Can I Provide My Own Elevator Glass?

Getting glass in an elevator is simply not just “getting a few pieces of glass” for the cab walls, it’s actually getting many pieces, the interlayer (+ special design elements/etching, etc.) and mounting/sealing them within a frame, at the specified size. If you have an opportunity to have a conversation with a custom #elevator cab sales engineer (who can give you the facts early in your project) you’ll have a better idea of what you can do regardless of budget or design based projects.

Great Sales Engineers will spend time educating people before and during preliminary project planning because the nature of the work itself is complicated–there are many questions that need answers before a project can progress. Director of Sales, John Omorean, shares a short “behind the scenes” experience that’s not so uncommon in custom elevator cab project planning.

Elevator Cab Anatomy Series: The Basics of Binder Angles

Do You Know What Binder Angles Are and What Kind Are Appropriate for Your Elevator Wall Panels?

Binder Angles impact the aesthetic of an elevator interior design and they’re an advantageous element of it. In our Cab Anatomy Series Article: The Basics of Binder Angles, you’ll learn what kind of Binder Angles are appropriate for certain cab conditions.

CAA: Back In Style

Elevator Interior car #6, special elevator going to specific floors at Chicago Athletic Association Hotel CAA by G&R Custom Cabs

Elevator companies G&R Custom Elevator Cabs of Andover, Minnesota, and Parkway Elevators of Chicago worked with the design teams handling the transformation of the historic Chicago Athletic Association (CAA) into a luxury hotel. Read about the project in the Elevator World November, 2016 article “CAA: Back In Style.”

“Keep Austin Weird” Inspired EPIC Solution Elevator Cab Interior at Texas Hotel

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The DoubleTree Hotel, Austin, TX, has recently undergone a complete interior design transformation and elevator interior modernization following a robust construction timeline, completed earlier this year. Elevator one, two, and three were modernized as seen in the pictures here, designed by DLR Group Architects. Also included within the project was one parking garage interior which […]

Communicating Elevator Interior Design Mock-Up Detail Through Video

Communicating Elevator Interior Design Mock-Up Detail Through Video by G&R Custom Elevator Cabs

The pace of elevator interior projects today requires more flexibility in the ways project teams communicate–especially in a world where information is readily available to us at any time. Many of us are still accustomed to regular weekly (or even monthly) meetings in some form–however, this doesn’t mean that we all necessarily enjoy it. We […]

G&R Custom Elevator Cabs Attends 19th Annual Elevator U Conference 2016

Jared Snyder, Customer Service Manager, and John Omorean, Sales Director attend Elevator U Conference in Quincy, IL

June 20, 2016 John Omorean, Director of Sales and Jared Snyder, Customer Service Manager attended the 19th Annual Elevator U Conference in Quincy, IL from June 20-23, 2016. Every year Elevator U brings top industry professionals among colleges, public agencies, and public institutions, together with suppliers of the industry.    

Elevator Interior Maintains Fresh-made Quality at Historic Landmark Building in Minneapolis

A photo of a custom elevator cab outfitted with patterned stainless steel sidwalls, the rear wall features 2 custom graphics of wood carved cuckoo clocks annealed on an interlayer of white, back-painted safety glass completed in 2013 by G&R Custom Cabs.

After losing much of its historic architectural detail through numerous years of remodeling, the Soo Line Building, originally constructed in 1915, was transformed into a luxurious mixed-use rental community & retail facility back in 2013. At the onset of planning in 2012, G&R’s Sales Director, John Omorean, was invited to identify potential elevator cab related […]

Elevator Interior Design: EPIC Solution #GR602e at Double Tree Hotel Modernization, St. Paul, MN

A close up of upper elevator wall panels and coordinating wood grain faced elevator ceiling EPIC Solution GR602e elevator interior design at Double Tree Hotel, St. Paul MN

IMPROVING GUEST EXPERIENCE With a continued focus on improving guest experience, the Double Tree Hotel in St. Paul, MN recently completed an elevator modernization involving an overhaul of elevator machinery, equipment, and elevator interiors. The elevator cab interior design chosen was G&R’s EPIC Solution #GR602e, a stacked wall panel arrangement. From afar you see blocks […]

Custom Glass Elevator Cabs & More at Ross School of Business, University of Michigan

continuous tube handrails with stanchions featuring custom sleeves with brackets along channel locations (rear and partial side walls),

We’re using our highly technical experience in design engineering & manufacturing of specialty elevator cabs to help elevator new construction project managers and architects see their elevators before they actually exist. The most recent custom elevator cab mock-up was completed in our Minnesota facility.

Unique design engineering challenges involved with the creation of Ross School of Business’ custom glass elevators include unique roof support (requiring cantilevering the roof of the car), bar framed stainless steel suspended ceiling (which is partially exposed through glass), glass-only corner joints, and bracket-less corner (floating) handrail with a center stanchion–just to name a few.

