Skip to main content
U.S. flag

An official website of the United States government

Official websites use .gov
A .gov website belongs to an official government organization in the United States.

Secure .gov websites use HTTPS
A lock ( ) or https:// means you’ve safely connected to the .gov website. Share sensitive information only on official, secure websites.

2017 Bronze Medal Award

Butler, Furman

Butler, Furman


This team is recognized for the development of guidance on the use of existing and newly designed elevators during the fire evacuation process, based directly on the data derived from the perspectives of occupants with mobility impairments. Face-to-face interviews were conducted with 51 participants with mobility impairments working in tall buildings in the United States. Participants' perspectives on evacuation experiences and methods, which are often neglected in evacuation planning and procedural development, provided direct input into this guidance document, which will assist designers, facility managers, and emergency personnel with improvements to designs, technologies, and emergency procedures for safer fire evacuation of occupants with mobility impairments.


Kathryn Butler

Engineering Laboratory

Susanne Furman

Social Scientist
Information Technology Laboratory, Information Access Division