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Elevator Floors and More: What Is in an Elevator Cab?

By | Elevator Cab

Think about walking into a building, getting in an elevator, and seeing dilapidated walls and elevator floors. Are you now questioning the elevator’s functionality and the rest of the building? An elevator cab leaves a lasting impression on visitors. The upkeep, decor, and structure of an elevator’s interior reflect a lot about you as the property’s owner or manager  and the maintenance of the building. How do you want your visitors to feel when inside your building?  Elevator cab redesign can increase the overall building value. According to a Graphical Research Report, the elevator market size in North America hit USD 2,733 in 2020 and is projected to grow at a CAGR of more than 1.2% over the forecast period 2021-2027. Whether you’re updating your elevator floors or installing a new elevator, the interior design of your elevator should reflect the type of passenger experience you want to provide. It is essential to know what parts make up the cab’s interior before making any upgrades or changes.  Elevator Cab Flooring While it may seem obvious, elevator cab floors are an important component of your cab. Elevator floors can be made of several different materials and have multiple layout options. Ensuring that your elevator floors are sturdy is crucial for the safety and durability of your cab. They must be able to withstand the high foot traffic of passengers.  Elevator Cab Wall Panels Made up of different sections, materials, patterns, and finishes, elevator cab wall panels help to create the look…

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How to Create Your Elevator Design Plan

By | Elevator Cab

When the time comes to have existing elevator cab systems updated or an entirely new setup installed for a commercial property, it is vital to have a design plan that meets all your needs and expectations. A thoroughly developed and thought-out plan ensures you have a safe, reliable, affordable, and efficient elevator system in operation. The best elevator design plan considers all of the wants and needs of not only employees or residents but also management and the general public. The following five tips can help ensure your elevator design plan suits your specific needs and goals for installations and redesigns.  1. Don’t Rush Through the Process of Making Your Elevator Design Plan Taking the time to consider all the details and options at the start of your planning process will save you time and money in the long run as a building owner. Early planning is critical as it allows time to spot overlooked issues and consider all possibilities entirely and accurately as you work out your elevator design plan. A practical and efficient elevator layout and design plan will also keep expenses down as you can more easily avoid unexpected costs, expensive changes, disruptive delays, and other issues that stem from a less-than-stellar design and installation.  2. Plan Your Elevator Set Up and Cab Design Based on Your Needs There is no shortage of things to consider when working on an innovative elevator design plan for your commercial building. In addition to what materials you will use and…

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5 Critical Elevator Cab Design Considerations to Finding the Right Service Partner

By | Elevator Cab

How often does your building management team think about elevator cab design? Most companies tend to view elevators as a one-and-done process or need, but they’re much more vital than many realize. The right elevator cab interior design is just as crucial as the mechanics behind their use. After all, a custom interior can set the standard for how your guests feel while traveling from one office to another. Depending on the size of the building, users may spend 10-15 minutes in an elevator per day (assuming a 3-minute trip and 4-5 trips per day).  That may not seem possible but consider that employees and building occupants may use the elevator to leave and return for lunch, visit other offices, or leave work for the day. As such, building owners need to rethink their approach to elevator cab design and keep it fresh. Further, according to Building Design + Construction, the typical elevator life expectancy in the U.S. is between 20 and 30 years. However, regular upgrades and maintenance of the interior design are also essential to creating better guest experiences. “Elevators are a prime example [of how simple improvements in building maintenance can impact guest experiences]. Seamless operations are vital to owners, contractors, facility managers, and tenants. Elevator reliability, a smooth ride, and tenant satisfaction are key considerations, as is reducing the total cost of ownership.” Let’s take a deeper look at the top five considerations to take when approaching an elevator cab design or custom elevator interior redesign…

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Valcourt Group Bolsters Leadership Team and Announces Brand Evolution

