first floor of Campbell Hall. Campbell Hall is an academic building located on the southwest side of Ohio State’s campus main campus that was originally built in 1916. The building is primarily used for classes and offices in the Human Sciences Department on campus.

Background Information: As students in the Disability Studies 2277 class at Ohio State we have been tasked with performing an accessibility audit on a building of our choice on campus. An accessibility audit is simply an evaluation of how well a space accommodates for those with a disability. For example, providing wheelchair accessible entrances, ramps, and bathrooms, as well as providing other amenities such as braille for room numbers and signs. Our group followed a checklist compiled with standards provided by the American Disabilities Act (ADA), and assessed aspects of the first floor of Campbell Hall. The following information includes our findings and recommendations for making this space more accessible for everyone.

Entrances: Of the seven entrances into Campbell Hall, two of these entrances are ADA accessible.  Near the southeast corner of the building, there is a wheelchair ramp with railings.  At both ADA accessible entrances, there are automatic buttons that open and close the doors.

Measurements:

  • Width of entrance door: 38 inches (ADA requires 32 inches)
  • Height of doorknob/opening mechanism from the ground: 37 inches (ADA requires lower than 48 inches)
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Entrance on the southwest side with handicap sticker pointing towards accessible door. One door is open and shows the inside of the entrance which leads directly into a short stair case going upstairs and one going downstairs. Beyond the stairs are doors to further enter Campbell Hall. On the closed door there is a blue handicap sign with an arrow pointing towards the accessible entrance further east on the building.  
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Close up on the main entrance to Campbell Hall. Most of it is under construction which is not pictured above. There is a 12×12 inch handicap sign on the front of the building pointing to accessible entrance.
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Automatic button for accessible entrance with handicap logo on it. The button is about 3 feet off the ground and is located on the concrete wall outside of the entrance.
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Ramp at accessible entrance. The ramp is made out of cement and has handrails on both sides of the ramp. There is a small grate at the bottom.

 

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Accessible entrance on southeast side. The door handle is a “pull” handle, but there is an automated button not pictured to open the door. There is a small, 5×5 inch handicap sign on the door so users know it is accessible. 

 

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Accessible entrance from the northwest side. There is a circular handicap sticker on the door indicating the accessible entrance and the automated button located nearby to open said door. Inside the entrance there are 5 stairs leading to a door that goes further into the building, and next to the stairs is an elevator. 

Restrooms: On the first floor of Campbell Hall, there is one women’s and one men’s restroom.  The women’s restroom has five standard stalls and no handicap stall.  The men’s restroom has two urinals, one standard stall and a handicap stall.  The entrance door to the restroom is wide enough to be ADA accessible, however the individual, standard stalls are not. The sinks have wheelchair clearance and soap dispensers are within arms reach from a seated distance. Although we applaud the unscented soap, the lever to pull the paper towels down seemed to be a questionable distance from a seated position.

Measurements

  • Width of entrance door: 38 inches (ADA requires 32 inches)
  • Height of light switch from the ground: 51 inches (ADA requires less than 5 feet)
  • Height of paper towel dispenser from the ground: 56 inches (ADA requires less than 5 feet)
  • Sink height from the ground: 27 inches (ADA requires 27-34 inches)
  • Width of stall: 24 inches (ADA requires 33.5 inches)
  • Distance from toilet to wall: 9 inches (ADA requires 12-18 inches)
  • Distance from toilet paper dispenser to toilet: 9 inches (ADA required 7-9 inches)
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Women’s restroom on the first floor. There are 5 stalls (none of which are handicap stalls) and one of them are out of order. The doors swing into the narrow stalls. The floor is tile and there are florescent lights. 
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Women’s restroom on the first floor. There is a big mirror that begins about 4 feet off the ground, so someone in a wheelchair probably wouldn’t be able to see into it. There is an open top trash can located in the bottom left corner, and a push door located on the right side of the picture.
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Sink accessible to people using wheelchairs. The wheelchair accessible sink is located next to a higher sink. Also pictured is the soap dispenser that contains unscented soap, and next to the soap dispenser is a paper towel dispenser.
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Individual bathroom stall, width does not meet ADA standards. There no handrails attached to either side of the stall. The material of the wall and floor is tile. The toilet has a lever to pull and does not have an automatic flush sensor.

