Navigating ADA Regulations

In 2015, a study released by the U.S. Census Bureau stated that more than 20 million people ages 18 and older reported having serious difficulties walking or climbing stairs. This represents 7.1% of the civilian non-institutionalized population. This is a large fraction of America’s economy that may be unable to frequent your store due to architectural barriers. Because of the Americans with Disability Act (ADA), public accommodations having architectural barriers are not only against the law but are overall bad for business. Less traffic means fewer sales! Architectural barriers are physical elements in a public or commercial facility that impede …

Jan 24, 2019 By Bridget Foley

Permit Advisors Celebrates its 10th Anniversary

Permit Advisors, Inc. has reached a major milestone this November, celebrating 10 years of business. Founded by President/CEO Roy Hasson in 2008, Permit Advisors has grown from a one-man show to a national-based firm with personnel located in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Dallas, and several other major U.S. jurisdictions. Having permitted over nine billion dollars in construction projects, Permit Advisors has become one of the top permit expediting firms in the industry.   “It is almost unimaginable to see how far we’ve come. Permit Advisors started out with me working in my parent’s garage. Now we have a huge group of …

Dec 3, 2018 By admin

What are Building Occupancies?

Have you ever seen your favorite local retail store go out of business only to become a completely different type of store later on? Building tenants change all of the time and their classifications may be very different. These classifications are referred to as occupancy groups and are an important part of the permitting process. The International Building Code (IBC) defines ten different occupancy groups: assembly (A), business (B), educational (E), factory and industrial (F), high hazard (H), institutional (I), mercantile (M), residential (R), storage (S), and utility (U). Occupancy groups are designated based on intended use; for example, a paper …

Oct 26, 2018 By admin

A Look at the Latest Retail and Design Trends

Over the past two weeks, we attended retail conferences where we met with other retail industry professionals to learn more about strategies and innovations shaping the retail world today. What we found to be a common trend among retailers is that they are doing away with the old metrics for evaluating their store’s effectiveness. No longer are they paying as close attention to the number of sales per square foot. Instead they are looking at the lasting impressions they make on their visitors. They want to know – are customers receiving a memorable experience? Many retailers are utilizing technology and …

Oct 10, 2018 By admin