SERVING THE COMMUNITY
The Emigrant Savings Bank at 10 Downing Street in Manhattan serves the long-time residents of Greenwich Village, many of whom are seniors who still like to do their banking face-to-face. They come in, take a look at the stairs, and wonder if there is a better way to get to the tellers. Now the branch manager, who knows most of them by name, can tell them that there is a better way: a new vertical lift.
Our goal was to make sure the end users have as much confidence in the lift as they have in their bank, so an off-the-shelf lift would not be enough. We took a standard vertical platform lift and wrapped it in stainless steel and glass in a unitized assembly that could be installed in the field quickly. An archway was cut into the existing thick brick wall for the for the upper landing gate, and the curved glass balustrade on the adjacent stair really adds drama to the design. It was a pleasure working with the contractor, the other trades, and the bank on this prestigious project.
One of the unique challenges with this design was the doors hinging opposite the mast. In order to support the heavy glass entrances, we used custom-fabricated stainless tubes which gives a cleaner look than cladding steel. INA Building Shop did a great job on the custom hand made pivots as well.
The stainless box around the mast houses the hall stations, an access panel for the disconnect and manual lowering device, as well as all the low voltage wiring to the interlocks and control stations. This required less trade coordination than some standard platform (wheelchair) lifts.
The original design called for the upper landing glass railing to be integrated with our lift forming one side of the enclosure. Although this was ultimately changed to keep the two trades separate, which resulted in a double wall of glass on that side, it actually turned out really well.
Sleek & Streamlined
In this case we did not bury the mast in the wall, but it stands off the wall, resulting in a deeper stainless box enclosure around the drive system. We provided a frame around the Garaventa Genesis drive system to support the cladding and unitize the design.
We used framed glass (1”x2” SS tubes) for the platform sides instead of bare edge glass, which allowed us to use ¼” laminated glass infill panels rather than heavier ½” glass. We integrated the stainless car operating panel into the framing and finished off the car for custom flooring by others with stainless trim front and back.
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