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 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.”
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 […]
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 […]
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.
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 […]
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 […]
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.”
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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.
“…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.”
Meet the Staff: Kyle Bodie | Design Engineer Coming up Design Engineer, Kyle Bodie, enjoys a variety of daily activities at G&R. Although Kyle spends most of his time taking projects from approval into fabrication (which entails validating and developing architectural drawings and resolving potential design issues) he also performs field surveys, details parts using […]
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.