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 MODERNIZATION

Elevator door

Metro Elevator designs modernization strategies to fit each client's unique needs, whether it's a complete or phased modernization. Our team works alongside property owners and facility managers to design a schedule that mitigates disruptions to building operations and patrons. 

At Metro Elevator, we complete projects on time and on budget.

WHAT IS ELEVATOR MODERNIZATION?

Full elevator modernization means updating the key parts of the elevator to improve safety, performance, reliability, energy efficiency and, often, aesthetics. Based on budget and client preference, it may or may not include updating the elevator cab interior. With a phased modernization, you can update critical elevator components over time, starting with the most urgent need first.

Each full modernization project is different based on the age and condition of the elevator’s key components. An elevator modernization generally involves replacing the following:

  • Controller – controls all elevator functions, the “brains” of the elevator

  • Fixtures – car operating panel, hall fixtures, buttons, lighting

  • Door equipment – door operator, roller guides, tracks, all of which enable smooth opening and closing (most elevator shutdowns are door related)

  • Elevator machine – the motor that drives the elevator

  • Suspension means – hoist cables for traction elevators or power unit (and sometimes jack/cylinder) for hydraulic elevators

  • Safety system – for example, sensors that monitor car speed (governor) and position, as well as infrared door protection

Sometimes elevators just need a face lift, called a cab renovation. A cab renovation may include upgrading the following:

  • Doors (either inside the cab, facing the hallway, or both)

  • Lighting

  • Call buttons

  • Cab flooring

  • Ceiling panels

  • Wall panels

WHEN SHOULD I MODERNIZE MY ELEVATOR?

Elevator modernization is primarily driven by the elevator age, although changing safety codes can also factor into when you should modernize. Elevators typically have the following life spans:

Hydraulic

Elevators

20-25 YEARS

Overhead Traction Elevators 

30 YEARS

Machine Room-Less Elevators

20 YEARS

As an elevator nears the end of its life span, we typically see an increasing number of service calls and extended downtime due to difficulty obtaining spare parts. Along with the costs associated with these factors, is a growing risk to passenger safety. Facility managers can minimize these end-of-life impacts by proactively planning to modernize.

WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF MODERNIZING?

After modernizing an elevator, you will experience:

  • Improved reliability and less downtime

  • Improved passenger safety

  • Decreased repair costs

  • More availability of spare parts

  • Decreased operational costs due to improved energy efficiency

  • Improved property value

 

Your riders will enjoy:

  • Shorter wait times

  • Shorter travel times

  • Improved riding comfort

WHAT DOES IT COST TO MODERNIZE?

There are many variables that factor into the cost of a modernization. Variables include:

  • Project Scope – Is it a complete modernization or a phased modernization? A full modernization costs more up front, while a phased modernization costs more over time as components are purchased separately.

  • Building Scope - In addition to the elevator itself, the project may require upgrades to the fire alarm system, electrical panel, or HVAC systems. 

  • Building Location - Labor rates vary greatly from location to location.

  • Number of Stops - Taller buildings require more stops which can significantly impact the cost of a modernization. 

Keeping these variables in mind, the cost of an elevator modernization can range from $250,000 to over $1 million per elevator for a high-rise building. 

HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO MODERNIZE?

The amount of time it takes to modernize an elevator varies greatly based on the type of equipment, specification detail and number of stops. For example, a 2-5 stop hydraulic elevator can take up to 12 weeks to complete. However, an elevator in a high-rise building may take up to 6 months. Depending on the entire project scope and number of elevators that need to be modernized, it may take up to 2 years for a fully completed project. 

Before modernization work can begin there is an extensive planning process that occurs. The planning process is determined by the specific facility and can vary based on labor, budgeting and permitting. Key milestones of an elevator modernization include:

WHY CHOOSE METRO ELEVATOR
FOR YOUR MODERNIZATION PROJECT?

At Metro Elevator, we have the expertise to determine the right-sized approach to modernizing your elevator. We pride ourselves on being good stewards of your money and have no interest in selling you a component you don’t need. Our dedicated project managers will remain in constant communication with you to keep the project running smoothly. Most importantly, as an independent company, we hand-pick our mechanics for their efficiency and work quality.

Each of our Metro Elevator locations is locally operated, which means someone picks up the phone when you call us. We work quickly to meet your needs and provide exceptional customer service. With Metro, you’re not just another contract.

First Class Reputation

Our 99% customer retention rate speaks for itself. Our “Exceptional” CPARS scores across all categories demonstrate our dedication to exceptional customer service. 

CONTACT ONE OF OUR LOCAL DIVISIONS TO LEARN MORE OR SCHEDULE A FREE CONSULATION

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