The City of Sevierville, Tennessee, contracted with DLZ to perform a self-evaluation of all City facilities, programs, policies, and procedures and prepare a Transition Plan to assist in prioritizing their ADA compliance efforts. DLZ’s facility self-evaluation included 17 City buildings, 9 parks, 50 miles of sidewalks, several blocks of on-street parking in the downtown shopping district, pedestrian signals, and 365 intersections with curb ramps. DLZ partnered with a local firm that collected field measurements for pedestrian facilities within the public right-of-way and other limited exterior spaces utilizing Excel and Geojot forms developed by DLZ specific to this type of specialty work. This beneficial partnership allowed for owner cost-savings and support of the local businesses.
The Sevierville project is somewhat unique given the types of facilities owned or operated by the City that have programs within. These include Smokies Stadium (home of the Tennessee Smokies, Class A minor league baseball affiliate of the Chicago Cubs), Sevierville Convention Center, Visitor Center, East Tennessee State University at Sevierville, Sevierville Golf Course, Fort Sanders Sevier Senior Center, and Sevierville Community Center. Public input was achieved via direct mailings to disability advocacy groups and public notice to solicit input, an online survey, and issuance of the draft SETP for public review and comment. The self-evaluation of programs, policies, and procedures was completed by DLZ and the results were compiled into a Transition Plan that the City will utilize to make the necessary corrective actions and policy changes.