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 profiling a beautiful Genesis Opal vertical lift. It is installed prominently at the new Wolf Restaurant in Oakland, California. The Genesis Opal provides an ADA-compliant accessibility solution. Wheelchair users and other members of the public who have difficulty using stairs will be able to utilize it.
In this case, the Opal is used at the front entrance to the restaurant because the main entrance is located above grade. This is a very common accessibility problem. The lift is a good solution because it takes up much less room than a switchback ramp. It is also easier to use for people in wheelchairs. The owners opted to include a beautiful, ornate steel gate at the entrance. The gate blocks off the lift after hours, protecting it from misuse or vandalism. The gate and the lift were painted to match.