There comes a time in the vertical transportation life cycle when it no longer makes financial sense to invest in hard-to-find spare parts and expensive service calls. With lifespans of about 30 years for an overhead traction elevator, 20 years for an escalator, and 15 years or fewer for a machine room-less elevator, your existing elevator or escalator may be nearing the end of its useful life.
Developing a modernization plan can be key to avoiding service disruptions, decreasing energy consumption, and increasing passenger safety. Throughout the modernization process, Gannett Fleming evaluates current technology, systems, and integration design against these criteria:
- Functionality best suited to a client’s needs and pedestrian traffic patterns.
- Design flexibility and expansion capacity to accommodate new and future technologies.
- Total cost-effectiveness.
- Related building systems and design issues.