Universal Design and Facilities Accessibility
facility progress updates
Articles and pages of interest
Commitment to Opportunity
The University of Iowa recognizes that improved access and usability enhances the value of buildings for all of us and creates a welcoming campus climate of grace and dignity for those experiencing a disability. To allow for greater opportunities of full participation in University of Iowa events, employment, and academia, the university has accepted the challenge of moving beyond federal mandates towards Universal Design in buildings.
universal design and mapps
Universal Design addresses a broader mission that recognizes choices and differences between various design options. It integrates usability with other important design concerns like aesthetics and sustainable design. Universal Design Brochure
The University of Iowa has developed a project scoping and assessment tool titled MAPPS (Measuring Accessibility Points Plan and Standards). The model includes an extensive checklist of accessibility considerations and provides an excellent framework for scoping a project design. It also offers a rating system, similar to the U.S. Green Building Council's LEED ratings, to aid understanding the relative extent of universal design. MAPPS (Measuring Accessibility Points Plan & Standards)
Links to additional universal design resources
Facilities PLANNING FRAMEWORK
To meet the needs of future populations and transform the University of Iowa into an inviting, supportive and universally accessible environment requires the university take a long-term view that is guided by a planning framework and informed by current assessments.
Facilities Accessibility Plan (.pdf)
For questions about universal design on the UI campus or for additional information about the UI Facilities Accessibility Plan, contact:
Brian Manternach, Facilities Accessibility Coordinator, Facilities Management, 319-384-0654.