Designing a school in Brooklyn, NY, takes a lot of planning, especially when it comes to space. When it came to the elevator for Basis Independent School, the seven-story facility needed something durable for school use that could accommodate an ambulance gurney. They wanted to minimize the footprint of the structure, as every inch of space was at a premium. A machine roomless elevator (MRL) was the logical choice, but fitting everything in was a challenge. The MRL traction needed additional width for counterweights and the customer did not want a machine room due to spatial considerations. Lastly, the project called for a two-hour fire rating. All of these issues added to the complexity and project constraints for this school elevator.
Phoenix Modular Elevator worked with the project architect to fit a gurney compliant elevator car into the space allotted. This necessitated a custom shaft with minimal clearance on the back wall. We even verified with New York City DOB officials that the orientation of the gurney would be acceptable to avoid any questions or delays during the inspection.
The elevator was constructed as one piece, then split into 3 sections for transport to the job site. Onsite, they were bolted back together, leveled, and plumbed. The car and sling were fully assembled and wired in the factory, then put into the shaft and pre-roped. This factory work made for a shorter lead time and faster installation than could be accomplished with a stick-built elevator.
This was certainly a challenge, but not something that Phoenix Modular Elevator is uncomfortable with. If you have a vertical transportation challenge, let us put our creative team to work on a solution for you. Click the button below to get a free quick quote for a project you have in mind.