Reliability-Centered Maintenance for Elevators in Your Buildings

As a building owner or property manager, you know the importance of maintaining your elevators in the best condition. Elevators play an essential role in modern buildings, and their fully functional operation is necessary for the safety and comfort of users. However, more than traditional maintenance methods may be required to keep your elevators running […]

You Have to Do an Elevator Modernization – Now What?

Now that you’ve decided to modernize your elevator, what next? Elevator modernization can be daunting and expensive for building owners and property managers. The first thing a building needs to do when faced with modernization is commit to a budget. Whether it’s a loan, allocated capital expenditure, or other scenario, the building must be sure […]

Things to Consider with an Elevator Maintenance Service Agreement: Frequency and Coverage

All buildings, whether hotels, retail stores, hospitals, universities, commercial real estate buildings, apartment buildings, condominium associations, malls, or other types, have an elevator service contract. At least they should all have one. An elevator maintenance service contract gives buildings a sense of comfort that their elevators, escalators, or lifts will be correctly serviced by the […]

Elevator Maintenance Checklist: What Building Owners Should Know   

As a building owner or property manager, it is your responsibility to ensure the safety and reliability of your elevators. Regular elevator maintenance is essential to ensure smooth, safe operation, and to prolong the lifespan of your elevators.  Using an elevator maintenance checklist can help you stay on track. This checklist typically includes tasks and inspections to ensure […]

New Elevator Installation in an Existing Building

Installing a new elevator in an existing building structure that did not previously have an elevator is a complex endeavor that requires extensive planning and preparation. Several key factors must be considered such as the requirements of the building, building codes and regulations, shaft dimensions, and capacities, to name a few.  Selecting the appropriate elevator […]

Residential Elevators vs. Commercial Elevators: What Is the Difference?

Elevators have revolutionized the way we navigate multi-story buildings, providing efficient vertical transportation solutions for a variety of settings. The use of elevators in buildings over two stories such as hotels, hospitals, and airports is common. Elevators are also used in private residential homes, too. Even though they are the same in principle, there are […]

Elevator Challenges Parts Availability & Elevator Modernization

The phrases “You need to modernize,” “We can’t get your parts,” and “Your equipment is too old” have become all too familiar for owners and managers of buildings with elevators these days. It is prevalent across buildings of every size and affects organizations nationwide, prompting building owners and managers to seek solutions. So, what do […]

Behind-the-Scenes Value of Hiring an Elevator Consultant

Today, we are sharing an example that highlights the behind-the-scenes value of hiring an elevator consultant. Let’s set the stage – XYZ Building is a high-rise building located downtown with twenty-two elevators, managed by Mr. Jones. Mr. Jones has been struggling with increasing elevator maintenance costs and is frustrated by trying to decipher the elevator […]

Extravagant Prices in the Elevator Industry

In recent years, inflated pricing has become more common, raising concerns across numerous industries. This can be attributed to factors such as supply chain issues, a mixture of labor challenges, or just pure unfair pricing practices. While unethical business practices are commonly associated with essential goods during times of crisis, such as fuel, medicines, food, […]

Why Hire an Elevator Consultant

Property managers and building owners face ever-increasing challenges in optimizing building performance while maximizing return on investment. Elevators are an integral component of modern buildings and play a crucial role in the operations of the building including tenant satisfaction, operational efficiency, and overall performance. To navigate this dynamic landscape and ensure optimal elevator performance, hiring […]

Elevators: An Area where Commercial Real Estate Can Cut Cost

Empty storefronts and offices are everywhere. The economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and the ensuing trend of offices shifting to remote work or hybrid arrangements has created unprecedented building vacancies. The CoStar Group reports that 12.9% of office space is vacant—an all-time high—and the office space availability rate is at an all-time high of […]

3 Ways Elevator Consulting Services Can Help in Today’s Economy

The news is splattered with the challenges commercial buildings are facing. The post-pandemic work-at-home trend leaves commercial real estate buildings with the same operating costs as before but less revenue. The Elevator Consultants clients are asking how elevator consulting services can help. Regarding elevators and escalators, there are a few steps property managers can review: […]

