Congratulations! Phoenix Modular Elevator is building your brand new elevator. However, there are a few things that we need you to do to get ready for the delivery. We understand that buying a commercial, quality, modular elevator is a big step and a big commitment for many, even if you are a design/build firm or investment group.
It is an investment of dollars and time, even if it is the fastest and easiest elevator to install. So, we will do everything we can to make the project go as smoothly as possible. Just keep in mind that there are some things on your end that still have to be done, before it is lowered into place. Here is a list of things that are on your plate regarding the building site as we go forward:
- You need to pour the pit (here are some helpful tips). Before your elevator arrives the pit floor and walls need to be complete including cast-in-place anchor bolts and 2 sets of washers and nuts for each. Don’t worry: we provide the drawings with dimension. We do leave the pit engineering to you, though.
- Make sure the pit is clean. We know it is tempting to leave gravel and cigarette butts in the floor, but everything must be taken out including our templates.
- Dry the pit.
- Cover the sump hole. If a sump pump is required for your elevator, make sure you cover up the hole it will go in with a sturdy, non-combustible material. A metal plate or grate usually does the trick.
- For an elevator with an in-ground jack, get the hole drilled. We will work with you on this if you want and have included an estimate for drilling in the formal quote, but we will not be onsite when they arrive. It is up to you to make sure the casing is installed. The drilling company will be able to take of this for you.
- Also, if an in-ground jack is being used make sure the hole for the jack is covered or capped with a non-combustible material. If the jack is already in place, make sure the area around the elevator’s hydraulic cylinder is capped, again with a non-combustible material.
- Rough openings need to be made at each floor and OSHA compliant barricades need to be installed.
- The machine room slab needs to be poured, if you’re also receiving a PME modular machine room. A level floor needs to be finished including any raceways for electrical power sub-ups. We have drawings available. You are responsible for any engineering regarding the machine room floor.
- Protrusions into the hoistway area need to be cleared. Anything that will get in the way of an elevator being craned into place needs to be removed. That means that if sprinkler lines are to be run, it should take place after the elevator installation is complete.
- Schedule the crane and crew. Part of the installation involves riggers and operators. Make sure everyone that is needed onsite for the big day is scheduled. We have rigging information available online.
- Access to the roof of the elevator is required. This means either building roof access or a personnel lift. The reason is so you will be able to remove the rigging once the elevator is uprighted.
- Storage: If the on-site machine room is not completed by the installation date, a secure storage area must be provided. We gotta put all the stuff that makes an elevator run somewhere before the installation is completed and the inspection takes place.
It is important to make sure all of these are complete so the installation goes as smoothly as possible. Don’t feel like you are on your own, though! We will help as much as we can and point you in the right directions, and, of course, all of this information can also be found online.
If you would like to find out more about a modular solution, feel free to contact us at your convenience. If you have a project in mind and would like some figures click the button below.