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.
Our congratulations and appreciation go out to Tom Sena, Neil Hankin, Brian Trueman, David Lair and the rest of the great team at Hankin Specialty Elevator of Rancho Cordova, California. Their submission of photos from a new business park in South San Francisco, California has earned them another Garaventa Lift Project of the Month, this one for November, 2017.
The installation is a beautiful example of modern accessibility to a open mezzanine area using a Genesis Enclosure vertical platform wheelchair lift. The lift is a fully code-compliant accessibility solution, easy to use and practical. The model being used is a Genesis Enclosure GVL-EN-144, mounted in a 3″ pit to allow for level access at the lower landing. Everything about the lift is pretty standard, except that the architect chose to have the lift painted an optional RAL color (RAL 9003).
This month, we are sending our appreciation and support to Handi-Lift Inc. of Carlstadt, New Jersey. Congratulations to Bob Grigorov, James Boydston and the rest of the great professionals at Handi-Lift. Their installation of a LULA Elevator at the Mediterraneo restaurant in White Plains, NY has earned them the Garaventa Lift Project of the Month for October, 2017.
The elevator is a three-stop unit installed right in the middle of this new modern and upscale restaurant. It is a very impressive installation. The location of the elevator within the establishment ensures it is seen as an architectural centerpiece. The elevator was supplied with a custom-colored aluminum and glass enclosure by Garaventa. The elevator cab is also aluminum and glass.
The top landing is connected to the top seating area by a beautiful catwalk. The view from this area is spectacular, since all of the exterior walls are made from tinted glass panels.