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ADA Building Access Guide

The ADA building access guide provides information on accessible entrances and facilities for buildings on the University of Washington Seattle campus.

Go to the ADA Building Access Guide

You may also download the Campus ADA Mobility Route Map PDF (2 MB).

Some of our older buildings don’t conform to the accessibility code requirements applicable to new construction. In such situations, rather than identify a feature as accessible, the guide provides measurements of facilities in each building so users can find an entrance that meets their needs.

Campus Terrain

The campus is deceptively steep, rising from Lake Washington on the east to an elevation of 224 feet at the northwest corner, a rise equal to an 18 story building. The campus is also relatively large, about 15 blocks north to south and 25 blocks east to west. The University, therefore, encourages wheelchair users to consider using power-operated wheelchairs on campus.

Since the University is located on a sloping site, many of the pedestrian ways have conditions that do not meet accessibility requirements for slope, duration, surface and rails. Individuals may need to experience a given route to determine if it is accessible for them.

Accessibility Barriers

The University of Washington wants every student, staff member and visitor to be able to enjoy our beautiful campus and get where they need to go without frustration.
Report a Barrier to Access

Who is Eligible to Use This Service?
Campus Visitors (without a NetID)