Build – Elevator Contractor

A modular elevator is the fastest and easiest elevator you’ll ever step-up.  Almost everything is pre-installed.  No rails to hang, cab to assemble, or unprotected heights to dangle from. We’ve done all the assembly work. Unless otherwise directed, connect it to the power source, and perform normal startup for hydraulic or traction as needed, testing and adjustment.

There are three steps basic steps that can take a day or two each for the set-up and start-up of our standard hydraulic elevators. Traction elevators take a bit longer due to roping. The first step is to make sure everything was delivered and watch the elevator set in place. Some plumbing and wiring can take place at this time as well. The second step is to finish the set-up once power has been turned on at the site.  The third is to be present and oversee the inspection as well as trouble shoot any items that pop up. Below are more detailed steps to the set-up process. If you want to look at a quick video that shows an overview of the set-up process click on the link below.

Keep in mind that Phoenix Modular Elevator sends a team with the elevator to place the hoistway. We make elevators easy! So, unless you have been directed otherwise, skip steps 2, 3 & 4 and let our team do the work.

Easy Install Video

Step 1: Obtain Permits & Check Arriving Components

We will supply layout drawings after the customer approves the details of their elevator.  Use the drawings to apply for the required permits. All permits are your responsibility. We will give support as needed. It is also crucial that you inspect each arriving component of the elevator. The elevator comes pre-installed, but there are components needed for set-up. There is a packing list that comes with every elevator. It is your responsibility to make sure everything has arrived as promised. If something is missing, report it immediately to the Phoenix Team onsite. If the Phoenix Team is not available contact our logistics specialist or quality control expert immediately. Keep in mind that most of the components are strapped in the area where they will be needed. For instance buffer springs will be strapped to the rails in the part of the hoistway that goes into the pit. Others will be on the car top, in the machineroom or palatalized.   

Step 2: Meeting and Unloading the Truck - Skip Unless Directed

Make sure to check for all the components needed for set-up on the provided check list. Notify the Phoenix Team immediately if anything is missing. 

The truck will arrive with:

→ The modular elevator hoistway with a pre-installed elevator. Multiple towers will arrive as scheduled if a taller hoistway is part of the project. 

→ The modular machine room (if ordered) or a pallet with the tank and controller strapped to it

→ The rest of the “shipped separately” components strapped inside the hoistway closest to point of use.

Fastest installing commercial quality elevator. This mnaufactured elevator is ready to be installed.

If there is a modular machine room, have the crane unload it first and set it off to the side.

Have the crane rig the hoistway, lift it off the truck, and allow the truck to drive away.  Remove the shipping brackets from the bottom of the hoistway (Phillips head screws).  Have the crane upright the elevator and lower it into the pit. For more details on sizing and rigging, as well as a video of a modular elevator being set, click the link below.
 
 
Crane Info

Step 3: Set and Plumb Hoistway - Skip Unless Directed

The hoistway structure is built perfectly square in the factory, and the rails are aligned and welded in place.  The hoistway is secured in the pit by bolting it to cast-in-place anchor bolts.  The hoistway “legs” are 1” shorter than the pit is deep to allow for leveling the hoistway inside an imperfect pit.  Once leveled, non-shrink grout must be packed under the base plates to support them permanently.

Setting the Hoistway

Step 4: Set Up the Machine Room - Skip Unless Directed

If there is a modular machine room supplied the general contractor should have a slab already poured. The crane team should set the machine room on the slab provided. Make sure the machine room is centered on the slab and attach it to the slab with epoxy anchors (GC supplies).

If there is a site-built machine room, mount the power unit and controller in the room, and wire them together and to the disconnects.

Step 5: Set Hydraulic Lines

Pipe the jacks to the power unit as with any other hydraulic elevator.  You supply the piping and fittings per code as well as pipe stands and anchorage, unless the customer has ordered a pre-cut piping package. 

If there is a modular machine room, we optionally supply a pre-cut piping/fittings package.  One piece of pipe is left long and ungrooved on one end so that you can cut it to precise length.

If the machine room is remote from the hoistway, coordinate in advance with the GC on how the piping and cable will be routed.  Plan for underground raceways to be set before the pit is poured.  Make sure nothing extends past the inside of the pit wall until after the tower is set.

Build Elevator Contractor - Plumbing the elevator pit starts with the hydraulic jack and ends in the modular machine room.
Build Elevator Contractor - The piping for a hydraulic elevator are easily attached.
Build Elevator Contractor - Hydraulic elevators can be installed quickly with Phoenix Modular Elevator.
Build Elevator Contractor - Piping the pit of a hydraulic elevator is easy with the supplied pipes from Phoenix Modular Elevator.

Step 6: Connect Wiring

Option A:  The traveling cable and hoistway cable are coiled up near the bottom of the hoistway.  Unwrap both cables and feed them to the desired exit point, through the raceway to the machine room.

Option B:  The traveling cable and hoistway cable are terminated in a junction box at the bottom of the hoistway, and extra lengths of cable are supplied.  Cut the cables to the precise length you need and wire them between the terminal box and the controller.

With a modular machine room, all gutter connections are precut and supplied.  With a site-built machine room, you supply the gutter and conduit from the hoistway to the controller, controller to power unit, and controller to disconnects.

MMR Piping Wiring

Step 7: Start Up the Elevator

Hydraulic – Ensure jacks are plumb and secured, fill the tank with oil supplied by installer, sequentially remove shipping brackets, power up the elevator and lift the car.  Check for leaks, remove the final shipping brackets, and lower the car. Inspect the jacks thoroughly and replace the packing on the jack. Extra packing is provided!!! Failure to replace the packing will result in a voided jack warranty making you responsible for any additional costs incurred.

  

Start Up

Step 8: Test and Adjust Elevator

Perform all normal tests and adjustments as with any other newly installed elevator.

→ Run on inspection

→ Install selector tape

→ Adjust doors

→ Run on automatic

→ Adjust valve

→ Connect and test smoke detector and fire alarm

→ Connect and test phone line

The elevator has not been powered up in the factory, so full testing and adjusting must be performed in the field.  This includes doors, which are installed horizontally in the factory and thus cannot be fully adjusted until they are vertical.

Instructions on all equipment, as well as wiring diagrams, are contained in the Project Manual that ships with the elevator.

Step 9: Final Details

Place ceiling panels and lights in car.

Light bulbs and guards in pit and cartop.

Give GC a punch list of any outstanding items that must be complete prior to inspection.

Step 10: Inspection

Schedule and perform inspection.

Turn elevator over to customer.

Arrange for ongoing maintenance to preserve the warranty.

Things We Don't Do

Believe it or not there are a few things we do not provide and are not in our scope. It may take letting the customer or GC know they need to coordinate with other subs to get these things done. Here is a good list, but if you have any questions at all please contact us:

→ The floor of the elevator car. We do not provide carpet or tile and do not install it in the factory.

→ Fire/Life/Safety – Sprinklers are totally up to the GC or building owner.

→ Coordination of various trades. It is up to the GC or building owner to schedule electricians, carpentry, construction, concrete work, fire/life/safety, building inspectors or plumbers (sump pump). Even the elevator installer needs to coordinate with the GC.

→ Structural Connections – We can give advice and assistance but we do not make the tie-ins.

→ Emergency Egress Phones – These are the phones located at landings (not in the elevator cars) in some cases and are not allowed to be in the elevator hoistway.

→ Sump Pumps – If requested we can provide a receptacle and wiring but the pump is not in our scope.

We hope that the information above will help you with the elevator set-up. It is our goal to make the process as easy as possible. If you have any suggestions or questions, feel free to contact us at your convenience.

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