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

Illinois Wheelchair Lift Named POM

Our Project of the Month for November features a small open vertical platform lift installed at the Morton Grove Public Library in Morton Grove, Illinois.The library has been in operation for the past 75 years, starting as a book exchange where they threw all of the books in a big barrel for readers to sort through.

New lift offers ADA accessibility

Wheelchair lift at Morton Grove Public Library

The lift showcases a creative solution for fastening the lifting mechanism (mast). In this case, custom towers were fabricated to provide the structural support. The lift has a 90 degree entry/exit configuration, an auto-fold ramp for the lower landing and power operated gates.

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Wheelchair lift at Morton Grove Public Library

 

 

 

 

 

The area has a very interesting history. Back in the late 1920’s and early 1930’s, it was well-known as a destination for illegal gambling. The area had many roadhouses, and perhaps the most famous was The Dells, supposedly run by Al Capone and his gang, just down the street from where the library now sits.