The may project of the month has been chosen! This project comes to us courtesy of Mike Crumpton of Garaventa Lift Alabama. This is one of those unique projects that really expands the range of stylistic possibilities of what a lift can look like to overcome client concerns about a lift fitting in with their location’s aesthetic.
The customized lift is a perfect fit for its surroundings, located in the new Cook Museum of Natural Science in Decatur, Alabama, near the city of Huntsville.
The project is a Hydraulic 10’ Genesis Shaftway with two-floor stops. Each entry features Garaventa Lift doors that have been textured and painted to look like weathered wood – and the doors themselves have been exquisitely framed.
Adding to the effect are small details like specially moulded door handles made to look like branches, and Power Door Operators made to look like they are a block of wood.
The entire upper floor of the shaftway has been made to look like an old shack, perfect for its wild, mountainous surroundings.
The lower floor exits out into a hallway, again keeping stylistically consistent with the surrounding museum.
The museum’s roots can be traced back to 1968, it expanded in 1980, closed in 2016, and has now had a grand re-opening in June 2019 marking the culmination of 50-year vision in the making with a state-of-the-art natural science museum that provides a hands-on, immersive experience where kids can explore, interact with, and learn about nature.
If you are visiting Alabama be sure to stop by to visit the museum and check out the lift!