Hallways: The hallways in Campbell Hall are lit with florescent lighting that does not give off noticeable noise. There are several water fountains in Campbell Hall, but not all of them are accessible to someone in a wheelchair. There are no signs pointing to locations such as the elevators or bathrooms, but there are several exit signs. Also, there are only braille signs accompanying room numbers on half of the rooms in the building.

Measurements:

  • The hallway width was 92 inches (ADA requires 59 inch minimum)
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Accessible water fountain options. On the left side there is a shorter drinking fountain and on the right side is a taller drinking fountain. They both have a button to push to release water.
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Non-accessible water fountain. This drinking fountain is a tall rectangular shape with no space underneath for a wheelchair, making it definitely not accessible from a seated position. It has a small dial that you twist to release the water.
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Doorway with automatic button. The door is open and the button is to the left of the door at a height accessible from a wheelchair. The floor is white tile with black details and the lighting is florescent. 
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Hallway ramp located near elevator. There is white tile floor and florescent lighting. There is a neon red exit sign in the distance, but no signs for the elevator that is around the corner.
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One of two elevators located in Campbell Hall. The other is located at the parking lot entrance. There are buttons located to the left of the elevator to call the elevator car. 

Parking Lot: A unique feature about Campbell Hall is the parking lot located in the back of the building. All 18 of the parking spots are for OSU Disability Permits. A short distance from the parking lot is one of the two accessible entrances. This entrance has an elevator located immediately when one enters the building. Overall the parking lot is designed exclusively to be accessible to people with disabilities. The only downfall are a few grates in the ground that could present difficulty maneuvering for people using canes or wheelchairs.

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Parking lot located behind Campbell Hall. It is very open with asphalt ground and painted white lines where the crosswalk is. In the distance there are OSU Disability Permits in front of each parking spot. The parking lot is not completely full. 
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Close up of the sign located above all the parking spots in the parking lot. Is is a rectangular shape with a blue handicap logo on it and “OSU Disability Permit Required” written beneath it in white letters on a red background. Underneath that is a statement that “Rules enforced 24 hours, Tow Away zone, Minimum Fine: $250” with the Ohio State University logo next to it.
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Repeating handicap signs in the parking lot on the brick wall that is the back of Campbell Hall. 

Concerns: A major concern for our group was the accessibility, or lack there of, in the women’s restroom. The doors were heavy and there were no automatic buttons to open them which could present difficulty for someone with a disability. Once inside the restroom the stalls were all extremely narrow and there wasn’t a larger handicap stall. We are very concerned about how someone in a wheelchair would navigate the stalls independently. While there is a wheelchair accessible sink, the knob to release the paper towels seemed to be positioned too high for someone in a sitting position to access. Another concern was the lack of information provided about the location of bathrooms and elevators. Along with this missing information, only half of the room numbers also included the numbers in braille.

Conclusion: Campbell Hall does a good job meeting the ADA requirements, especially considering it was built before the ADA was passed. There are multiple accessible entrances and signs that clearly say what direction the accessible entrances are. There are multiple ramps and elevators for people who have difficulty navigating the stairs. The hallways and doorways are wide enough to meet ADA standards, and several doorways have an automatic button for opening. There aren’t any noticeably strong smells or buzzing noises. The brand new Innovation Center is a prime example of an accessible space for all types of people, whether it be physically, mentally, or the unique ways we all learn.

That being said, there is always room for improvement. The addition of a larger, ADA approved handicap bathroom stall in the women’s restroom would be an instrumental addition. If this somehow cannot be completed, adding handrails to all the stalls could be a simpler way to improve accessibility in this space. Another easy fix could be adding signs or maps describing the location of bathrooms and elevators. These should also be in braille. Room numbers should also include a braille label accompanying them. All of these suggestions are relatively simple fixes that could greatly improve Campbell Hall for people with disabilities.

 

References:

ADA Description:  https://www.ada.gov/2010ADAstandards_index.htm

 

All picture credit: Kristan Loychik

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