Hankin’s D Hotel in Las Vegas Named Garaventa Lift Project of the Month

The overpass to the D Hotel in Las Vegas has a new Garaventa Genesis Enclosure wheelchair lift located adjacent to the stairs. The D Hotel, renovated in 2012, originally opened as the Sundance Hotel in 1980 but the owner was a mobster, so the local authorities made him use his minions to run the place. In 1983, the minions were charged with skimming. The mobster, a guy named Moe Dalitz, applied to take over running it himself, but the Gaming Commission stalled until he was persuaded to sell.

After a couple more owners and names, the hotel was sold to the current owners, Derek and Greg Stevens, in 2011. The renovated hotel now features The Longbar, reportedly the longest bar in the State of Nevada.

This installation was completed by Hankin Specialty Elevator. Congratulations to Neil, Brian, Dave and the rest of the crew. Thank you for submitting photos.

overpass Lower Landing door upper landing gate closed

4th Annual Give A Kid A Lift Named Garaventa Lift Project of the Month for September 2014

Today, we celebrate the 4th annual Give A Kid A Lift installation by naming this year’s project as the Garaventa Lift Project of the Month for September 2014. As always, the primary sponsors are Canwest Elevator & Lifts,  Garaventa Lift and Easter Seals. This year, Enhance Your Home Renovations has stepped up as the general contractor.

Wilfredo Aleman Jr.

Wilfredo Aleman Jr.

Each year, Easter Seals chooses a recipient who would benefit greatly from the installation of a new lift. The rest of the sponsors pitch in with fund-raising, time and/or materials to make it happen.

This year’s recipient is 16 year-old Wilfredo Aleman, who was born in Colombia with cerebral palsy. This was extremely challenging. Through sponsorship from Maple Leaf Foods, the family was able to move to Canada. Eventually, they settled in Calgary, where they have been welcomed by the community and the support network available to Wilftredo.

Wilfredo’s mother, Sofia, expresses her gratitude, “…now he doesn’t have a worry because thanks to (the sponsors) he can move freely in the house. Once again thanks and many blessings to Easter Seals, Canwest Elevator & Lifts, Enhance Your Home Renovations, Garaventa Lift and especially to all of the volunteers who donated their knowledge, their time and their work for my son to have a better future.”IMG_1948 IMG_1946

Maryland’s Hosanna Community House Named Garaventa Lift Project of the Month for July

Congratulations to Bedco Mobility of Baltimore for their submission of photos from the historic Hosanna Community House in Darlington, Maryland.

The building has an interesting story. It was one of the first schools built for the recently-freed African-Americans in former slave-holding states. By 1907, it was so run down that it was actually condemned for use as a school. Regardless, it was somehow still used as a school for African-American children for another 38 years. It has seen many repairs over the years, and now it is completely restored and functions as a museum, preserving the structure and it’s history for future generations. Find out more about it at http://www.hosannaschoolmuseum.org/

An Xpress II Inclined Platform Wheechair Lift has recently been added to the outside stairway to provide ADA-compliant, barrier-free accessibility.

 

Xpress II Inclined Platform Wheelchair Lift with optional vinyl cover

Xpress II Inclined Platform Wheelchair Lift with optional vinyl cover

An Xpress II Inclined Platform Lift, unfolded and ready to board

An Xpress II Inclined Platform Lift, unfolded and ready to board

An Xpress II Inclined Platform Wheelchair Lift installed on the narrow back stairs of a historic building in Maryland

An Xpress II Inclined Platform Wheelchair Lift installed on the narrow back stairs of a historic building in Maryland