Woman’s Accessibility Needs Prompt July POM for GUSA New England

Wheelchair Lift

Congratulations to Mike Doyle and the rest of the folks at Garaventa USA in New England. Their care and dedication has allowed a Boston woman to regain some of her freedom and independence. This installation occurred in spite of several obstacles, including a very tight time line. That is why this project has been named the Garaventa Lift Project of the Month for July, 2016.

Because the lower landing of the lift is a public sidewalk, and because we needed to attach the lift to the brickwork, three variances were required from the State of Massachusetts. Often, this kind of red tape can delay a project for weeks, months or indefinitely. However, Susan Kron, the lift user and a woman who has been diagnosed with terminal ALS, had Mike Doyle of Garaventa Lift in her corner.195 botolph

Mr. Doyle is a long-time professional sales representative with Garaventa USA in New England. He worked diligently with the State to present the case for the variances. He worked with the factory in Surrey to accelerate the manufacturing process.

In his words, the lift, “allows Mrs Kron in her remaining days to get out of the house, to the doctor or simply to smell the flowers. As everyone on this end knows I became e a little bit attached to the project and specifically the cause as it and she became near and dear to my heart…I like to think this is what we are all about, helping those in need.”

195 St. Botolph (2) cropFor her part, Susan appreciates the effort. In a message to Mike after the lift installation was completed, she wrote, “Dear Mike, I wanted to let you know that the lift is fantastic. Thank you so much for all you did to usher us through the maze of regulations and rules. Being able to get out and about again means the world to me, and we couldn’t have done it without you.”

 

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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

Hawaiian Vertical Lift named POM

HUOC1A recent installation of a vertical lift at The Hawaiian United Okinawa Association Center in Waipahu, Hawaii has been named the Garaventa Lift Project of the Month for April, 2016.

The Association has an interesting history. It is a large organization of over 40, 000 members and acts as an umbrella group for 50 member clubs statewide.HUOC3 The Association, formed in 1951, played an important role in the Okinawa recovery efforts following the Second World War by sending clothes, livestock and other essentials. In fact, Okinawa (Japan’s southernmost island) was governed by the United States military from the end of WWII to 1972, when it was returned to Japan. During this time, The United Okinawan Association was acknowledged as the official representative of the Okinawan people in Hawaii.

The member clubs of the HUOA are made up of people whose ancestors immigrated to Hawaii from Okinawa. The aim of the Association is to, “preserve, perpetuate and promote the culture of Okinawa.”