By | News

Valcourt Group’s new leadership team re-affirms its commitment to clients and to providing comprehensive solutions for building envelope maintenance through an updated corporate brand and distinct sub-brands to address unique market needs. February XX, 2022 – The Valcourt Group today announced an expanded executive team and unveiled the evolution of the Valcourt brand. Jeffery Valcourt has stepped into the Executive Chairman role and will focus on leading the Valcourt Group board. Eric Crabb has assumed the CEO role of the Valcourt Group, Jon Capon continues as the Chief Operating Officer, David Rodefeld continues as the Chief Administrative Officer and AJ Clark has joined the team as the new Chief Financial Officer.  “Eric Crabb is the right person to lead the Valcourt Group into the future, given his strong background in the facilities space and proven ability to lead our organization through organic and acquisitional growth,” said Jeffery Valcourt. “We are on a very positive growth trajectory and are very well-positioned to continue building on our strong momentum. I am also pleased that my long-term friend and business partner, Jon Capon, will continue to play a significant role as the business continues its transformational growth. I am excited to work alongside our entire executive leadership team as we enter this next phase of growth and market leadership.” “The entire organization wants to thank Jeff Valcourt for his contribution as the founder of Valcourt Building Services. His entrepreneurial spirit and vision helped guide the company to this moment and I look forward…

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A Guide to Parking Garage Restoration

By | Parking Garage Services

The parking garage services industry has been growing exponentially since the 1990s, which means parking garages have been deteriorating at an even more rapid pace. In fact, parking garages are so problematic today that many of them require advanced parking garage structural design and maintenance just to stay standing. Maintaining the structural integrity of parking garages is a full-time job for facility and building management teams. Parking garage restoration can be an expensive and time-consuming task. Still, it’s worth that investment because, without adequate maintenance, parking structures will eventually fall into disrepair and will have to be demolished or abandoned altogether. Dealing with parking garage degradation is a big part of facility management and upkeep. Parking garage restoration should start with a thorough inspection conducted by a structural engineer to identify any areas of concern, such as significant cracks in load-bearing walls or concrete. The choice for building a parking garage is often made, but not always with the proper consideration for the long-term upkeep and restoration requirements it brings. Some parking garages are structurally sound once again after restoration efforts, but the parking garage services might not meet current code requirements.  In such cases, parking structures may need equipment or design changes to comply with local codes and ordinances. Parking garage maintenance and repairs can also help you avoid having your parking structure condemned by your city or state, which would end up costing more money overall through legal battles and relocation costs.  If ignored, condemned parking garages that…

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Tips to Preserve Your Commercial Parking Garage

By | Parking Garage Services

Commercial parking garages and garages offer a safe and secure place for patrons to park their vehicles and use the facilities associated with the garage. However, many commercial parking garages have been neglected and taken for granted by building managers and consequently don’t get the proper maintenance it needs. This leads to the deterioration of parking garages. Yet, their use is essential to modern businesses. According to the Injury Claim Coach, non-residential parking facilities are used by 175 million people every day, and each use represents a potential risk that could lead to injuries or premature wear and tear on the structure. If one would just take the time to look at the conditions of their garages and properly maintain them, commercial parking garages will continue to serve the people that use them daily. This article will explore a few tips to restore and preserve the integrity of parking garages. 1. Check Structures Around the Commercial Parking Garage Doors for Water Spots Water spots in commercial parking garages or near commercial parking garage doors are signs of leaking and water damage in the garage. It means that water from rain, ice, or snow has seeped through the concrete and corroded it. This can expose the rebar underneath which can cause damage to vehicles parked in the garage if they park too close, On top of that, the rebar can also rust and contribute to the spalling of the concrete. Additionally. water spots and spills can cause patrons to slip and…

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Parking Garage Degradation Causes and Signs

By | Parking Garage Services

Whether it’s an office space, a shopping mall, or any other commercial building, these places will always need space allocated for parking garages. Garages provide a safe and secure area where people can park their vehicles. Because of this, they are some of the most utilized structures in commercial buildings, and why it’s necessary to take proper care and maintain parking garages. Otherwise, they can start to degrade rapidly.  As further explained by FacilitiesNet, “Whether the parking facility is a freestanding multi-level garage or a few below-grade levels under a high-rise building or plaza, the imperative is the same: proactive condition assessment and diligent maintenance. If problems are ignored, the harsh environment in garages, including corrosive deicing chemicals, freeze-thaw cycling, and the stress of thousands of vehicles traversing the deck, will quickly accelerate deterioration into hazardous conditions. With the integrity of the garage and the safety of users at stake, facility managers should prioritize parking structure evaluation and maintenance to preempt problems and avoid possible liability.” This article will highlight the signs of parking garage deterioration, the steps to prevent it, and how to restore parking garages to their former glory.  Causes of Parking Garage Degradation The first step to creating a better maintenance plan for the commercial parking garage is understanding its top causes, which also mirror the signs of parking garage deterioration, including: Water ponding. If water is ponding on a garage floor, it means that the water has slipped through the cracks in the concrete. Water and…

