Elevators are small spaces with big needs. From code compliance to safety requirements, there are a number of complex issues involved with an elevator cab project. Discussing these issues in detail and maintaining regular communication with your elevator interiors contractor throughout the cab fabrication and installation process is key to a successful outcome.
From managing expectations to avoiding unpleasant surprises, communication is critical. Here are four ways good communication reduces common frustrations and benefits your elevator interior project.
1. Good communication keeps your passengers safe.
There is perhaps no other part of your facility where safety is more paramount than your elevators. It doesn’t matter how stunning your wall panels are or how much money you saved using that low-bid contractor if your elevator isn’t safe to ride.
When designing an elevator interior, every detail matters. As you select the materials for your cab, you need to consider everything from weight to fire rating. Marble or stone floors, for example, can be extremely heavy and will limit the weight your elevator can carry, while improper lighting can lead to trips and falls. An experienced elevator interiors company will go over your options with you and help you understand which materials best meet the needs of your cab.
2. Good communication keeps you compliant.
Compliance codes for elevators are extensive—and for good reason. If elevator cabs aren’t designed, fabricated and installed correctly, they can be unsafe or even dangerous. ASME A17.1, developed by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, is the accepted standard regarding the design, building, installation, operation, inspection, testing, maintenance, repair and alteration of elevators, but you also have to consider Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) guidelines as well as local and state requirements.
The code compliance process for elevators can be daunting. You don’t just have to ensure your elevator meets all required codes; you have to obtain work permits, schedule inspections, and complete endless applications and forms. A qualified elevator interiors company will walk you through the process step by step and help you ensure your elevators are up to code.
3. Good communication keeps your project on schedule.
Being without an elevator can be a minor nuisance or a major hassle, depending on the needs of your facility. Whether your elevator cab is in need of a total renovation or a smaller upgrade like new handrails, you have to plan for the associated downtime to ensure minimal impact on daily operations.
The right elevator interiors company will take the stress out of the situation by keeping you informed every step of the way, from the initial consultation to the final walk-through. You will know what stage of the process your cab is in on any given day and what to expect next. You’ll never have to pick up the phone to ask the status of your project, and if complications should arise, you’ll be the first to know.
4. Good communication keeps your project on budget.
Facility managers often have tight budgets with little wiggle room. There’s nothing more frustrating than finding out that the cost of a project has far exceeded the estimate, especially if the cause wasn’t an unexpected complication or event but simple human error.
When selecting an elevator interiors company, you want to find a company with decades of experience, a thorough onboarding process, and an obsessive eye for detail. You should receive a detailed proposal that clearly spells out all costs and fees. Don’t be afraid to ask for regular budget updates and speak up if you have any concerns along the way.
At The Elevated Cab, we pride ourselves on our honest, open and ongoing communication. We take the time to listen to your needs and truly understand your situation so we can provide the service you deserve and complete your elevator cab project on time and on budget. If you’re ready to elevate your expectations, give us a call today at (844) 700-0770.