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Upcoming Fall 2017 Jobs at D & D Elevator Maintenance

By: Judy Uliano

When the 2017 Fall leaves appear D & D is booked with new construction and modernization jobs


A residential complex, built in 1969 with duplex elevators, was ready for an update and they chose D & D for the project.  The controller had been updated in the mid-eighties but the modernization of the machine (an old obsolete Armor unit), fixtures and then bringing the elevators up too today’s safety standards was a priority on the owners list.  These are geared 2000 pounds, 100 FPM, 7 stop units.


This new structure will replace three existing buildings that have degraded significantly over time and the new owners decided that D & D was the best elevator company for the installation of the 2 new elevators.  The new location is located between Lexington and 3rd Avenue and the new units will gently reflect the spirit of the old building with cladding on the lower levels and the roof will be glass.  The 2 passenger elevators will be gearless units, 2500 pounds, 500 FPM with 21 stops.


An elegant boutique/residential building located near the Beacon Theater, loaded with prewar character needed an update to their existing elevator to bring it up to today’s code and awarded D & D Elevator the job.  The last update was in conducted in 1977 and with the new upgrade the elevator will be equipped with a new controller, machine, governor and fixtures.  The passenger elevator is a geared traction unit, 1800 pounds, 200 FPM and 11 stops.


A building in the Norwood section of the Bronx was looking to upgrade their single unit elevator and picked D & D Elevator to work with.  The building, which was built in the late 50’s and still maintains a Fifth Avenue Lobby Grand Entrance but, the elevator was in need of being fully modernized with all the safety measures and equipment of 2017.  This passenger elevator is a geared, overhead traction unit,  2000 pounds, 100 FPM with 8 stops.


This newly built structure specifying two elevators asked D & D Elevator to conduct the installations located in Upper Manhattan.  For their tenants, the new building will have a ground floor community center, a large storage area, a laundry and a rooftop terrace.  One elevator will be overhead traction unit, 3500 pounds, 200 FPM with 8 stops and the other with be a twin holeless hydro unit with two stops, 2500 pounds and 100 FPM.


This Hamilton Heights 1920’s building, that is within walking distance to parks, subways and restaurants had a modernization done during the 1950’s but it needed to be brought up to the 2017 codes.  By selecting D & D Elevator, we can make the changes that are desperately needed.  Not only will the unit meet all the code issues but, we will be installing a new machine, controller, new fixtures that meet the ADA requirements.  The elevator is a geared traction unit that is 2000 pounds, 100 FPM with 7 stops.


The owners of a quaint residential building in the Washington Heights area of New York wanted to not only upgrade their building but, their elevator also and in doing so chose D & D Elevator to conduct the upgrading of the unit.  We will be installing a new geared machine, controller, door operator and ADA fixtures which is 1200 pounds, 100 FPM with 7 stops.


This bright, open loft residential/commercial building located near Spring and Crosby Streets in SOHO has only one passenger elevator, which is vital to the businesses and residents.  The owners  wanted to conduct a modernization on the unit and asked D & D to take on the job.  By doing this, we will be installing a new controller, machine, door operator, ADA fixtures along with an updated cab interior.  The Overhead traction elevator is 3000 pounds, 150 FPM with 7 stops.


A commercial and residential building, located in the upcoming area of Brooklyn, wanted to continue to attract upscale stores and tenants and in order to do this they are conducting and up-grade of their building.  This reconditioning included the modernization of the passenger elevator, which had all original equipment and awarded the job to D & D Elevator.  We will not only add a new controller, governor, machine but new fixtures and a cab interior upgrade.  All of these upgrades will not only be astatically pleasing but, ADA compliant.   Geared overhead traction with 7 stops, 100 FPM.


Changes Required: Elevator Door Monitoring for Automatic Elevators

By: D&D Elevator

Door monitoring equipment is made by various OEM’s and independent manufacturers; the examples below are by 
(A) Rolls Elevator Safety
(B) Electrodyn


FSSG Fail Safe Safety Guard


The New York City Department of Buildings has announced that, by January 1, 2020, all automatic passenger, service and freight elevators must provide a system to monitor and prevent automatic operation with faulty door contact circuits. All controller modifications performed to meet this mandate will require an Elevator Application under an EBN (Elevator Buildings Notice) and all modifications must be approved by a Registered Professional Engineer, Registered Architect and the controller manufacturer. The requirement is to prevent the elevator from operating under any circumstance with the hoistway or cab doors open; this is to eliminate the possibility of passengers becoming entrapped between the doors and injured if the elevator moves away from the landing floor. Passenger or service elevators with manually operated doors and gates are by definition exempt.

Depending on the age of the elevator, the equipment may require modifications to the existing controller system or upgrade/replacement. Controllers meeting the A17.1-2000 Code almost certainly have the door lock monitoring provisions built in, but, depending on the controller manufacturer, it is best to check to make absolutely sure. Most probably controllers that were installed prior to having met 1996 requirements, or microprocessor controlled systems older than 18 years, will need a full modernization of the equipment. Owners of buildings with relatively recent elevator installations may be able to comply with this code requirement simply by adding certain software/hardware to the existing relay logic/microprocessor controller; in most cases, the microprocessor and relay controllers will require the addition and wiring in of a panel with solid state boards and relays.


Electrodyne Monidor

After January 1, 2020, non-compliant systems may be subject to violations, clearly a situation to avoid. It is best to start planning now or at the least very soon, since, in the case of multiple elevators, it could take up to two years or more to specify, complete and obtain approval of a full modernization. In no case should this work be scheduled later than in 2018, especially since there will be widespread demand for this service, and more limited ability to provide it, as the 2020 deadline approaches.

The experts at D&D Elevator stand ready to help you to evaluate your particular needs, sort smoothly through the complexities of this code requirement – achieve safety and code-compliance – and boost your peace-of-mind!

Stuck In An Elevator? Do It Right: Sit Tight!

By: D&D Elevator

stuck in elevatorWhen people are riding an elevator, and it lurches to a stop between floors, often the initial gut response is to panic – especially among those who are claustrophobic – and what to do to most quickly to get out. Publicly-available accounts and data show that escape attempts can result in severe injury, sometimes fatal; for example, during a recent year, New York City’s Department of Buildings reported that 51 people were injured and five died when trapped riders tried to save themselves.

Municipal governments are undertaking campaigns to educate the riding public to the proper procedures during entrapment, such as New York City’s “Stay Safe - Stay Put” public awareness campaign – using broadcast ads, print ads, bus shelter messages and a public service video – to encourage riders to remain in stalled cars and wait for help,

As a service to building owners and managers, and other D&D Elevator Maintenance customers, D&D has prepared a comprehensive Safety Guide for Entrapped Passengers, which may be viewed online here and printed as a hard copy for provision to superintendents, co-op/condo boards, etc., for their review and appropriate distribution to tenants.

Download Elevator Safety Guide - 50 kb pdf