Buildings can solve their elevator issues with an elevator consultant

Elevators are pivotal to any building; therefore, it is imperative to keep them running. Today’s labor shortages make it even more challenging for buildings to maintain elevator service because elevators require specialized skills to maintain. Building managers have historically had concerns with elevators being serviced consistently, and with the current labor and economy, it has […]

Navigating the proposal process for elevator work

With increasing frequency, building property managers and owners are getting proposals for work to be done on their elevators. When this happens, buildings can often have several questions, such as these: Is this elevator proposal covered in my contract? This proposal is so expensive. Do I have to pay for this proposal? Is this scope […]

Out with the Old, In with the New: Strategies for Elevator Modernization

The lifespan of an elevator depends on many different factors, but on average, elevators can last at least 25 years. At some point, a building will need to consider if it’s time for elevator modernization. Elevator modernization consists of updating or replacing existing equipment and parts such as controllers, machines, and doors (among others). There are […]

Three Things Hospitality Hotels Can do to Save Cost Immediately 

In today’s times, the cliché doing more with less has never been so true; life just isn’t the same. We all wear multiple hats with less staff and more responsibilities while managing procedural changes and working within a budget. One significant opportunity to reduce your costs and headaches is to look at the elevators and […]

Poor Elevator Maintenance and Service Are Bleeding Hotel Building Budgets

The Elevator Consultants (TEC) has worked with hundreds of buildings with elevators and building owners’ concerns are typically the same. They were told by their elevator company some version of “You need a modernization”, “We can’t find parts”, “You need an outrageous repair”, and the most dreaded, “It’s not covered.”  The hospitality industry has been […]

Three Things Buildings Can do to Save Elevator Cost Immediately

In today’s tumultuous and fast-paced times, the cliché “doing more with less” has never rung so true. We all wear multiple hats with less staff, more responsibilities, procedural changes, and the pressure to work within a budget. One significant cost-saving measure is to optimize the performance and reliability of the elevators and escalators in your […]

Top 7 Considerations as Buildings Operate amid the Pandemic

Top 7 Considerations as Buildings Operate amid the Pandemic CHICAGO—December 31, 2020 The COVID-19 public health crisis has changed almost every aspect of our lives, including how we use buildings. These days, it’s important to accommodate a building’s changing needs while keeping everyone safe. Acting as the building’s main artery, elevators play an essential role […]

The Elevator Consultants Releases The Elevator Playbook to Help Building Owners and Property Managers Keep Their Elevators & Escalators Operationally Efficient

The Elevator Consultants Releases The Elevator Playbook to Help Building Owners and Property Managers Keep Their Elevators & Escalators Operationally Efficient CHICAGO—December 13, 2019—The Elevator Consultants has created a playbook offering step-by-step guidance for building owners and property managers to assist in managing their elevators, escalators and other vertical transportation equipment. The Elevator Playbook is […]

7 Quick Steps for Commercial Buildings to Reduce Elevator Operating Costs

7 Quick Steps for Commercial Buildings to Reduce Elevator Operating Costs CHICAGO—September 17, 2019—The Elevator Consultants has announced a list of seven easy steps property managers can take to reduce operating costs within 60 days. In commercial real estate, buildings are complex entities, subject to constantly changing standards and regulations, and managing these properties is […]

The Elevator Consultants Reminds Buildings to Let Elevators Evolve

The Elevator Consultants Reminds Buildings to Let Elevators Evolve CHICAGO—May 21, 2019—The Elevator Consultants (TEC), a leading global elevator consulting firm, advises building owners, developers, architects, and others involved with commercial real estate to be sure to factor elevators, escalators and vertical transportation into the growth and evolution of their properties. As human societies have […]

Three Key Strategies Buildings with Elevators Want To Adopt

Three Key Strategies Buildings with Elevators Want To Adopt The Elevator Consultants has offered up strategic best practices for owners with elevators in their buildings in response to several elevator and escalator-related incidents nationwide. Following incidents such as Chicago’s Hancock Building elevator plunging 84 floors in November 2018, a Texas hospital employee seriously injured in […]

