Going Beyond the American Disabilities Act (ADA) and Improving Access for All Generations

As lifelong boaters, we understand that ADA has done an excellent job making docks, restrooms and marina facilities accessible. The missing link is the last few feet between the dock and the boat, where all too often the relationship between the dock height and the deck of the boat creates an exceedingly difficult transition for boaters with impaired mobility. It is not only these individuals who struggle with the transition. Our boaters are getting older. Giving them easy access increases the possibility they will keep boating longer. As an industry we need to be considering this issue of easy access more often in our design. This presentation covers a range of strategies for addressing this gap. For example, the use of adjustable multiuse platforms that allow an individual to adjust the dock so they are able to board a specific boat. It will also cover how to design and retrofit facilities that maximize access while still being affordable and economically workable.

Gregory Weycamp, ASLA, LEED, AP, BD+C, Edgewater Resources, LLC
Greg Weykamp has more than 25 years of experience in the planning and design of the public realm, with an emphasis on implementation of sustainable built landscapes and urban waterfront environments. His project experience spans marinas, waterfront parks, master planned communities, urban revitalization, streetscapes, parks and recreation facilities, medical and university campuses, and military installations. As a LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) accredited professional, Mr. Weykamp approaches every project from the perspective of efficiency in design, maintenance, and operations to create the most environmentally sustainable project possible within a pragmatic framework of cost and value to the client and community. As a registered landscape architect, certified nationally by the Council of Landscape Architecture Registration Boards, Mr. Weykamp has the technical expertise and proven construction experience to ensure safe and efficient completion of the built environment.

Ron Schults, PE, Edgewater Resources, LLC

Mr. Schults is recognized as one of the most notable marina and waterfront experts in the world and often speaks on the topic at national and international conferences.  It is his combined passion for coastal engineering, boating and sailing that inspires him to focus on projects that help preserve our waters and sustain the economic growth and vitality of the waterfront communities that house the many harbors of his journeys.  In 1979, he founded The Abonmarche Group and grew the waterfront design group to see his goal realized.  After he sold his ownership in Abonmarche in 2006, he transitioned his technical engineering and marina consulting practice in waterfront projects to Edgewater Resources, LLC.