3 Main Components to Consider in Elevator Design

The right elevator cab design will add great value to your building, affecting passenger convenience, comfort and safety. Here are some of the most effective and important cab design considerations to think about.

1.     Customized Entrance

When designing the entrance to your elevators, make sure the immediate area looks welcoming. A big part of that is choosing the right entrance frame. Available in a multitude of sizes and finishes, your frame should include these components:

  • Door Finishes: Plastic Laminate; Primed; Stainless Steel; Muntz
  • Door Types: Single Slide (left/right hand); Center Opening; Two-Speed (left/right hand)
  • Door Heights: Seven feet tall (standard) but can go up to nine feet and beyond
  • Frames: Stainless Steel; Primed; Muntz
  • Sills: Aluminum; Nickel Silver; Muntz

2.     Professional Installation

The next main component to think about when it comes to elevator design is getting an experienced professional to design and install the elevator and accessories. They will take precise measurements, as well as take into consideration the specific architecture, building use, and customer input. They will know exactly what you need for interior wall panels, flooring, ventilation, emergency exits, and more. 

3.     Ceilings and Lighting

It’s important to think about the lighting system you will want for the ceilings. Fluorescent fixtures can burn out quite quickly, halogen fixtures emit heat, and incandescent bulbs are low in energy efficiency. You’re best off incorporating LED bulbs, panels and fixtures thanks to their longer life span, minimal electricity use, and no heat generation. Plus, they are cost effective, are dimmable, and don’t have to be replaced nearly as often as the other kinds.

Why Does Elevator Design Matter?

Now that you know the important design considerations to take into account, let’s discuss why proper elevator design matters. Elevator design should include considerations for:

  • Customizable technology: From sensors and cloud connectivity to smart lifts and seismic sensors, make sure your elevator meets the technological needs of your passengers and technicians.
  • Security gates: These act as extra barriers to unauthorized access.
  • Scanners and keypads: Security options are important, such as fingerprint scanners to restrict access, keypad entry and biometric security tools.
  • Destination control: This is a more efficient way to distribute passengers among floors, with the goal of cutting wait and travel times.  
  • Lights and music: Programmable music and lighting systems can automatically switch on when sensors detect movement.
  • LED Screens: Use these in the cab to display community messages, ads, company news or entertainment value.

Creating a well-designed entrance isn’t just more attractive for your tenants and guests – it has all the practical and security features you need in an elevator for your property. To learn more about our elevator frames, lighting and other components of good elevator design, contact Mowrey Elevator today.