Bank of America ADA Historical Facilities

February 17 2016
Bank of America ADA Historical Facilities

As an active member in Bank of America's ADA upgrade program, Stonefield is able to coordinate with the Bank on facilities located within many historical districts and buildings. Many challenges are presented when working with the community to maintain the historical impact of the facility while also providing the necessary accommodations for customers and employees. These opportunities allow Stonefield to approach the design for a different perspective and create innovative solutions for ADA accessibility. 





 

Public Right-of-Way ADA Improvements

February 02 2016
Public Right-of-Way ADA Improvements

A municipality’s streetscape design defines the tone and use of a neighborhood from family friendly tree-lined suburban blocks to street-side café seating in downtown to even the wide concrete corridors along 5th Avenue in New York City. Stonefield works closely with municipalities to maintain the aesthetic and architectural style of the streetscape while still providing accessible paths for pedestrians such as with the granite and paver crosswalks utilized in Princeton.  






 

ADA Accessible Public Interconnections

January 15 2016
ADA Accessible Public Interconnections

Outside the realm of personal automobiles, ADA accessibility is an integral part of the transportation world and countless people rely on the accessibility afforded by public transportation. As one part of a project’s ADA assessment Stonefield will look to design an accessible path from a site to the right-of-way in a location that provides the greatest interconnectivity to other modes of public transportation. 





 

ADA Accessible Mixed Use Development

January 08 2016
ADA Accessible Mixed Use Development

As the industry shifts to new redevelopment opportunities within old neighborhoods, ADA accessibility plays a large role in the design of the streetscape to ensure that adequate provisions are in place to convey pedestrians from nearby urban areas to a revitalized site. Stonefield has many years of experience working with municipalities and developers to design and assist in the construction of the necessary ADA improvements to ensure interconnectivity with adjoining neighborhoods. 





 

Private ADA Accessible Improvements

January 05 2016
Private ADA Accessible Improvements

For projects located in urban settings, providing compliant ADA accessibility to a building entrance may prove challenging when the building abuts the public right-of-way. Stonefield works with municipalities and jurisdictional agencies to coordinate the installation of necessary ADA improvements which encroach into public space. The limitations of these encroachments challenge Stonefield to design the least intrusive features while still maintaining compliant accessibility and common sense functionality.  






 

Bank of America ADA Entranceways

November 15 2015
Bank of America ADA Entranceways

Entranceways are the first impressions of any structure whether it be a residence, office or commercial building. If an entrance is too small, too crowded, too overwhelming it may be off-putting or uncomfortable to guests, tenants, or customers. Stonefield works with Bank of America to upgrade the accessibility of their facility entrances to create a more pedestrian friendly appearance. 






 

Bank of America ADA Transportation Connections

November 04 2015
Bank of America ADA Transportation Connections

As society continues to shift to subsequently more urbanized areas, multimodal transportation to and from a destination is not only becoming more feasible but is an integral part in the design of an urban site. As part of Bank of America's ADA Upgrades program Stonefield is focused on providing accessibility from the entrance not only the parking lot but to the public right-of-way walkways, bus stops, and bicycle racks. 







 

ADA Accessible Urban Integration

October 14 2015
ADA Accessible Urban Integration

Urban public areas have often been referred to as the "concrete jungle" and for good reason. These wider paths provide the necessary area to transfer large volumes of pedestrian traffic throughout the community. Stonefield has coordinated and designed numerous ADA improvements within these settings and always looks to both minimize the intrusion into this open space and also subtlety define the space to accent the subject site. 






 

Public Right-of-Way ADA Improvements

October 03 2015
Public Right-of-Way ADA Improvements

ADA improvements are now an important focus for many public and pseudo-public agencies. Stonefield has worked with (and for) many of these agencies to coordinate and design the necessary ADA features to create a safer more pedestrian friendly right-of-way. While many improvements are physical in nature such as ramps and detectable warning strips, Stonefield has also worked with agencies to change pedestrian crosswalk signal timing and introduce audio pings to further improve safety and accessibility for pedestrians. 






