In meeting this goal the SFSS has retained an accessiblity consultant Brad McCannell, from Canadian Barrier Free Design, to work with the design team in developing an access and inclusion strategy for the project. The first priority in developing an access strategy is to determine the appropriate level of access to be provided within the building which will be achieved through conversations with students.
The SUB Accessible Design Criteria Manual, provides project specific, baseline levels of access to be applied project wide, creating consistent and predicable access for students and staff. This manual addresses access to:
During our extensive consultation with student groups and accessibility experts, we were reminded of the current lack of easily accessible gender inclusive washrooms at SFU.
While many people don’t often face a need for a gender inclusive washroom, for a transgender or gender variant student, a gender inclusive washroom is a safe space, free from harassment and judgment. Gender inclusive washrooms also help serve disabled people with assistants of another gender, mothers with young sons, and fathers with young daughters.
To make our SUB as safe and inclusive as possible, our SUB will include gender inclusive washrooms on each of its five levels. Most will be single occupant washrooms, but the largest one, located on the 1000 level of the SUB, will have six individual toilet rooms, a shared sink area and even an individual shower area.