Architectural Design, Consulting, Plans, Project Management & Expert Witness

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For more than two decades Universal Design Specialists has offered expert consulting, design, plans & project management for residential homes & public spaces. In 2008 we obtained Advanced Certification as a Green Builder and added Sustainable Consulting Services & Products to our offering.

We are committed to designing spaces that allow our Clients to live Safely, Independently and with Dignity regardless of their age, ability or disability.

Our focus is on the needs of Senior Clients wishing to age safely in place as well Clients with disabilities & catastrophic illnesses. We are very familiar with many of the muscular dystrophy’s and have extensive experience in consulting & designing to their very specific needs. Anyone with reduced mobilty benefits from our years of experience.

Our expertise also lends itself to developers, builders and corporate entities looking to build with these specialized principles in mind.

Years of specialized training includes architectural design and general contracting, certifications from the National Kitchen & Bath Association as Certified Kitchen & Certified Bathroom Designers (CKD, CBD) and Advanced Certification as Green Building Professionals through the Build it Green Organization.

We aspire to the belief that Universal Design and Green Spaces go hand in hand and believe that one is incomplete without the other. Healthy environments should always be part of the design if one is to strive for a complete solution.

To accomodate the many individual needs that arise we offer an A la Carte Menu of services that enable our Clients to select the services that are most valuable to them:

Consulting:
Specialized consultation is available hourly or on a per project basis for each project. This includes phone consultations, review of plans, site assessments, onsite consultation, safety assessments, assistance with Life Care Plans & Project Management. We are available to consult worldwide on any development project that intends to include Universal Design or Sustainable “Green” aspects into the project. We have completed projects all over the USA, Mexico, Nicaragua and South Africa. Our Consulting & Design services are available without boundary or boder limitations.

Plans:
Our services provide a full set of permit ready Construction Plans. These typically also include a full Specifications Sheet for specialized equipment, product & materials necessary to achieve a complete Universal/Green project. Upon request we will submit and obtain the necessary permits from the required building jurisdictions.

Project Management:
Given the individual demands that exist on each project we offer our services to assist with specific project management needs. Our commitment is to providing the service as needed and remain open to considering each and every individual project on its own merits. We can customize to the needs of your project.

Expert Witness:
Our extended scope of work includes Expert Witness services on pre-trial and trial basis. Having represented both major corporations as well as injured parties we always consider the merits of each case to assure that our contribution will provide the intended result before agreeing to serve. We are committed to an unbiased professional opinion using the facts at hand combined with our extensive knowledge in the given area. Previous Clients have included Insurance Companies, Bank Trusts, Estates and injured individuals.

Teaching & In-Service Trainings:
Acting as educators we teach Universal Design to students & therapists at educational facilities and offer trainings to professional organizations.