Airport public restroom signs with a disabled access symbol

Maximum Accessibility: Airport Restroom Aims High

  January 17, 2019

By Dan Hounsell

Accessibility has challenged many institutional and commercial facilities for decades. From curb cuts and entrances to lobbies and elevators, maintenance and engineering managers must address a host of potential hurdles to accessibility. Restrooms traditionally have presented especially difficult challenges, and now one facility is now aiming for maximum accessibility in its restrooms.

Chicago officials created a new committee to address accessibility for passengers with disabilities at O'Hare Airport, according to ABC 7. The committee’s first order of business? A first-of-its-kind restroom that provides more accessibility than any other airport facility in the country, they say.

The new Changing Places Restroom in Terminal 2 is a 110-square-foot bathroom equipped with: an adjustable changing table for adults; a passenger lift system; an accessible, roll-in and transfer shower; and an accessible toilet and sink.

The restroom also features a motorized passenger lift with detachable sling and ample space for movement, allowing passengers who cannot stand or walk to comfortably use the restroom.

Dan Hounsell is editor-in-chief of Facility Maintenance Decisions, and Facilitiesnet.com.


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