Handi-Lift Designs and Builds Custom Enclosure for Boeing Project

April 21, 2011 | By Doug Boydston

Custom designed vertical platform (wheelchair) lifts are our specialty at Handi-Lift. We enjoy the process of working with an architect or client to design a lift that complements the space and blends into the aesthetic of building. We had the opportunity to design such a custom lift for Boeing Company’s ADF-East building in Vienna, Virginia.

For the Boeing lift, we collaborated with Scott Hobson of Area Access. Area Access bought the base lift system and shipped it to our shop. Handi-Lift created a custom design to fit the heavy duty base drive system and the surrounding architecture. The unique design in this project was the glass shoe between the lift and stair that maximizes the amount of glass in the side of the enclosure. Also, the building could not install a pit for the lift, so a ramp and a power door operator were designed and installed so the client could easily access the lift. You can view these details on the Boeing custom architectural drawings.

Handi-Lift hired the architectural metal and glass contractor to wrap the lift with a custom glass and stainless enclosure system and oversaw the assembly in our facility to make sure the design worked and everything fit. Then the lift was transported to the site and installed by Area Access.

These custom designs are a service we provide for our own clients where we sell, install, and service lifts in the New York Metro area. But we can also provide design/build services to other accessibility contractors anywhere in the US, as in the Boeing project in Virginia, or even across the globe. Recently we have been invited to work on projects in Boston, Colorado, Florida, Singapore and Qatar.

Author Bio

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Doug Boydston founded Handi-Lift, Inc. with his parents in 1975 and became President of the company in 1990. Mr. Boydston is a Past President of National Association of Elevator Contractors and past chairman of the Accessibility Committee of NAEC. He is a member of NAEC and the Accessibility Equipment Manufacturers Association. Mr. Boydston is also active in codes at the local, State and National levels and is Chair of the main committee of the ASME A18.1 Safety Standard for Platform Lifts and Stairway Chairlifts.

Contact Doug Boydston: dboydston@handi-lift.com