New CES (LU/HSW) Course for Healthcare Architects: “Relocatable Bathroom Fixtures = Universal Design”


New CES Course for Healthcare Architects

Pressalit Care North America has received approval from the American Institute of Architects (AIA) to provide CES Continuing Education Support credits to healthcare architects.  The topic of the approved course is Relocatable Bathroom Fixtures = Universal Design.   One LU/HSW hour is awarded upon completion of the course.

The new PRESSALIT Care course is designed to provide architects a fundamental understanding of a newly emerging class of bathroom mounting systems that enable sinks and other fixtures to be quickly and easily “relocated” while remaining on the wall.  In turn, this enables architects to more easily meet universal design objectives which are intended to ensure that facilities can satisfy the requirements of a wide range of disabled individuals.

Architects attending the course will achieve a basic understanding of both the technical functioning and the design benefits of relocatable fixtures and accessories.  Among the topics covered are:

  • How emerging new fixture mounting technology can result in overall project savings within a smaller footprint than conventional technologies.
  • Turning radii and room dimensions required to accommodate individuals in wheelchairs, mobile lifts, or related equipment.
  • Back-wall structural requirements to meet the needs of conventional as well as bariatric patients.
  • Safety and performance improvements and the resulting impact on physically challenged individuals and their caregivers.

Universal Design (UD) is an approach to design that increases the potential for developing a better quality of life for a wide range of individuals. It is a design process that enables and empowers a diverse population by improving human performance, health and wellness, and social participation (Steinfeld and Maisel, 2012). It creates products, systems, and environments to be as usable as possible by as many people as possible regardless of age, ability or situation.