One-of-a-Kind Elevator Installation
Elevator Services, LLC brings an innovative modular elevator solution to Wisconsin
In 2010, Cheryl and Scott Peterson found that there was a critical need for an elevator repair and maintenance company that not only provided affordable services, but one that came with great customer service and personal attention for commercial applications. To fill that void, the couple started Elevator Services, LLC.
The Petersons explain that with Elevator Services, clients get the benefit of its staff’s vast experience. The company’s team of certified, licensed mechanics with over 40 years in the industry are able to tackle whatever issues arise—from routine maintenance and small or large repairs to complete elevator system modernization as well as new elevator installation.
A New High-Tech Solution for Wisconsin
But technical expertise and great customer service aren’t the only things that set the company apart. Not satisfied with the status quo, Elevator Services has recently partnered with Illinois-based manufacturer Phoenix Modular Elevator to offer a whole new solution for its commercial customers. While modular elevator systems have been around for a while, Elevator Services is the only company bringing this high-tech product to the state of Wisconsin.
Cheryl provides a basic overview, stating, “When a traditional elevator is built, first the building is constructed, which includes a concrete hoistway, and then the elevator people come in after the fact … they work inside the confined space of the concrete hoistway, hanging the rails, building the elevator cab. Phoenix does it differently. They build everything in a factory in southern Illinois—the hoistway, elevator cab, machine room, everything—all the components—and then it’s put on a flatbed truck and shipped to the job site before the building is even built. All we need is the elevator pit to be poured.”
“And then,” she continues, “the tower is hoisted into place with a crane and the building is built to the elevator. It can be in the inside of the building, on an outside wall, whatever the design calls for. Once the building has power, we return to complete the wiring and testing of the elevator and turn it over to the owners once it’s been passed by the state. This cuts the time down for the customer—we’re on the job site for a week to three weeks (depending on the type of elevator being installed) instead of six to 12 weeks. It’s saving them money because they’re not building the concrete hoistway, and they don’t have to worry about inclement weather challenges or other construction delays.”
Among the greatest benefits Phoenix cites for using its state-of-the-art modular system over traditional systems are a shorter lead time, faster installation, higher quality and safer construction. In terms of safety, since all work is done in a horizontal shaft, there is no scaffolding to erect and no mechanics dangling from ropes. Additionally, since the jobsite installation phase is much shorter, and the work is performed in the now-vertical hoistway from the car top rather than from work platforms, the overall process is safer and more convenient for all concerned.
Compliance and Customization
Elevator Services is currently in the process of doing its first modular installation, with completion set for this September. Although the technology is new to Wisconsin, the product was approved by the state of Wisconsin at the end of last year, having gone through a rigorous process. It is in compliance with Wisconsin’s elevator and electric codes.
Another benefit of the product, shares Cheryl, is that there are no proprietary parts. “Some of the biggest companies have proprietary software and other parts, so that as the years pass, no one else can obtain those parts. That means a small company like ours—or sometimes even a large company—can’t service the elevator. It’s limited just to the manufacturer. But with ours, while we hope people would want to stay with us for service after installation, it’s not proprietary so any licensed elevator company could service it.”
In terms of customization, the manufacturer can actually build the elevator to any size as long as it will fit under a bridge (because it gets put on a truck), and the inside can be customized in virtually any way. Cheryl says, “They’ve done glass, they’ve done decorative metal, reclaimed wood, stainless steel…pretty much whatever the architect can think of, they can do.” They can even retrofit into an existing building.
No matter if a customer needs a hydraulic elevator, a traction elevator, an elevator with a machine room or a machine roomless elevator, Phoenix can build them all.
Whether installing this new modular system or providing one of their many other services, the constant is that Elevator Services is “there for your ups and downs,” going above and beyond to give its customers a professional, custom solution to meet their elevator needs.