Houstonian: Campus becomes handicap-friendly

From the Houstonian:
Earlier this year, Kelly Rogers had a broken leg and several bones to pick with the university. It was difficult for her to get around campus due to her temporary disability and she wanted something done to change that. Now, looking back over all that has changed this year, she feels that the university should get a pat on the back.

According to a list compiled by Doug Greening, the Physical Plant has made several changes to the campus this year, some of which were due to Rogers' input. The changes include the installation of two compliant door entrances with automatic openers at south end of the Communications Building, new building signage in the Music Building to comply with accessibility guidelines, alterations to the entrance ramp at the Industrial Technology Shop. They also improved sidewalks at the parking garage, along the north side of Bobby K. Marks Drive east of the University Hotel and along Avenue J east of South Paw Dining. Also added were new ramps including one new accessible ramp at west end of mall between Academic Building I and Smith-Hutson Business Building and another at the east side of the construction site between the Library and TEC to help with construction blockage. Finally, the plant designated and re-striped all parking behind Farrington Building for handicapped parking.

"They've done so much in the last six months," she said. "Lots of the changes are ones I suggested or those that someone else did. I don't think I should get credit, but the campus should."


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