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Pneumatic Vacuum Elevator Darnestown MD 20878
13412 Haddon Field Lane, Darnestown MD 20878
A flying bridge was extended into large open foyer to create landing page for pneumatic vacuum elevator.
Total Project Cost Nearly $100,000.00
Pneumatic Vacuum Elevator Installation
There are always challenges getting a 52″ by 96″ glass tube elevator into the house. We can usually find our way in. For this project things were relatively easy we took out a front door and its side lights giving us more than enough space to stage the elevator sections. We would have preferred staging the sections in the basement but that just was not possible. But I am getting way ahead of the hard part or what made this project interesting and a good fit for Signature Elevators & Accessible Design.
Pneumatic Vacuum Elevator Challenges to the Install
It was going to be a three stop elevator. 52″ in diameter. We had to modify the main level by perforating the floor. Unfortunatly doing so would block all the light coming into the living room so we widen the two doors entering that space from five feet to eight feet each. Lots of light! In the basement there was a bedroom wall in the way that had to be moved. The owner wanted the elevator flush with the wall upstairs and most basement walls protrude into the basement more than the walls above protrude into there spaces. As a result we created a curved partition wall in place of the original. The apex of that wall was only the thickness of the drywall. So far easy peezy.
Floor Perforations for the PVE
The biggest problem was structural. When you put a hole in the floor you have to create a square hole first by doubling the out side of the hole joists usually with a microlam and always with a microlam when the beams are I joists. . Doubling the joist must be done from load transfer to load transfer. There was a lot of infrastructure in the way. Duct duct, waste and supply line and electrical had to come down for the new doubled joists to go up. After they were finally in the hole was headed off with two microlams and then all the duct, waste and supply pipe and wires had to be rerouted or put back in place going through the additional framing.
Up stairs more challenges
The foyer was open and the elevator would be twelve feet from the landing. The landing woudl have to be extend out to the front of the house and emcompass the elevator. In addition the ballustrade woudl have to be re-worked such that it looked as though it was original and the pneumatic vacuum elevator had been there since the house ws built back in the 1970’s.
Signature Elevators & Accessible Designs
was up for all of these challenges with there unique carpentry and elevator back round. The entire project was done with in house craftsmen.