Elevator Installation: Timelines and Variables
Depending on the kind of elevator you’re installing, and whether you’re building new or modernizing an existing structure, an elevator installation can take an incredibly variable amount of time. During the project, you can expect to see constant progress, and there are also things a building owner or property manager can do to make the process as smooth as possible.
Elevator installation is complex because work has to be done by several other parties before the elevator can be installed. If you’re placing an elevator in a new building, the construction crew will need to finish the shaft before the machinery can be brought in. The same will apply to an existing structure, whether a residence or a commercial building, if there’s not a shaft available to be modernized. A crew will have to construct the shaft around existing architecture and even potentially residents or tenants. Communicate clearly with occupants about what they can expect if you’re modernizing an occupied building. Further, it usually takes 6-8 weeks for the elevator and machinery to be built and shipped to the installer—so order in advance. The kind of elevator being installed also impacts the timeline. Traction elevators typically take the longest to install.
Once they’re cleared to begin installation, experts like Liberty Elevator will work hard to get the elevator up and running. As an owner or manager, the key element to make sure you have in hand is budget. Make sure you know how much the project will cost and plan accordingly. Also, make sure workers in other trades have adequately prepared the shaft and landings for the elevator installation. If you’re looking for a partner you can rely on in this process, search no further. Contact us for an estimate and proposal today!« Back to Blog