Ideas for a lighter life

It’s not everyday that one suddenly has the need for a wheelchair. KTGY Architecture + Planning recently held a presentation on ADA building codes where they stressed the importance of incorporating equal access concepts (e.g. installing a ramp or widening an entrance) when designing new structures.

A wheelchair listed for rent on Omni.

Part of their goal? To show able-bodied individuals what navigating a building is like for those living with a mobility disability. In order to make this happen, Adam, a project manager at the firm, had to do some searching for last-minute rentals. Fortunately, he found Omni.

“I need wheelchairs for an office presentation,” Adam asked our team. “Would it be possible to have them delivered tonight and picked up tomorrow afternoon?”

An attendee of the ADA presentation takes part in an activity organized by KTGY.

With a tap of a screen, an Omni Concierge delivered four wheelchairs to KTGY’s office in Oakland. As for how they used the wheelchairs? “We made a ‘wheelay’ race with things to do along the way, like go into the restroom and pull a sticky note from the wall among other things,” says Adam.

In doing so, Adam and his team created an experience those attending the presentation will never forget. “Everyone was engaged and hopefully has a new appreciation of how challenging it can be to live with a disability,” he adds. “As architects, we need to provide equal access.”