New York Vertical Lift wins POM

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Congratulations to David Jones, Steve Metras and the rest of the fine people at Victory Lifts. Their submission of photos from the Ogdensburg Public Library has earned them the Garaventa Lift Project of the Month for November, 2016.

ogdensburg-public-library-4It is an interesting application. The enclosure design was expanded to include the entire upper landing of an adjacent stairway. This allows for passengers to travel safely in comfort in a region where winter weather can be harsh.

Interstingly, the area was also where Nazi fighter pilot Franz Xaver Baron von Werra landed in a rowboat after apparently being the only Axis prisoner of war to ever escape Canadian custody. It happened in 1940 during WWII. He eventually made it back to Germany in 1941 via the USA, Mexico, South America and Spain. It is also the only US port on the great St. Lawrence River.

 

Lift for Watergate Hotel is Sept POM

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We are very pleased to announce the Garaventa Lift Project of the Month for September, 2016 – the X3 Inclined Platform Lift installation at the famous Watergate Hotel in Washington, DC. After a $125 million, nine-year renovation, the hotel reopened recently.

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X3 Wheelchair Lift

“No need to break in,” its room key cards read—a nod to the infamous scandal of the Nixon administration that led to the president’s resignation. Originally designed by Italian architect Luigi Moretti in 1961 to look like a sail on the Potomac, the hotel has been vacant since 2007. Its current owners tapped Israeli designer Ron Arad and Italian designer Moroso to update the architecture and restore some of hotel’s original structures, like the staircase and indoor pool. Mad Men costume designer Janie Bryant designed the employee uniforms.

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Thank you to Will Cromwell of Bedco Mobility in Baltimore for submitting the photos. The installation itself was more involved than what it might look like from the photos. The wall, you see, has a marble facade which will not bear any load. So the lift is actually attached to steel support posts behind the marble. The result is a clean-looking example of a custom-colored X3 Inclined Platform Lift installed at a pretty cool hotel. As proof of it’s coolness, the walls of the lobby bar are made from actual whisky bottles – nice.

Historic Napa installation wins June POM for Hankin

Garaventa provides accessibility to historic Napa residence.

Garaventa provides accessibility to historic Napa residence.

Congratulations to Hankin Specialty Elevator. Their submission of photos from the Murphy House in Napa, California has earned them the Garaventa Lift Project of the Month for June, 2016. The Murphy House is a majestic residence and a cornerstone historic building in Napa, California. The Napa valley is a gorgeous region in California famous for vineyards and wineries.

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Lower Landing Door

A Genesis Shaftway vertical platform lift provides visitors with ADA-compliant accessibility between floors. The lift is finished in the standard colors of champagne anodized aluminum framing and satin grey powder coated sheet steel panels. Garaventa power door operators are included on both the lower door and upper gate.

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Upper Landing Gate