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thyssenkrupp is currently putting the finishing touches on the installation of 30 elevators and 2 escalators that will serve 52 floors at River Point, a new office tower located on a prime piece of property overlooking the Chicago River.

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Elevators are a vital in a building. When they are working fine, no one notices. If there are issues, tenant satisfaction is quickly impacted. Especially if your elevators are old, noisy, slow and often out of service because they need repairs.

We recently shared our expertise on elevator modernization at a seminar at the 2016 BOMA International Conference and Expo which attracted over 3000 building owners and managers. We educated our audience on how an elevator modernization will increase your property value.

When you modernize an elevator you replace the elevator system’s major components. Inefficient motors, drives and controllers are replaced with new technology that make intelligent traffic handling decisions, increase reliability and save energy. Upgrades can also be made to cab interiors, fixtures, lighting and phone monitoring.  Modernization is a significant financial investment and tenants will be temporarily inconvenienced.  Here are some dos and don’ts

Don’t

Put it off. Take advantage of capital planning and consider phasing in upgrades.  A modernization can be lengthy, depending on the size of the project. The longer you wait, the greater the burden on your tenants.

Assume a fire service upgrade is a modernization. Depending on your jurisdiction, building codes may require elevators to be brought up to the latest fire service codes without requiring a controller upgrade. There are many benefits you will forgo, from energy savings, aesthetics, to reliability, that a fire service upgrade alone cannot meet.

Ignore cab upgrades to save money. This is the part of the elevator your tenants will interact with for years to come. Modernizations offer the perfect time to update dingy interiors. Invest in the aesthetics.  

 

Do

Allow plenty of time for the bid process.  A time frame of 4-6 weeks minimum is typically required for most projects.  Pricing may be higher and there may be fewer responding contractors, if you want the modernization expedited.

Communicate with your tenants. Inform your tenants monthly of progress, upcoming activities. Work with the elevator contractor to assemble a tenant presentation to inform occupants of the pending modernization.  This shows the tenants the level of investment being made in their building and lets them know there will be some slower service during the modernization.

Understand that the modernization process can be painful. Since already unreliable elevators are being removed from the group, the other elevators work harder and potentially break down more.  Please keep in mind that there is a significant and beneficial “light at the end of the tunnel.”

Expect the unexpected. Existing buildings always hold some surprises despite thorough planning. Make sure you have a survey done of existing equipment to avoid these surprises as much as possible.

Call thyssenkrupp, we have the MOD Solution you need.

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