An accessible roll-in shower for two.

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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6 Responses to An accessible roll-in shower for two.

  1. Dannielle says:

    so, if you make the shower 36″ deep instead of 30″ you can move the shower head to the 36″ wall? I’m going to have to consider that even if not making two showers… having the shower head on the long wall requires the water to hit the curtain directly, which isn’t a great way to keep the water in the shower…

    This solution would only count as one ADA shower right, since it would need to have a seat in each 36×36 section to count as two ADA showers?

    Finally, which way would the middle curtain have to slide when used as an ADA shower? can it cover the continuous rail shown on the long wall? since it’s moveable is it not an issue?

  2. jeromymurphy says:

    The depth of the shower is irrelevant to the shower head placement. In a roll-in shower the shower head may be placed on either end wall.

    This would count as just one accessible shower, but that is the most that is ever required in one shower room.

    The middle shower curtain would have to slide away from the grab bar so that it wouldn’t obstruct the shower when used as an accessible roll-in.

  3. Dannielle says:

    maybe i’m too literal with the drawings – they show the shower head on the long wall and even dimension the max distance so i always thought that is the only acceptable location!

  4. jeromymurphy says:

    Not literal enough! The dimension is 27″ maximum, therefore, 0″ would also be acceptable. The revised ADA/ABA Guidelines gives a better description.

    Advisory 608.5.2 Standard Roll-In Type Shower Compartments. In standard roll-in type showers without seats, the shower head and operable parts can be located on any of the three walls of the shower without adversely affecting accessibility.

    http://www.access-board.gov/ada-aba/final.cfm#a608

  5. Jenny says:

    I’ve seen this idea used, some people find it a bit akward to ‘share’ a shower, but probably depends on the situation. At Daired’s ( an spa in Arlington) they have used this idea for the dressing areas, since they had like a 7x 7 ft room dressing room, and only one,they have hung drapes to create two areas.

  6. jeromymurphy says:

    I’m glad to know that it is being used. Were there any objections from the inspector?

    Although this might not work for a fancy spa, it would certainly work for a dorm or gang shower.

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