Elevator Cost Reduction

Elevator Cost Reduction The number one issue driving up elevator costs for building owners is elevator maintenance contracts that aren’t being fulfilled. Elevator service providers have standard maintenance agreements that include terms for regular servicing and maintaining the equipment. This regular maintenance is critical for eliminating costly repairs, ending deferred maintenance, and for maintaining the […]

The Elevator Consultants, a Leading Vertical Transportation & Elevator Consulting Firm, Post ASME A17.1/CSA B44 Responsibilities

March 31, 2018 – Chicago, Illinois. The Elevator Consultants, a leading elevator consulting and vertical transportation consulting firm helping building owners and property managers to improve elevator efficiency and increase the bottom line, is proud to announce an important post to its blog on ASME A17.1/CSA B44 responsibilities, specifically addressing confusing among building owners that […]

The Elevator Consultants, a Leading Vertical Transportation Consulting & Elevator Consulting Firm, Announces Post on REITS and Investor Issues

Chicago, IL – January 29, 2018. The Elevator Consultants, a leading elevator consulting and vertical transportation consulting firm, is proud to announce a two-part series to its blog on issues that may impact REITS and investors who may be purchasing buildings with elevator and/or vertical transportation issues. REITS, of course, refers to “Real Estate Investment […]

REITS and Investors Beware When Buying a Property with Elevators (Part 2)

Editor’s note. As one of the top vertical transportation consulting firms in the United States, we get a lot of inquiries from buyers and sellers. Both parties want to conduct the necessary due diligence in any transaction. We often assist in evaluating everything with respect to elevators and other vertical transportation assets. In part 2 […]

REITS and Investors Beware When Buying a Property with Elevators (Part 1)

Editor’s Note. As one of the top elevator consulting firms in the United States, we see a lot of “disasters” out there. Among them is a failure to conduct “due diligence” before buying a property. Here’s a blog post on the topic of just how important “buyer beware” can be in the vertical transportation industry.

Elevator Consulting for Hospitals: Some Thoughts

Among the industries that are most in need of elevator consulting is the hospital industry. We have found in our work that often times hospital elevators and escalators are grossly neglected.

Keeping Your Elevators and Escalators in Top Gear

Construction Review Online posted a great article regarding the preventative maintenance of elevators and escalators. The article goes into great detail about the responsibilities of building owners in terms of their vertical transportation equipment, the safety code for elevators and escalators and the importance of having an accurate and up-to-date Maintenance Control Plan (MCP) for […]

Excessive Elevator Maintenance Charges

An elevator maintenance contract is a vital piece to the upkeep of all vertical transportation/elevator equipment. The terms and conditions of a maintenance contract can quite literally make or break the life of the equipment. Elevator maintenance contracts are written by the elevator service provider with terms and conditions in their own favor. Most building […]

Elevator Inspections vs. Elevator Testing vs. Elevator Audits

In the elevator and escalator industry, “inspection,”   “testing” and “audit” are terms commonly used interchangeably yet, in reality, they are quite different. An elevator inspection or escalator inspection is typically performed by the Authority Having Jurisdiction (AHJ). The purpose of an inspection is to evaluate whether or not all elevator equipment and its related counterparts […]

Elevator ADA Requirements

Many people have heard about the horrifying story of the woman who died in an elevator in the Chinese city of Xi’an. What makes it even more disturbing; however, is the fact that the woman had been in the elevator for over a month before being found. The elevator mechanics had cut off power to […]

Elevator Service Trends for Building Owners

Building owners are paying for service that they are not receiving. Today it is very common for buildings to have an elevator preventative maintenance contract and not to receive said preventative maintenance. Elevators are being neglected. Elevators have been commonly referred to as the “black hole” within a building. The building relies on the elevator […]

What Is An Elevator Consultant?

What is an Elevator Consultant? Upon hearing the term “elevator consultant,” one might wonder what the title specifically entails. Generally, a consultant is someone who is hired to fix or improve a component of their client’s business. The Elevator Consultants are brought in to ensure that the elevator equipment in a client’s building is functioning […]