Typically, in standard elevator cab design elaborate accoutrements with a 360° view aren’t necessary (because passengers cannot see through the cab walls or hoistway), therefore engineering is less intricate and less difficult. However, in highly customized elevator design it’s sometimes necessary to work though details and display them with a mock-up because onlookers gain a perspective that a rendering alone simply cannot provide. Ken Persons, President of G&R explains:

“Mock-ups are a valuable tool for us and our customers because they communicate more effectively than a picture or rendering ever could. When our customers witness the built structure in-person it brings them peace of mind, for us it’s an opportunity to refine complex details and further consider how we can make the installation easier for the contractor.”

The New Massive Glass Elevator at Mall of America

Custom oversized glass elevator cab at Mall of America, engineered and manufactured by G&R Custom Cabs in Minnesota. Translucent glass front entry doors.

A massive glass elevator cab situated inside a glass hoist way presented unusual engineering and logistical challenges for the G&R project team, introduced to the project because our staff thoroughly understand engineering and manufacturing challenges common in glass elevator cab projects.

Specialty Custom Elevator Sr. Design Engineer, Kevin Harris

Photo of Kevin Harris Senior Design Engineer at G&R Custom Elevator Cabs

Kevin Harris is our Senior Design Engineer at G&R. He has been involved in specialty elevator cab projects for nearly all of his 38 years in the elevator industry. In 1978 he began working at H&B as a part time blueprint runner. It wasn’t long after he started at H&B when Barry Miller hired him […]

“The two old elevator interiors were outdated, and damaged. They hadn’t been updated since 1990.”

The full-depth reveals and corners used in this design are also stainless steel (#4). The new ceiling allows the facility manager to easily access and change the LED bulbs and is a light-weight suspended island frame also faced with sections of stainless steel (#4). The South car features the same accoutrements, but is smaller in size.

  After four years of funding redirection the two elevator interiors (North and South cars) at Hamilton House public housing apartments in St. Louis Park, MN have finally been updated. Working with municipalities, in this case, the Minneapolis Public Housing Authority (MPHA), requires elevator contractors to have laser sharp focus on cost control–which is a serious concern in any […]

EPIC Solution Lightweight Elevator Cab Interior Modernization DGB, MN

A recent elevator cab interior modernization using G&R's EPIC Solution Series 501e.

      The Designer’s Guild Building (DGB) is a six-story warehouse building located in the North Loop Warehouse District in Minneapolis, MN. The owner selected and slightly customized EPIC Solution Series 802e and chose Wilsonart® standard finish Laminate in two-tone color (Columbian Walnut & Blond Echo). For added protection against damage, the wall panels are encased with Stainless Steel […]

Is There Anything More Disappointing Than Trying to Manage Your Elevator Project and Dealing with People Who Are Negative, Unresponsive, or Disrespectful?

  Thankfully, it’s been a while since we’ve dealt with partners or suppliers that kill our enthusiasm and productivity. But we’ve all had experiences working with people who can be described as a “can’t do” person. And “can’t do” people have the capacity to bring project teams down, potentially moving the team from worthy to […]

A Look Behind the Lens With G&R Staff: Mike Hollatz, Manufacturing Design Engineer & Project Manager

Photo of Mike Hollatz, Manufacturing Design Engineer/Project Manager

If your work involves commissioning contractors and/or coordinating activities for construction projects involving elevator cabs, you’ll appreciate the detailed approach and technical focus that our Manufacturing Design Engineer & Project Manager, Mike Hollatz, brings to our team. With 18-years of architectural, civil and mechanical engineering experience in addition to 8-years with G&R alone, Mike’s frame […]

Evolving Interior Design for 3 Uniquely Sized Elevator Cabs at Northwestern University, IL, is not an Issue for G&R Custom Elevator Cabs

G&R Custom Elevator Cabs New Construction Northwestern University

The Bienen School of Music project at Northwestern University, IL exemplifies the logic behind choosing a cab interior manufacturer with the experience and skill to provide both; creative engineering design solutions and attentive client service. This article explains some detailed information about the project, the architect’s unique vision, and obstacles faced in this custom project. The article also features quotes Kevin Harris, Sr. Design Engineer at G&R Custom Elevator Cabs, and Scott Seyer, Principal Architect at Goettsch Partners.

Industry Veteran, Dave Flint talks about why he specified G&R during his career

Photo of Mr. Dave Flint at Elevator U 2015

“…You don’t always have that luxury [of planning] when you work in [the] schools–because somebody runs a cart through the back wall of an elevator because they didn’t know how to load it to start with, as an example. So, you rely on people that you do business with externally to help you out. As I said earlier, G&R has always done that…it’s been good.”

Elevator Business Flourishes in Andover

G&R, approaching 37 years in the business, has made more than 11,000 custom cabs, by John Omorean’s very rough estimate. One recent project is very close to home — upgrading the Anoka County Government Center’s seven elevators — while another is for a client thousands of miles away — a financial center in Abu Dhabi.