Photo Album for Southeast Facilities
& Visitor Services Workshop, September 2000
Café and Railroad
The team pictured above surveyed the indoor and outdoor parts of the Caterpillar Café and the restrooms nearby. They also took a ride on the narrow-gauge railroad that circles the grounds of the North Carolina Museum of Life and Science.
After surveying the restrooms and noting the need for stall door handles that can be manipulated with a closed fist, the group split up to survey the café.
Some group members took measurements inside the cafe, paying attention to heights of counters where food, utensils, and napkins are available.
Others surveyed the outside eating area. They measured from the ground to the tops of tables and the knee space below them. They measured the spaces between tables and chairs to determine whether aisle widths allowed diners with disabilities to move easily.
Non-wheelchair users in the group took turns using a wheelchair to get a feel for what was needed.
This group also rode the narrow-gauge railroad, where seating in the last car has been removed for passengers who use wheelchairs.
Group members recommended adding a folding bench to the last car to allow friends and family to ride with wheelchair users.