G&R adds a major renovation at the historic Old Chicago Post Office to its portfolio. Render image by 601w Companies/Gensler.
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.
The DoubleTree Hotel, Austin, TX, has recently undergone a complete renovation which included an update of elevator cabs in the lobby and parking garage. G&R was invited to partner with DR Cabs, LLC, because of our extensive experience manufacturing custom elevator interiors involving unique, or atypical, architectural materials. One of our specialities is translating unique elevator […]
The Minnesota Senate Building located in the historic Minnesota State Capitol District of St. Paul came together in just 20-short months of construction. The project exceeded cost and schedule goals by utilizing design-build methodologies. To mirror the goals outlined for this project, the installing elevator service contractor utilized our EPIC Solution elevator interior design system […]
The pace of custom projects today require flexibility in the ways that teams communicate–especially in a world where information is readily available. Many of us are accustomed to regular meetings in some form, however alternative methods of communicating can provide effective results–and it allows people the flexibility to turn their attention to matters at times […]
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.
We dropped in to visit a facility that was renovated 3 years prior and found the elevator interiors looking great. The project began in 2012 when our Sales Director, John Omorean, was invited to assess the conditions of the existing elevator cabs and determine what extent of work would be required to modernize them. Unfortunately much […]
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 hospitality manager selected an interior design that reflected the look of the hotels’ lobby, a #GR602e. From afar you see […]
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 an EPIC Solution system, design #GR802e, 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 Binder […]
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 unworthy […]
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 at Northwestern University, IL exemplifies the logic behind choosing a custom elevator cab 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.
“…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.