25 Years of the ADA


RFQ from 1979

On July 26th, the Americans with Disabilities Act turned 25 years old. When it was initially enacted in 1990, it was a watershed moment in the world of designing spaces for use by the public and for the advancement of barrier-free accessibility.

Garaventa Lifts were already available over ten years before the ADA was enacted. Before federal legislation required barrier-free solutions, Garaventa was there, pioneers in “Creating An Accessible World”.

Shown is correspondence from Wes Jones in 1979, inquiring about a wheelchair lift. Wes is still a dealer for Garaventa Lift, 36 years later. Wes leads the team at Lift-Aids, Inc. of Euless, Texas, one of 15 Top Perfomers for Garaventa Lift in 2014.


June POM goes to Handi-Lift

Congratulations to Handi-Lift of Carlstadt, New Jersey for capturing the Garaventa Lift Project of the Month for June, 2015. Their installation of a Genesis Enclosure at The Chema Community Center in Yonkers showcases the lift in it’s standard color scheme, solving a common accessibility problem. The Chema Center opened it’s doors in March, 1974, well before the enactment of the ADA. They subsequently added a Chaney vertical lift sometime in the 80’s and have now replaced it with a brand new Genesis.

New Garaventa Lift

New Garaventa Lift

Genesis Enclosure Lower Landing

Genesis Enclosure Lower Landing

Morningstar gains May POM


Garaventa Genesis Opal vertical Platform lift provides ADA accessibility for outdoor music venue in Beaver Creek, Colorado

Congratulations and thanks to Richard Markow of Morningstar Elevator in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Their submission of photos from a recent installation has gained them the Garaventa Lift Project of the Month for May, 2014.

The lift is a custom-colored Genesis Opal installed at the Avon-Beaver Creek Outdoor Music Center near spectacular Vail, Colorado.