Does the Location of an Elevator in a Modern Building Matter?
Elevators, when properly positioned, can add aesthetic as well as real estate value to your office complex or commercial building. Consider the fact that elevators are the first thing one looks for when attempting to reach a particular business or person. Elevators connect the line of perceived vision of a visitor from the lobby to the destination. Access to businesses, opportunities, products, or even medical assistance is best achieved through a well-placed elevator system. In that sense, elevators should always be easy to find, to enter, and spend time in.
Elevator Placement Legal Compliance
The Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 requires that elevators need to be accessible to visitors in a public place. In other words, they have to be visible and easy to reach and get into. They ought not to be too far from the entrance, or in any out-of-the-way place. If your elevator is in an inaccessible part of the building then it will not comply with the minimum ADA standards even if it complies with minimum elevator dimension requirements.
Location of an Elevator in Buildings without one
Elevator design in old buildings, especially ones that never had an elevator to begin with, can be challenging. The elevator engineer will then have to choose a suitable location for the elevator shaft. The shaft should not eat into the space of already existing rooms and it should not clash with the building aesthetics or the integrity of the structure.
However, buildings with large open entrances are quite suitable for elevator systems in the visible façade. Other options for placement of the elevator system include the atrium, and where there is a lack of space, the stairwell itself.
Avoiding Cramped Appearances in Elevator Interior Design
Wherever you choose to install your elevator, care should be taken to give the appearance of space, when designing elevator interiors. The elevator car door width must be a minimum of 36 inches according to the ADA. The width must be at least 68 inches and the depth, at least 51 inches. If your elevator has center-opening doors, then the elevator cab width must be a minimum of 80 inches.
Your elevator cabin must also meet the minimum elevator inspection checklist. These include car buffers, counterweight buffers, overspeed governors, slack-rope devices, and stand-by power operation. Proper documentation needs to be maintained in accordance with local code enforcement.
Elevator Location: Impact on Elevator Lighting and Material
The amount of space available for the elevator shaft typically determines how much lighting is required inside and outside the elevator cabin. Because an elevator system voices your brand if you’re a business, your elevator cabin must be able to project the image you wish people to see. This, in turn, determines the material you use in designing the elevator shell. For example, a steel elevator shell denotes a solid, strong image. A wooden panel may denote a more open structure and flamboyance in character. Lighting and material used also have a symbiotic relationship. Certain quantities and colors of light will look better if a certain texture of material is used in elevator interior design.
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