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Elevator Installation Crippling Uncle Sam

If you think elevators are needed in a two story building, then you will definitely see the need for them in a floating city. The USS Gerald R. Ford is a 12.9 billion dollar, 25 deck, 250 foot from keel to mainmast aircraft carrier with contingent of 6000+ sailors and aircrew; literally making it a floating city. It is one of the biggest and costliest warship ever built. This massive behemoth even has 11 elevators for moving ammo up and down. But there is one big problem.

170408-N-WZ792-198 NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (April 8, 2017) The future USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) underway on its own power for the first time. The first-of-class ship — the first new U.S. aircraft carrier design in 40 years — will spend several days conducting builder’s sea trials, a comprehensive test of many of the ship’s key systems and technologies. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Ridge Leoni/Released)

Nine of the eleven elevators don’t work! Some are not even installed. Talk about dead in the water.

During its shakedown phase (not to be confused with a Shakedown Cruise, the song ruined that phrase forever) even this cutting edge war machine was having some fits and starts.

At first, the hope was to complete elevator installation and testing of all 11 before the Ford was delivered with at least half of the elevators certified for operation. Instead, according to Bloomberg News,

“‘[T]he vessel won’t have all the elevators installed — much less functioning’ According to Luria, a 20-year Navy surface warfare officer whose served on two aircraft carriers and as shore maintenance coordinator for a third. ‘Essentially, the ship can’t deploy,’ Luria said. ‘It can’t carry ammunition.’ She said went on to say that the elevators don’t meet code.

If only the Navy knew about modular elevators they wouldn’t be left high and dry! Typically, our elevators are manufactured in eight weeks once the drawings are approved and they install in one week. Of course we don’t really have our sea legs and the capacity is probably well outside of our capabilities. Ammo is extremely heavy. But, we are as patriotic as the next company so we would be willing to come aboard and give it a try.

All kidding aside the real point is that elevators are complex pieces of equipment and unless you are putting one in a nuclear aircraft carrier it is usually the largest moving object in a building. So we have real empathy for the folks in the Navy and salute their efforts for our country! And when you need an elevator that installs in a week (not in an aircraft carrier), consult our team of experts we won’t steer you wrong.

But, here is one last suggestion. We know it is bad luck to rename a ship once christened but maybe the Navy should consider renaming this one Edsel instead of Ford.

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Three Stooges to PME – History of Modular Elevators

6a00d8341c5fc853ef01348883d390970c-450wiModular buildings have been around longer than you think. In the United States, Sears started offering their version of modular in the form of self-contained kits in 1908. These are often claimed as “modular” but in reality, they were an all inclusive truck loads of parts and boards pre-cut for specifically purchased plans.

This unique style of home building is forever immortalized by the Three Stooges in “The Sit Downers” where the Stooges attempt to build one of these homes for their new brides (be patient the home arrives 7 minutes in). Larry sums up the Stooge’s problems with the pre-cut lumber when he exclaims, “There’s nothing ready cut about these houses every board is too long.” So much for Sears’ foray into modular. Get the rest of the history here. 

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Tough Love – Time for Elevator Biz to Grow Up

Button PushWe all have that moment when we need to hear the truth: to ignore it means growth will cease and improvements halt.  When it comes to elevators, that time for truth is now and so we need to dish out some tough love. Often times we associate “tough love” with teen angst and pimply, overwrought middle-school students, but as it applies to our industry as well as the elevator business, it is at a crossroad. As an industry, vertical transportation sits astride two differing paths and it is time for a sober conversation, not hyperbole and not blind to truth.

That crossroad is between the old fashioned stick-built method of elevators or the more modern modular elevators and whether modular ultimately makes sense for all low to mid-rise elevator applications. Should modular elevators be the first choice? Get the answer here!

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Piecing it all together

Puzzle FinalBy Russ Ward

My mother loved doing jigsaw puzzles. The more difficult the better, as far as she was concerned. These puzzles became family projects that we all worked on, especially in the winter while we were cooped up in the house on snowy days.

My mom was no novice of puzzle completion and had a strictly adhered to plan in putting them together that made a lot of sense: start with turning all of the pieces to the picture side and then find all of the corners. From there, the rest of the edge pieces were found and put into to place, making an outline of the picture. The rest of the puzzle, one piece at a time, would then follow.

Construction, especially with modular components, is its own kind of puzzle…Find out how modular can help with the puzzle of construction projects.

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Office Spaces wants a Phoenix Modular Elevator.