 

Bank of America ADA Architectural Exposure

September 07 2015
Bank of America ADA Architectural Exposure

Being part of the Bank of America's ADA Upgrades program has provided Stonefield many opportunities to be exposed to the multitudes of shapes and sizes of the Bank's facilities. From standalone modern prototypes to retrofits of historical buildings each site offers a different perspective and history behind the design and layout. Whether it is iron wrought fencing, arched entranceways, or some other architectural features, Stonefield makes note of these features and factors them into every accessible design. 




 

Bank of America ADA Community Integration

September 02 2015
Bank of America ADA Community Integration

Bank of America has brought on Stonefield to assist in the coordination and design of ADA upgrades at their facilities across the country many of which are located in bustling urban communities. At many of these sites, accessibility is heavily focused on pedestrian traffic from the public right-of-way. Stonefield works closely with municipalities and the Bank to ensure that sites are friendly, accommodating, and accessible to the members of the community. 





 

Bank of America ADA Site Upgrades Program

August 20 2015
Bank of America ADA Site Upgrades Program

Stonefield works closely with Bank of America to design and coordinate ADA upgrades for their bank branches and other facilities across the country. Wide ranging project scopes have included parking lot reconstruction, entrance alteration, ramp installations, compliant signage, handrails, and other barrier-free features which improve the accessibility for both customers and employees alike. 





 

Setting Details

August 09 2015
Setting Details

Walking down a streetscape can feel a lot like reading a good novel. There are often so many intricacies up and down the pathway that you may not even notice them all. Together these details can create an elaborate setting making each step an enjoyable as the previous one. Features like these can help create a sense of place by linking new development with its celebrated past. An ornate streetscape will be embraced by community and make you feel at home.  





 

Pedestrian Traffic

July 02 2015
Pedestrian Traffic

When you hear the words "traffic" you begin to think cars, signals, intersections, driveways, and trucks. Equally as important, pedestrian traffic cannot be overlooked. Analyzing how pedestrians can interact with a new development is one of the most interesting applications to apply. When preparing a site layout, we pay close attention to locating ramps, sidewalks, crosswalks and entrances in the most suitable areas to promote pedestrian flow and interaction. 



 

Think Global

June 27 2015
Think Global

Working with a worldwide corporation is a great privilege and has allowed us to diversify our skill sets by designing in many different regions. These opportunities allow us to approach challenges with fresh perspective and a myriad of experiences.  






 

Blending history with modern

June 18 2015
Blending history with modern

Downtown Jersey City has many prominent buildings, such as the recognizable Bank of America with its historic elements blended with the latest technological enhancements. We enjoyed the opportunity to upgrade this facility at the busy intersection of Bergenline Avenue and and 32nd Street. 





 

Architecture speaks volumes

June 17 2015
Architecture speaks volumes

Architecture speaks volumes about a structures birth, use, and personality. As Greek columns and arches once traditionally symbolized power, strength and dependency, many banks have incorporated unique features into their appearance. These structures are thought to spur on stability and reassurance. The beautiful arches shown here lend themselves to the historic surroundings.  





 

BOA upgrade

June 10 2015
BOA upgrade

Downtown Jersey City has many prominent buildings, such as the recognizable Bank of America with its historic elements blended with the latest technological enhancements. We enjoyed the opportunity to upgrade this facility at the busy intersection of Bergenline Avenue and and 32nd Street. 





 

Customer Convenience

June 02 2015
Customer Convenience

Customer convenience - the root source for commercial drive-thru facilities. Once thought of as an added beneficial accessory to a property, now governs whether or not a property will be worthy of the initial investment. Expedited transaction times have changed the way goods and services are exchanged over the past decades. Our office has studied and designed various drive-thru uses from banks and pharmacies to fast food restaurants and coffee shops.



 

Where's the instructions?

May 26 2015
Where's the instructions?

Ever try to build a Lego set without the instructions? Good luck. Construction details provide the necessary instructions and material specifications to allow the general contractor to perform the scope of work. We are diligent in providing construction details that are presented clearly, are concise, and encompass all necessary information. Feedback from the State, County or Local Municipality is often coordinated.  




