This CSU program helps make buildings more accessible for folks with disabilities

Terry Schlicting has lived in various houses over the years where he’s just had to make things work. That often meant remodeling a bathroom or rearranging grab bars, with his brother’s help, to accommodate his wheelchair.

Living independently is important to him, said Schlicting, who works as an accommodations specialist at Colorado State University.

When he learned about CSU’s Department of Construction Management’s CM Cares program, which aims to make buildings more accessible for people who have disabilities, Schlicting applied. He figured he’d be able to get a new bathroom and take the load off his brother, who has always tried to help him with whatever home projects he could.

But the students involved in the project wanted to do more than make the space work for Schlicting. They wanted to make the space into one he truly loved.

CSU construction management students and Swinerton employees are working to build a home addition with an accessible bedroom and bathroom. They’re also in the process of building a concrete path that leads from the front yard to a new deck and patio area surrounded by fresh mulch and landscaping.