It is hard to determine, without considerable research, who first conjured the idea of the machine-room-less elevator. It could have been an architect looking for design freedom, developers urging suppliers to reduce construction costs, or building owners trying to maximize rentable space. Anyway you look at it, the result is the same – elevators without machine rooms are now, if only on a limited scale, available to the market and are worthwhile considering for new construction and retrofits.
The implication of “elevator modernization” is often associated with an aesthetic upgrade to the interior finishes of the elevator cab. Although important, the aesthetic updating of the cab is only a modicum of the modernization process. Upgrades of the mechanical and control components form the substance of the same project, and are the focus of this discussion.
The due diligence process should include a thorough review of the existing elevator equipment when considering the purchase of any building. The due diligence process should include a thorough review of the existing elevator equipment when considering the purchase of any building The function of due diligence is to independently verify all representations made by a prospective seller, in addition to uncovering pertinent facts which have not been disclosed and are important to the buyer.