Modular Overview

Modular construction, especially for the architect, can be a challenge when you decide modular is the best option or you are considering a modular solution. The modular industry can make your project smarter, safer and greener, as well as more cost effective. The AIA recognizes modular is the future and is now providing resources to help.

The AIA publication covers many of the questions you may have about the modular industry, but there are some additional things you should know about elevators additionally.

→ Our structure is self-supporting up to about 50′ of height (30-35 feet of travel).

→ We can provide any type of elevator (hydraulic/traction).

→ You have freedom to design the cab any way you want.

→ Our structure can handle some gravity loads but no shear loads.

→ The hoistway can be one or two hour fire protection, but you need to let us know what you need for the project.

→ Our pit size varies based upon the size of the elevator car. Regardless, they are probably not the size you are used to using.

→ Our units can be used on the exterior or interior of buildings.

→ We are perfect for retro-fit, new standard construction or new modular.

→ We can provide a modular machine room for exterior appications.

More Info About Modular Elevators:

Modular elevators are simply better. They have a shorter lead time, a shorter start-up time, safer to make operational and quality you expect. This is possible due to the factory production making modular elevators the best solution for your building projects. The video shows a bit of why we are the better alternative. If you have a project, click the button below for a free, fast, quick quote.

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Modular Solution = Hoistway + Fully Assembled Elevator

Inserting an elevator cab into a hoistway. This is a modular hoistway with car inserteded. Elevators are traditionally built by laboriously constructing a hoistway as part of the building with wood, steel or concrete blocks. Elevator components are then lowered or carried into the vertical space through dangerous shaft openings or hatches and painstakingly assembled one piece at a time.

Because this old-fashioned way takes so long (usually months) and is unsafe, a more logical solution was born. Modular elevator construction literally turns elevator construction on its side in a high quality factory environment.

From start to finish, modular elevators are produced horizontally. A tough, durable steel frame makes up the hoistway that is wrapped in drywall for a fire-rating.  The horizontal shaft then has an elevator a pre-installed inside. This includes the elevator car, rails, wiring and drive system. They are complete units ready for setup, adjustment and testing. This innovative manufacturing process is a faster, safer way to build an elevator and a better choice for any structure from two to 15 stories.


The Benefits of Modular:

Shorter Lead Time → With the modular solution, elevators are built in a factory setting, with the hoistway, car and machine room built simultaneously. The result is that a fully assembled, high-quality elevator can leave our plant in eight weeks after the drawings have been approved. Additionally, this option eliminates delays that you find onsite such as inclement weather or other construction trades.

Pre-Installation → Modular elevators are manufactured as a completely finished product with an elevator pre-installed in the hoistway. There is no onsite installation only setup.  The design makes it easy to crane the elevator into place in stackable 50’ sections. When a modular elevator arrives, it is ready in less than a week for testing and inspection once power is on. This minimizes job site disruption by the elevator mechanics.

Higher Quality → Factory built modular elevators meet strict quality and tolerance standards. Each elevator is checked daily for proper welds, alignment and assembly; the inspection team can simply walk the horizontal hoistway for quality control. Industry standard parts and components are used. The very same found in stick built elevators. Also, all of our components are non-proprietary, making servicing and maintenance easier and less expensive.

Safer Construction → Modular elevators are simply safer to build. Because all work is done in a horizontal shaft there is no scaffolding to erect and no mechanics dangling from ropes. The setup time is very short and work onsite is done from the car top rather than from work platforms.

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