Introduction: In the lifecycle of every building, there comes a time when even the most reliable elevators reach the end of their service life. At BH Elevator Consultants Inc., we recognize that an elevator is more than just a means of transportation within a building; it is a vital component of the building’s functionality and plays a huge part in any emergencies that may occur. There’s no question that the elevators become the most important amenity in a Building when they are not working.

 When the time comes for an elevator replacement, it is not just about installing new equipment, it is about upgrading the building’s heart and ensuring its smooth operation for years to come. Our guide aims to provide an in-depth understanding of the process, the challenges, and the strategic solutions to manage a lift replacement effectively.

Understanding the Need for Replacement: Elevators, particularly those over 20 years old, are prone to frequent breakdowns due to electrical or mechanical failures. The older the lift, the harder it becomes to find replacement parts, especially for discontinued models. The duration of an outage can vary significantly, from a few days to several months, depending on the equipment’s age, availability of components, and the complexity of manufacturing and installing new parts.

Impact on Building Occupants: The inconvenience caused by an out-of-service elevator affects residents differently, depending on their designated floor. The Owners’ Committee (OC) or the Corporation’s Board of Directors (BOD) must plan strategically to mitigate the risks associated with elevator failures and in doing so, ensure that overall safety is not compromised.

Strategies for Single Elevator Buildings: In buildings with only one elevator, a well-planned replacement project can minimize inconvenience. Our experience at BH Elevator Consultants Inc. shows that with proper planning and clear communication, the need for relocating residents is rare. Key elements include a detailed project plan, clear specifications, and strict adherence to workplace health and safety standards. We always recommend complete project management to ensure all schedules are adhered to with respect to all Contractors that are involved.

Owners Committee Checklist – Planning for Replacement:

  • Timely Communication: Effective communication goes beyond just informing residents about the replacement schedule. It involves engaging with them, understanding their concerns, and providing regular updates on the project’s progress. Our team recommends the use of Virtual communication in order to satisfy and address all of the concerns.  By providing Residents with updates and feedback to their questions, communication is key.

  • Support Services: We advise arranging for assistance with groceries and waste management. Be mindful of implications for public liability insurance.
  • Staircase and Evacuation Preparedness: Ensure staircases meet current standards and communicate emergency evacuation procedures effectively.
  • Progress Updates: Regularly display project schedules in communal areas to reduce frequent inquiries.
  • Additional Services: Consider arranging pet walking services and doorstep food delivery.

For buildings with multiple elevators:

  • Obtain critical spare parts from the removed elevator in order to support the remaining operational elevators until final completion.
  • Increase routine maintenance on the operational elevator.

Benefits of Elevator Replacement:

  • Compliance with latest standards, safety codes, and accessibility laws.
  • Immediate increase in property value and appeal to a broader market.
  • Resetting the elevator’s lifecycle for another 20 years, with reduced capital expenditure for the next 10-15 years.
  • Enhanced performance and aesthetics.
  • One-year free service warranty (usually included in the Lump Sum modernization fee), reduced maintenance costs, and fewer disruptions.
  • Improved energy efficiency and reliability.

Post-Installation Support: BH Elevator Consultants Inc. provides comprehensive post-installation support to ensure the new system operates flawlessly. This includes establishing a routine Maintenance Control Program (MCP), regular performance audits and being available for any queries or concerns that might arise post-installation.

Conclusion: Without a meticulously crafted plan, elevator replacement can be a daunting and costly endeavor. BH Elevator Consultants Inc. specializes in guiding Property Owners through this critical phase. Our expertise ensures that your investment in elevator replacement is managed efficiently, reducing both cost and inconvenience.

Contact Us: For an obligation-free consultation, contact BH Elevator Consultants Inc. Today AT 647-961-4984. Let us assist you in making this essential transition as seamless as possible for your Building and its Residents.

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