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We appreciate your interests in Universal Design, a global movement of inclusive design practice initiated at NC State University College of Design. The Center for Universal Design is currently not active due to funding challenges. We are working to revive the Center, hopefully in the near future. We are unable at this time to provide assistance to your design inquiries.

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Sponsor: North Carolina Independent Living Rehabilitation Program

PI: Leslie Young

Period: 8/01/99 through Present

The purpose of this project is to provide technical support services to the North Carolina multifamily housing industry by conducting plan reviews and, when appropriate, providing design recommendations to developers and builders of multifamily housing in North Carolina. The Center has developed and distributed

  • a resource booklet on accessible and universal design in multifamily housing that fully explains and illustrates the "A" and "B" units with universal design suggestions
  • a resource booklet on curbless or roll-in showers and shows how the size and other details can be incorporated to successfully control water
  • a bathroom plan tech sheet whose designs comply with NCFHA QAP requirements

These are available for free or purchase via the publications page.

Center Offers Multifamily Housing Assistance

Center for Universal Design staff are eager to assist North Carolina builders, designers and architects of multifamily housing and our 20-plus years of experience in creating accessible and universally designed housing to work. We can help you understand and comply with the new state building code effective July 1, 1999.

Center staff can:

  • Make suggestions for improving the design of bathrooms, kitchens and common use spaces
  • Review design and construction drawings for building code compliance
  • Answer questions on the accessibility requirements for multifamily housing in the NC State Building Code

Contact the Center by e-mail at or by calling 1.800.647-6777.  

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