Ryan Vucina has considerable experience in the California real estate development industry. As Chief Operations Manager of Vucina Construction, Ryan Vucina is familiar with the processes surrounding compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
Adherence to the ADA in California is strong, and the cost of litigation is high. Businesses found in violation of the ADA or the California Building Code may be fined a minimum of $4,000, in addition to paying the plaintiff’s attorney’s fees. Unfortunately, although the ADA was intended as a protection for persons who are disabled, in some instances, individuals have taken undue advantage of the system by filing unwarranted lawsuits.
In response, the California legislature created Certified Access Specialists (CASp). Business and property owners can request CASp inspections to determine if they are ADA-compliant. CASp inspections can protect against unfair lawsuits by making sure that facilities comply with state and federal guidelines. They also locate “readily achievable” corrections to code violations and provide sufficient time for alterations. Even though a building may not yet be up to code, the inspections establish the owner’s intent to make changes, in order that all customers may access a business.
As Chief Operations Manager with Vucina Construction, Inc., Ryan Vucina guides a Pacific Grove, California, company that undertakes quality projects throughout the Monterey peninsula.