The Final Review

Neha Patel

I joined Burnham after completing my B. Arch degree with a specialization in Design Visualization from the Illinois Institute of Technology. My main focus is providing code consulting services for local and national projects through all phases of design, including conducting life safety and accessibility site investigations. I also work closely with local jurisdictions to coordinate special allowances and variances in accordance with code requirements.
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Posts by Neha Patel

Building Safety Month Week Five: Innovations in Building Safety

May 28, 2019 9:10:00 AM

The last week of Building Safety month the ICC highlights the science and technological forces that lead to innovative ways to improve building safety.

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Building Safety Month Week Four: Partners in Building Safety

May 20, 2019 9:01:00 AM

This week the ICC highlights the importance of building safety by exploring Building Codes.

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What’s Wrong with This Picture? ADA Chapter 6 - Plumbing Series

May 14, 2019 10:00:00 AM

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) has very specific requirements to make restrooms accessible. A variety of factors must be incorporated into the design and construction of toilet rooms so that they are compliant with the ADA. During our accessibility compliance reviews and site inspections, we see some common violations of these standards.

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Building Safety Month Week Three: Clean Water for All

May 13, 2019 10:15:00 AM

This week our focus is on securing clean water for all communities.

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Building Safety Month Week Two: Training & Education

May 7, 2019 9:15:00 AM

This week we focus on training and safety development as it’s key to creating and maintaining a successfully built environment.

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Building Safety: Preparing for Disasters

May 2, 2019 9:15:00 AM

This week for Building Safety Month, we will focus on informing communities how to prepare for natural disasters.

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ADA Exit Door Signage: What's Wrong with this Picture?

Feb 12, 2019 9:00:00 AM

Cushing and Burnham Nationwide Partner to Answer Your ADA Signage Questions

For 90 years, Cushing has been a Chicago printer with an international reach, first opening as a blueprint shop in 1929. In the decades following, the business grew to include film conversion, on-site printing (the first manned center in Chicago), color services, CAD plotting, and now a full suite of printing services.

Cushing retains its close ties to the architecture and construction community in the present day by offering wall graphics, construction fence wraps, and building signage. In recent years, they have added wayfinding and directional signage to their offerings.

Burnham’s Code Team often consults on Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)-compliant signage, including exit and wayfaring signage, and we frequently see violations during our code compliance reviews. We’re excited to partner with Cushing, to address some of the most common signage mistakes in this post as well as in upcoming presentations and collaborations.

In the coming weeks, we’ll delve into frequently asked questions customers and prospects ask of both our companies. Additional blog topics will include egress communications and informational versus directional signage.

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Beyond Recycling: Creating a Circular Economy for the Built Environment

Mar 13, 2018 10:00:00 AM

The building community can help combat global warming by using materials more efficiently and reducing waste. The extraction, production, and transportation of the materials necessary for building construction are significant contributors to greenhouse gas emissions, particularly due to the amount of energy they use. Project Drawdown ranks industrial recycling, including the recycling of construction waste, as number 56 of its 100 solutions to global warming.

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Avoiding Costly Delays with a Multi-Unit Residential Building Code Analysis

May 9, 2017 8:00:00 AM

Burnham recently completed a code review of preliminary drawings for a new multi-unit residential building in California. Our code consultants prefer to be involved at this early stage of the construction design process. An initial assessment allows us to suggest modifications and solutions to avoid building department requests for corrections that can result in project delays. The review helped the design team amend their plans, a four-story building with multiple roof decks and a large parking garage, to meet code requirements.


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ADA Requirements for Protruding Objects: What is Wrong with This Picture?

Mar 28, 2017 8:00:00 AM

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) contains specific requirements for objects that extend into circulation paths. During ADA compliance walk-throughs, we periodically see conditions that do not fully comply with these standards. It is important to understand the ADA’s requirements for protruding objects to avoid injury to people with visual impairments. See if you can find the violation of the ADA standards for protruding objects in this picture:

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ADA Restroom Requirements: What is Wrong with This Picture?

Aug 25, 2016 8:00:00 AM

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) has very specific requirements to make restrooms accessible. A variety of factors must be incorporated into the design and construction of toilet compartments so that they are compliant with the ADA. During our accessibility compliance reviews and site inspections, we see some common violations of these standards. See if you can find the violation the ADA’s restroom requirements in this picture:

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The Latest Installment of the Online Guide to the ADA Standards

Jul 20, 2016 8:00:00 AM

The United States Access Board is in the process of creating a very helpful online Guide to the ADA Standards (Guide). This past June, the Access Board added another chapter to the Guide. We at Burnham thought we would take a closer look at the Guide and the added Chapter 5 covering Americans with Disabilities Act requirements for parking, passenger load zones, stairways, and handrails.

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Green Building Ratings: the Living Building Challenge

May 31, 2016 9:28:30 AM

The Living Building Challenge is an exciting green building certification program, probably the most stringent green building rating method currently available. To be certified, a project must meet twenty different requirements including net positive energy and net zero water usage. We at Burnham thought we would take a closer look at the Living Building Challenge.

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Chicago and the International Building Code

Dec 23, 2015 9:30:00 AM

Nearly every major city in the United States, including New York City, has adopted some form of the International Building Code (IBC). First published by the International Code Council (ICC), model building codes are regularly updated on a three-year cycle. There has been an ongoing discussion regarding the adoption process in the City of Chicago.

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Should Chicago adopt the ICC's International Building Code (IBC)?

Nov 30, 2015 1:21:04 PM

The current Chicago Building Code is extremely outdated and not up to speed with technology advances of the 21st century. There has been an ongoing conversation about Chicago adopting the International Building Code due to its many advantages.

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