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Essential Features in Modern Commercial Elevator Installation

More than 12% of people in the U.S. have limited mobility. Other people, like parents with strollers, also have difficulty navigating stairs. An elevator makes your building accessible to these potential clients.

Installing an elevator is complex, though. You have many factors to consider for the logistics of construction and the elevator design.

Learn more about what to expect when you’re planning an elevator installation.

Planning the New Installation of a Commercial Elevator

The logistics of installing a commercial elevator are critical. The size of the elevator shaft and the type of drive system are some considerations.

Size of the Elevator Shaft

You need an elevator cab large enough for the amount of people or goods you expect. The elevator shaft must be able to accommodate the elevator. In addition to its size, the hoistway needs walls that are thick enough.

The elevator shaft dimensions must follow state and local regulations.

Drive System

The two most common options for a commercial elevator drive system are traction and hydraulic. Traction systems use a rope and pulley. A counterweight pulls the cab up and down.

Hydraulic systems have pistons underneath the cab that raise and lower it.

Safety Features of Modern Commercial Elevators

Modern commercial elevators come with a range of safety features.

Most elevators have a power backup. They will travel to the nearest floor and open the doors if the power goes out.

Hydraulic elevators have a safety overflow valve. If the elevator is overloaded, the overflow valve opens and stops the elevator.

The door machine linkage prevents people from exiting the elevator into the hoistway. It locks the elevator doors until the cab arrives at the designated floor.

Double-lifting chains are important for traction elevators. The wire rope has an additional chain to catch the elevator if the main rope snaps.

Elevator Design Features for Your New Installation

Your new elevator should be safe and reliable. It can also be stylish and pleasant to use.


The elevator design can complement the aesthetic of your building. From a luxury hotel to a corporate office or family-friendly attraction, the elevator can match the overall ambiance.

Minimalism and Works of Art

Minimalist designs are popular. Artworks are still among the most trendy elevator features, though. A piece of art provides a focal point in the cab.

Glass and Mirrors

Glass elevators remain a trendy feature. Riders have a unique view of your building or the area outside. Glass walls make the cab feel larger.

Mirrors are another way to make the cab feel more spacious. The cab looks brighter as well.

Technology Integrations

Technology in the elevator enhances the user experience. Examples include interactive touch panels, destination control systems, and smart lighting.

Smart elevators can incorporate predictive maintenance. The system automatically monitors maintenance needs. You can address problems before they cause a malfunction.

Start Enjoying Your New Commercial Elevator

A new installation of a commercial elevator takes planning. You need to consider the logistics as well as the design and aesthetics.

The expert team at PEAK Elevator is dedicated to finding the elevator solution that fits your needs and vision. You can trust our experience in new installation as well as maintenance and repairs.

Request a free estimate today from PEAK Elevator and let’s start planning your new elevator.

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