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FUTURE ELLERBE BECKETT DESIGNS TO OFFER DISABLED BETTER VIEW

          MN-based Ellerbe Beckett (EB) has "agreed to design new
     stadiums and arenas so spectators in wheelchairs have a full
     view when other fans stand up,"  according to an AP report
     in the Minneapolis STAR TRIBUNE.  Yesterday, the Justice
     Dept. announced an agreement which settles a lawsuit filed
     against EB in '96, which claimed the firm had violated the
     Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) in its designs of
     arenas in Boston, Buffalo, Cleveland, Philadelphia, Portland
     (OR), and Washington, DC.  The settlement, under terms of
     which EB has agreed to "design future sites along
     guidelines" which meet the ADA's requirements, also includes
     "detailed measurements for the average heights of standing
     spectators and the average height of a person in a
     wheelchair" to be used in calculating sight lines for the
     disabled (AP/Minneapolis STAR TRIBUNE, 4/28).

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