Nationally Televised Program to Feature Phoenix Modular Elevator

office-spacesMt. Vernon, IL/August 4, 2016 – A nationally broadcast television program will feature Phoenix Modular Elevator (PME). Television producers for Office Spaces™, a program on Lifetime® Television and airing  on Fox Business channel, contacted the Mount Vernon, Illinois, company. They made arrangements for videotaping the production and placement of one of their modular elevators.

The producers were looking for an elevator product to be featured in a current building project that would install quickly and meet the Americans with Disabilities Act regulations. Production and installation will begin filming in late summer or early fall and will be broadcast near the end of the year.

Office Spaces is solutions oriented and reveals the step-by-step transformation of an office space.  The program features various products and services used in the transformation and illustrate how they fit in as part of a major renovation of an office building. It is hosted by combined-fox-lifetime-smallKalyn Rothaus, a commercial interior designer for the building project, as well as the project manager.

Kalyn and her team have already transformed much of the interior of the building project; however, transportation to the second floor was still needed – until she found Phoenix. “I am excited to be working with PME for Season Two of Office Spaces! My design challenge is to create ease of access to the second level for all employees with a cost effective solution. When I came across PME, I knew that they had exactly what I was looking for. I am excited to learn more about modular elevators and have my client benefit from a modular solution!”

PME is thrilled to be one of the featured brands for this renovation and looks forward to showing viewers how modular elevators are the safest, easiest and most cost-effective solution for vertical transportation needs.

PME is a Mt. Vernon, Illinois, elevator manufacturer that produces high-quality, commercial modular elevators that are comprised of a steel hoistway with the elevator car and components completely pre-wired and installed inside. This makes PME elevators the fastest installing elevator available. The units are found across the United States and Canada and used in schools, universities, hotels, stadiums, amusement parks, office buildings, government buildings and churches. Phoenix Modular Elevator has been constructing modular elevators since 1995.

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Winning Without a Trophy

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Basis Independent School – Brooklyn, NY

Every year, the Modular Building Institute at the World of Modular Convention gives Awards of Distinction to modular builders for outstanding building projects in various categories. Phoenix Modular Elevator (PME) would like to congratulate all of the winners and participants at this year’s event held March 17 – 20, 2016, in San Diego, California.

Although PME did not walk away with any hardware, we were thrilled to see three of our customers nominated for their excellent work in the Permanent Modular Education category.

First place in the category was the Basis Independent School, located in the Red Hook neighborhood of Brooklyn, New York. Built by repeat customer NRB, it is seven stories high and has over 100,000 square feet. PME produced an interior seven-story traction elevator for the school, and we are proud to have been a part of this fabulous looking project.

Meehleis Modular Buildings is the powerhouse company behind the other two entrants. They built Nesbit Elementary School and Ralston Middle School, both located in Belmont, California. Each of the schools are two stories and contain holeless hydraulic elevators produced by PME. These are exceptional examples that illustrate how modular elevators can be integrated into a great design.

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Nesbit Elementary – Belmont, CA

Although PME did not win a trophy, we are proud to be a part of successful modular building projects. Again, congratulations to all of the winners and a successful World of Modular Convention and Tradeshow!

 

 

 

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Phoenix Modular Elevator Certified as a Woman Business Enterprise

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Allison Allgaier – Owner

January 13, 2016/Mount Vernon, IL – Phoenix Modular Elevator (PME) has now been certified as a business owned and operated by a woman by the National Women Business Owners Corporation. The purpose of the certification program is to increase the ability of PME to compete for more contracts on a national level.  The certification also means that PME is now an eligible Woman Owned Small Business (WOSB) for the WOSB Program through the Small Business Administration.

Due to the approval Phoenix will now get consideration in government building projects and building projects for private enterprises that seek out women owned businesses as contractors and subcontractors.

“This certification will provide PME with additional opportunities regarding potential customers and contracts in both the private sector and the government sector. That is what we find most important about the certification. It will help ensure continued growth for the business.” Says Allison Allgaier, PME President.

Phoenix Modular Elevator produces high quality, commercial elevators that are comprised of a steel hoistway with the elevator car and components installed inside and completely prewired. This makes Phoenix Modular Elevators the fastest installing elevators available.

The units are factory built and shipped across the United States and Canada for use in schools, universities, hotels, stadiums, amusement parks, office buildings, government buildings and churches. Phoenix Modular Elevator is a Mount Vernon, Illinois business and has been constructing modular elevators since 1995, with hundreds installed throughout North America.

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