Longview, TX — Gregg County commissioners hired architects Monday to prepare and oversee an expansive project to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act.
The hiring of Hugman Architecture Construction follows a countywide assessment conducted a few years ago, Purchasing Agent Shelia Embrey told commissioners.
“We decided (from that assessment) we needed to hire professionals that can address all these issues,” Embrey said.
The undertaking affects all county-owned buildings, including satellite justice of the peace offices and the sub-courthouses in Kilgore and on West Marshall Avenue.
Embrey said complying with the accessibility act could entail raising some public counters or creating space beneath water fountains. Doors cannot weigh more than 5 pounds under the act, which also requires offices the public visits to have a 5-foot turning area for wheelchairs.