I have a question regarding the need to meet ADA requirements through the entirety of my project. In my experience as a roadway/Transportation engineer anywhere a pedestrian could step foot had to meet all ADA requirements or be designed to the maximum extent feasible. I have recently changed gears and now I work for an A&E firm that is designing a fire station. Now the mind set here is that only a portion of the sidewalks, within a predetermined handicap access to the front door, needs to meet ADA requirements. To be specific there is a seating area out in front of the building (20ft x 20ft) that is paved and has benches. The lead engineer does not believe this area needs to follow the ADA requirements, 2% max. cross slope, since it is outside of the provided ADA path, from the handicap parking space to the front door. Is this correct? Or do all areas need to meet ADA requirements.
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