Elevator Modernization is the upgrade of an elevator’s critical parts so it can withstand new technology, be more efficient and have a more modern look.
Building owners, property managers or anyone responsible for the maintenance of a property’s elevator will eventually need to consider an elevator modernization.
Due to need for this upgrade, we have been asked many questions over the years.
- Why does Elevator Modernization need to be done?
- Is Elevator Modernization part of a new or existing code, rule or legislation?
- Who can help with Elevator Modernization?
In response, we have compiled some helpful information to assist in answering your questions and providing some insight regarding this topic.
Why Elevator Modernization?
As a building manager or someone responsible for keeping up with the maintenance of an elevator, Elevator Modernization is something you will have to consider at some point.
There are many reasons for deciding upon modernizing your elevator.
- Tenant Satisfaction
- Marketplace Competitiveness
- Overall Maintenance
It goes without saying that if you have an outdated elevator, you are definitely a candidate for a replacement.
Your decision to modernize comes with benefits, such as,
- Improved Reliability
- Improved Efficiency
- Aesthetically Pleasing
Whatever your reason, there are other things to consider before proceeding in your modernization
Is Elevator Modernization A New or Existing Code, Rule or Legislation?
It’s not a new legislation, rule or code.
It comes from the 1996 edition of the American Society of Mechanical Engineering section AMSE- A17.3 “SAFETY CODE FOR EXISTING ELEVATORS AND ESCALATORS”.
The A17.3-1996 code has been an adopted standard in Florida since late 2006 and has been actively enforced since 2008.
What this means is that in the near future your elevator may be require to undergo some minor or major upgrades.
Once you’ve made your decision to proceed with modernizing your elevator, it is important to consult with the right people.
Who Can Help with Elevator Modernization?
There are consultants in the industry with the expertise to properly assist you with your upgrade.
They’re there to guide you through the process and make recommendations for a successful modernization.
Here are some things to consider,
1 – Enlist a licensed Elevator Consultant before you begin your modernization project.
Unfortunately, during many elevator modernization and upgrade projects, building owners realize they should have contacted a professional consultant.
What are the benefits of contacting an Elevator Consultant?
- They are well-versed in both elevator codes and the associated requirement for any elevator modernization.
- Can take care of all the required electrical work in the Elevator Machine Room and Pit.
- Can guide you through the modernization process successfully. Not seeking the professional expertise of an Elevator Consultant can often lead to problems arising and increased project costs and the inability to meet important project deadlines.
2 – Other Specific contractors will need to be hired to ensure the modernization project is done properly and up-to-code.
- A Mechanical (HVAC) Contractor – they will take care of the required ventilation and cooling requirements in the Elevator Machine Room, along with possible venting requirements for the Elevator Shaft.
- A Fire Alarm Contractor – they will provide connections from the existing or new equipment into Elevator Machine Room. However, this is where the information gets a little blurred depending on who you talk to.
The Fact and Fiction of Elevator Modernization and Fire Equipment
When enlisting the assistance of a Fire Alarm Contractor, it is important to know what you really need for a successful Elevator Modernization.
Do you need to install a building fire alarm system in order to provide the required interface? FICTION
Do you always need to replace and or upgrade the existing building fire alarm system because it’s too “OLD” to interface with the elevator? FICTION
The State of Florida doesn’t allow “Sub Systems” to accomplish the required interface? FICTION
Be prepared and get the facts before you start your project!
As you can see there’s lot that goes into to modernizing an old elevator but you don’t have to do it alone.
Piper Fire Protection Inc. has successfully completed hundreds of state required modernizations over the years.
If you would like a complete onsite survey of your fire alarm system requirements for any potential elevator modernization, contact our Alarm Construction Division.