ADA Accessible Conference Table
Located in Berkeley, CA, Ed Roberts campus is a schoolground serving as a model for disability rights and universal access. The premise of this project is a design a custom conference table that addresses ADA accessibility for primarily wheelchair users. The client had the following needs:
 
-adequate clearance for handrests and footrests
-portability, versatility
-aesthetic compatibility with campus
-integration of electric outlets and other disability aides
-seat 12-14 individuals
Preliminary concepts explored two main functions: modularity and variable height. The client wanted versatility in conference table capacit and the ability to adjust conference table height to allow access of wheelchair equipment underneath. Currently in the market, there are height adjustable work tables; there are virtually no height adjustable conference table due to the sheer size of such table tops. 
 
 
"Daisy" Table concept featuring petal like work tables that could be individually raised for different height clearance
Underside of "Reverse Drawer" concept in which occupants could push away table top material to create more space in the underside of the table
Stacked tabletop concept, exploring how various table heights could be created permanently in the table
Nodal concepts, exploring new shapes and modular configuration
 
To refine the final concept, one particular function associated with a conference table was heavily considered. The final concept needed to foster a communal space, not something that was partitioned and sectioned off while still respecting ADA guidelines and the needs of wheelchair. 
 
The final concept incorporates a main circular pedestal table with a recessed lazy Susan centerpiece that allowed for easy access to table top materials. Underneath the main table top are two elliptical swing-out table top pieces that allow for the table's capacity alter. The entire table is suspended on two pedestal lift motors to adjust the height of the table.
A low fidelity prototype was created from cardboard and brad pins in order to ensure the feasibility of this table top configuration. 
 
The following material recommendations were made to the client:
 
-cedar plywood tabletop
-motorized pedestal tabletop support
-pneumatic table legs
 
 
The final concept was presented to the client during a final symposium. 
ADA Accessible Conference Table
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ADA Accessible Conference Table

Custom ADA accessible table
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