HLG attorney, Alan Duke, recently had the opportunity to assist the Jeff State Construction & Building Science Department with a wheel chair ramp project (photos below), in cooperation with Disability Rights & Resources. Disability Rights & Resources is an organization that serves the greater Birmingham area with the mission to empower people with disabilities to fully participate in the community, as well as promoting equal access and disability rights through advocacy and public awareness activities. Within the organization is a special division that provides assistance with home modification, of which the stated purpose is to:
… assist people with disabilities make their homes more accessible by removing architectural barriers. Within the City of Birmingham, such modifications include ramp construction, widening doorways, installing grab bars, and installing visual alarm systems.
The Jeff State Construction & Building Science Department goes beyond providing classroom instruction only, and the partnership with the Disability Rights & Resources provides an opportunity for students to participate in the services and environment necessary to both achieve educational goals as well as enhance their social and physical development. The students can use the knowledge that they learn in the classroom to transform the home modification from need to existence. The students are given the opportunity to visit the sites, formulate a preliminary plan, collect data, produce a design, and participate in the actual build.
The ramp that the students designed and built consisted of over 42 feet of ramp that was designed and built to add to the existing structure and not remove or cover any existing structures. Having only a few weeks notice, the design was prepared and the build occurred over the span of two days. The volunteer support from within the school was tremendous, and a very good testament to the commitment of the program to the community.
Alan Duke practices in the areas of general business and contract law with a special emphasis on construction litigation. He regularly represents contractors, owners, and engineers regarding construction related issues. As a member of the Industry Advisory Committee and Adjunct Professor of the Construction & Building Science program, Alan Duke is proud to support the students and the school in providing a valuable service to the community.
HLG commends the students and faculty for their work in providing the most recent home modification. For more information on the Construction & Building Science Department and photos of past projects, visit the Jeff State Construction & Building Science Facebook Page.