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A Look at Parking Garage Restoration Services

By | Parking Garage Services

Parking garage restoration falls under overarching parking garage maintenance. According to the Whole Building Design Guide, “One of the important aspects of parking facilities in their operations and maintenance. The constant use of parking facilities as an expected part of our infrastructure and as revenue-generating requires unique maintenance and operational needs. Maintenance is crucial due to its complete exposure to the weather.” However, those new to building management or facilities maintenance may be unsure of the actual budget expectations and maintenance needs that fall under this umbrella. Let’s take a closer look.  Parking Garage Cost Considerations The cost of parking garage maintenance can be high, but it is important to keep the garage in good condition to avoid any costly repairs or safety risks. Parking garage costs for maintenance vary widely depending on several factors. The types of materials used in construction can significantly influence the cost of parking garage maintenance. For example, a parking garage built with materials that require frequent painting or sealing will undoubtedly cost more to maintain thanone made of materials that do not need such care. In addition, the climate and location of the garage can also play a role in how often it needs to be maintained. Garages in areas with high humidity levels, for example, may require more frequent maintenance than those in drier climates. Parking Garage Restoration and Maintenance Are Essential An important factor affecting the ROI of parking garage maintenance is who is responsible for providing those services. If a property…

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The Most Common Commercial Handrail Mistakes to Avoid

By | Commercial Handrail Installation

Commercial handrails are more integral to a commercial building than one might think. They provide support for people who have trouble walking and also prevent fall hazards. So they must be installed correctly according to OSHA Guidelines. Unfortunately, many mistakes in handrail installation and repair have occurred. Because of this, many injuries have happened, and subsequently, injury costs piled up.  According to the National Safety Council, “The total cost of work injuries in 2019 was $171.0 billion. This figure includes wage and productivity losses of $53.9 billion, medical expenses of $35.5 billion, and administrative expenses of $59.7 billion. This total also includes employers’ uninsured costs of $13.3 billion, including the value of time lost by workers other than those with disabling injuries who are directly or indirectly involved in injuries, and the cost of time required to investigate injuries, write up injury reports, and so forth.” As a result, keeping building occupants safe means building managers need to know the most common commercial handrail mistakes and how to prevent them.  Improper Installation We’ve talked about giving handrails the proper attention due to their importance in commercial buildings. However, some contractors choose to install the railings themselves, which  can lead to them being installed incorrectly. To ensure it’s done right in the first place, hire an expert who specializes in handrails. Inaccurate Measurements Another commercial handrail mistake is installing them with inaccurate measurements. All railings must adhere to OSHA guidelines,  but the size of railings will vary depending on intended use…

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Signs It’s Time to Repair Commercial Railings

By | Commercial Handrail Installation

Commercial railings are an integral part of any commercial building. They provide support for people as they traverse through the premises. But constant usage and even weather conditions can cause severe wear and tear on railings installed outdoors that could compromise the structure’s integrity. Several visible and hidden signs or indicators show commercial railings need repair. This blog focuses on those signs and how to recognize them.  1. Visible Damage or Cracks to the Railing Various factors can cause cracks and damages to commercial railings. Often, it’s due to the constant pressure of continuous usage by patrons that will cause the railings to lose their integrity over time. Environmental factors like wind, rain, or sun can also cause decay of the material, such as worn-out wood or rust on metal rails. It’s crucial to repair these damages immediately, especially if the railing is on a high-rise platform like a rooftop. When deciding how to fix these damages, it’s best to consult an expert who knows the proper procedures to repair commercial handrails. 2. Replacement or Repair of Banisters By design, banisters or balusters help prevent small children from falling off a balcony, deck, or other elevated platforms. For stairwells, they provide the elevation for the railing along the staircase. Balusters can also offer additional support for commercial railings. But, banisters also tend to loosen or break over time, especially ones made out of wood. Since they are part of the railing, they require prompt attention if it seems like their…

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