Congratulations to Adam Bey, Henry Handel, Tony Bey and the rest of the gang at Handel & Sons Elevator of Kent, Ohio. Their submission of photos from the historic Garfield Building in Downtown Cleveland has earned them their first Garaventa Lift Project of the Month. The Garfield Building was built in 1898, and is so named because the edifice was built by the two sons of President James Garfield. In 2015, the building was in the news again as chunks of the decorative exterior fell off and smashed in to a parked Toyota minivan. Thankfully, nobody was injured. Since then, it has undergone extensive renovations and is now an upscale multi-unit residential building.
The application showcases a very common accessibility solution where the floor-to-floor travel distance is less than five feet. The product used is a Garaventa Genesis Opal, model GVL-OP-42. The lift is floor-mounted with an autofold ramp at the lower landing for access to the platform. The lower landing call station is located clear of the door swing to make it easy to use. It is the standard color of satin grey along with champagne anodized aluminum components.
The lift is also equipped with several optional features, including laminated glass panels in both gates, powered gate operators, braille push buttons, courtesy lights and a hands-free emergency telephone.