 

ADA Accessibility Based On Various Materials

May 20 2015
ADA Accessibility Based On Various Materials

While many may stay with the tried and true asphalt and concrete materials on a project, Stonefield has worked with numerous agencies and developers to coordinate the design and construction of necessary ADA improvements which utilize building materials compatible with structures on site and the surrounding neighborhood. Upgrades such as brick and granite ramps or iron-wrought railings provide accessibility without sacrificing aesthetic and historic appeal. 






 

Ramp design

May 19 2015
Ramp design

Ramps with handrails allow site access for all persons by creating an accessible path over a change in elevation. Handrails are installed along both sides to aid in climbing the ramp and act as fall protection. These provide an opportunity to implement a unique handrail design based on the surrounding elements of the property and the local streetscape. 





 

Site circulation

May 14 2015
Site circulation

Site circulation, especially in larger multi pad shopping centers, can be a site benefit or detriment. The functionality of all site features is dependent upon a smooth and easily maneuverable circulation layout. The success of drive-thru facilities is directly connected to a potential customer's ability to traverse the intended path. 









 

Historic focal point

May 01 2015
Historic focal point

We appreciate every opportunity given to work on a local focal point structure, such as this historic Palisades Englewood Bank of America office. The unique rock facade tends to catch your eye while still accenting the other surrounding City structures. Whether a new property is to be developed or an existing structure is to be modified, attention to surrounding details will always play a prominent role in design.




 

Take your bike to the bank

April 22 2015
Take your bike to the bank

Successful corporations often consider alternate methods of transportation a benefit worth pursuing. The location of nearby train stations, bus stops, subway access points, and bike lanes can largely impact the ability for the community to visit a commercial establishment. Bike racks are typically installed at the front entrance of new Bank of America branches to promote cyclist visits. Not to mention, the stainless steel racks are an aesthetically pleasing feature to be greeted by. 



 

Outside the box

April 10 2015
Outside the box

Thinking outside the box is key. The Federal ADA regulations create a specific set of guidelines for pedestrian entry to publicly accessed commercial facilities. When reviewing options to bring a historic Bank of America branch into compliance, a unique solution was presented. A new entrance proposed four feet higher than the existing entrance was recommended in order to bypass the internal stairway barrier. The result provided a barrier free access point with an exterior ramp allowing all customers to independently enter.



 

Light the way

April 08 2015
Light the way

Banking centers have been staples in local business zones for years. As the banking industry technology advances, so do Bank of America branches. Drive-thru facilities are now installed with primarily automatic services available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. With any financial use, site lighting is paramount. We strive to design site lighting to provide a comfortable environment for bank customers to perform transactions after hours, while also minimizing impacts on the surrounding environment.



 

Retail Design

March 18 2015
Retail Design

Stonefield works closely with Bank of America throughout the Northeast and Midwest towards the continuous upgrade of various engineering infrastructure associated with their real estate operations.  Financial institutions have re-purposed some of the most classic and important buildings within downtown commercial areas.  Englewood, NJ is a great example of one such building.  Stonefield assisted the bank with an important ADA compliance upgrade to make the bank accessible and safe.



 

ADA Design - Switchback Ramps

March 15 2015
ADA Design - Switchback Ramps

Stonefield has a team of civil engineering experts that specialize in retro-fitting public right-of-way and private property to comply with ADA Standards for Accessible Design.  Historically sites have been constructed without these standards in mind.  Our process includes an initial assessment of existing conditions, detailed design plans to indicate necessary modifications, and construction administration to ensure the design plans are implemented. In the case where longer ramps are needed to create the required slope to meet a grade change, we design switchbacks to break up the longer spans.  We have successfully implemented switchbacks throughout the Northeast.

 

ADA Features Harmonizing With Site Infrastructure

March 05 2015
ADA Features Harmonizing With Site Infrastructure

Providing ADA accessibility for a project does not have to detract from the overall aesthetic appeal of a site or building nor should it appear forced onto a site. Stonefield has assisted in the construction of countless ADA improvements which were specifically designed with the intent of harmonizing with the surrounding features such as lighting, landscaping, and structures. Materials, colors, and location are carefully considered during design to ensure a smooth visual transition into the surroundings.