The Challenge – RetrofitApril 27, 2017
Murphysboro Middle School is over 100 years old, so it was no surprise the elevator manufacturer was long out of business and parts were in short supply. School officials decided it was time for a new elevator, as the old one was constantly breaking down and stranding students.
Time was a major factor in choosing how to proceed with the renovation. The elevator needed to be completed over summer break, but traditional elevators couldn’t meet that timeline. Like most schools, cost was also a huge consideration. Schools don’t have extra money to waste, so staying within budget and having a quality elevator was a must.
While researching options, the project architect was referred to Phoenix Modular Elevator. After learning about our much shorter timelines and our ability to meet the school’s three month deadline, along with our cost effective pricing, we got to work to ensure MMS students had a high-quality commercial elevator at the start of school.
The Solution – Crushing All Three Challenges
We were able to provide MMS with a quality commercial elevator with industry-standard, non-proprietary parts. Using non-proprietary parts means replacements are less expensive and easy to find. Also, maintenance contracts are more competitive; any licensed elevator mechanic can service the elevator. Also, PME’s horizonal manufacturing process allows for much greater quality control.
Second, the onsite installation time was days instead of weeks or months. We manufacture the fire-rated hoistway offsite to include all elevator equipment pre-installed. Once set, our crew was immediately able to finish the installation so the elevator would be ready for the first day of school.
Lastly, we were able to provide a commercial modular elevator for approximately half of what traditional elevator companies quoted the school. But don’t take our word for it. Take a look at the video and see what the MMS superintendent has to say about the school’s retrofit elevator. And if you have a project you would like us to price, contact us for a modular elevator quote.