An accessible roll-in shower for two.

March 19, 2009

A major complaint of building owners is the requirement for accessible showers.   Anytime showers are provided for public or employee use (regardless of job description), an accessible shower is required.   If showers are provided at a refinery locker room, accessible showers are required; a small shower room adjacent to an employee only fitness center…accessible;  a high-end Spa….accessible; even if it’s only provided to gain a LEED* point, an accessible shower is required.

The complaint is that there are only two options for an accessible shower: a 36″x36″ Shower with a folding seat or a Roll-In Shower that is 30″ x 60″ minimum.

Transfer type accessible shower. 36" by 36" fixed dimensions with a seat.

Transfer type accessible shower. 36" by 36" fixed dimensions with a seat.

Roll-in shower. 30" by 60" minimum, no seat required.

Roll-in shower. 30" by 60" minimum, no seat required.

No one likes to use the smaller shower with the seat because the seat takes up too much space.  The roll-in shower works well for larger gang showers, but it does take up a lot of real estate.

So I came up with this concept: Take a standard roll-in shower, make it a bit bigger than the minimum, add an additional shower head and provide a shower curtain that can divide the shower into two individual showers.  I can’t find anything in the rules that would prevent this design.

A compliant roll-in shower with two curtains and two shower heads.

A compliant roll-in shower with two curtains and two shower heads.

* Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design.  Showers are sometimes provided to gain a LEED point so that people can presumably ride a bike to work and get cleaned up.


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