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Stadium Chooses Modular Elevator

Stadium Chooses Modular Elevator – Elevators are a crucial part of any stadium and part of any good stadium design. Depending on the size, layout and capacity of the venue, anywhere from one to ten elevators or more may be needed. The purpose of the stadium elevator is to provide everyone unencumbered access, assist with foot traffic concerns and to meet American Disabilities Act (ADA) compliance. For instance the renovation to the venerable Dodger Stadium this past year added five new elevators to the existing two, significantly increasing accessibility.

To ensure access, elevators continue to be the best solution for vertical transportation needs. However, that solution comes with a myriad of problems when a project is in the construction phase if traditional or conventional elevators are utilized.

To alleviate problems with the elevator hoistway construction, component installation and then start up and adjustment the better alternative is a modular elevator. It is a conventional elevator built and installed in an unconventional way and it is the best alternative for any mid or low rise project. Instead of a cumbersome three-phase process where the shaft is built first, elevator is assembled inside second, and then it is turned on and adjusted, the first two steps are done completely in a factory. The elevator arrives as a finished product ready to be placed by a crane.

Most stadium elevators fall into the low and mid rise category, modular (like the one pictured) is the perfect solution.

The unique manufacturing process makes modular a better alternative for the following reasons:

  • It takes the elevator off the critical path. It is set when you want and ready when electricity is turned on for start up.
  • It significantly reduces coordination between trades. The hoistway is built in the factory with all of the elevator components already installed. Only placement and startup are needed on site.
  • It is safer. Reduced man-hours means fewer injuries. There are no open doors or open shafts to fall into because the elevator arrives with all of the components already installed. Modular eliminates the heavy lifting and dangers associated with working in cramped areas normally associated with elevators.
  • Modular frees up work space. You will not have to designate an area to store pallets filled with elevator parts or provide secure storage for tools. There are also fewer people on the job site to work around.

In the stadium project shown, the modular elevator demonstrates its flexibility by being placed in an open area left specifically for the elevator. That was the best choice in this situation, however the modular elevator can be placed at anytime in the building process. Sometimes it get placed first and then built around. Other times it is the last piece of the building puzzle. We will help you decide what is best for your particular project.

Modular elevators can also be placed next to an existing structure or stadium grandstands or inside a building depending on the need. One of the most popular uses regarding stadiums is to retrofit our elevator to gain access to a press box or higher level of seating. However, as pictured modular is perfect for new stadium construction as well.

Practically there is no other alternative for stadiums other than to have elevators installed for access and compliance. So why not use a proven system that alleviates so many of the headaches associated with elevators in construction projects.

If you have a stadium or other building that needs a quality, commercial elevator just click the button below for a Fast Track budget number and find out like our other partners that we are quality elevators taking you to a higher level.

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