G&R Custom Elevator Cabs was invited to partner with Kohn Pedersen Fox (KPF) architects and well-known elevator company, Schindler U.S.A. to provide design engineering and manufacturing of elevator cabs for University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business in Ann Arbor, Michigan.
Three specialty glass elevators and one standard cab are planned for the new academic building, one custom elevator interior for Kresge Hall, and two new cabs for the Executive Residence. Recently KPF and Schindler visited our facility in Minnesota and reviewed the full size mock up. The photos included here are of the cab mock up (February, 2016).
About The Custom Glass Elevator Cabs (#6, 7 & 8)
Three distinctive custom glass cabs are planned to move people from within the atrium of the new academic building. Cabs #6 & #7 are typical 3500-lb. capacity cabs measuring 84” wide x 74” deep. #8 measures 96” wide x 74” deep and has a capacity of #4000-lbs. Each have one set of center opening doors, continuous tube handrails with stanchions featuring custom sleeves with brackets along channel locations (rear and partial side walls), in addition to custom floor to ceiling channels at the side wall handrail locations.
These three specialty elevator cabs will feature a partially exposed, tiered stainless steel custom ceiling extending the views through the safety glass. The stainless steel sheathed sidewalls slightly contrast the neutral sliced walnut wall panel overlays yet linger in the elegance of the punctuated glass seen in the other interior and exterior spaces.
The external features of this cab (which are not pictured) include stainless steel shroud and guard rails (as one piece) which aid in hiding unsightly mechanical elements while also provide protection against (falling) during servicing. Since the elevator cab is over 12” from the side of the hoistway in this particular building, safety code requires that the guardrails be at least 12” in height.
About The Kresge Hall Elevator Veneer Wall Panel Interior (#9)
The Kresge Hall elevator cab is front & rear opening, so only the side walls required new wall panels. A new suspended ceiling, faced with stainless steel and containing LED downlighting, will also be installed. The stainless steel fronts, transoms, returns, and doors will be refinished.
About The High Traffic Executive Residence Elevators (#10 & #11)
The new Executive Residence cabs are constructed of 14-gauge stainless steel and will have a 2-panel per wall stainless steel #4 design, a lightweight suspended island lower ceiling. Each of the 3500-lb. capacity cabs measure 84” wide x 74” deep, and will utilize Schindler overhead AC gearless machines traveling 73-ft. per minute.
Once this project is completed we will share photos in our project gallery.