Commercial Wheelchair Elevator

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Bill Wimberley
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Commercial Wheelchair Elevator

I'm in the very early stages of doing a design for a commercial renovation where an outdoor space will be added onto an existing flat roof. There is no room for a wheelchair ramp so this project will require an elevator. Does anyone have any experience with commercial wheelchair elevators? This needs to be done as inexpensively as possible while still meeting the accessibility requirements.

Bill is the owner and maintainer of SoftPlanTuts.com

Alan Wager
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Wheelchair Elevators

Hi Bill, did not think I would every be helping you out. A few years ago I had to put a single wheelchair elevator in a local church. This church has an older membership base and they could no longer climb up the stairs in front. In those days I did not take photos of my work. Sorry. I could have showed you how we did this. However, we did not have room to add this elevator anywhere on the inside, so we built out of block a two sided wall to an outside wall corner and dug down to the basement level and built this outside structure up to the main hall of the church. We had to have three stops. One at the ground level one that went to the main hall on the second level and then a stop that went to the basement where the active room was along with the bathrooms. This unit was not too costly and I found a local retailer in the D.C. area. I built all off the structure including all the needed doors that lock and unlock at the three stops. The elevator manufacturer then installed the lift. The lift was large enough for one wheelchair and one person. The search is easy. Just go on line and Google chair lifts or elevators. If my memory serves me right, the lift and install was about $8,000 to $10,000 complete. The construction costs (My charges we extra.) These lifts are all over the internet and come with all kinds of bells and things, but the are basic units work just fine.

Bill Wimberley
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Elevator

Thanks Al. That particular project has been put on hold but may be coming back up again this Fall. Thanks for the info!