Managing the operations of a building is a little like managing a diverse ecosystem. There is a cast of many with defined roles, needs, and responsibilities, and layers upon layers of dependencies and synergies required to maintain a safe, efficiently operating building.
Elevators play an essential role in building operations, affecting efficiency and determining the ease of access critical to a building’s function and marketability.
However, an elevator past its prime, one that requires more investment and repair to maintain, and an elevator unable to keep pace with the demands and needs of the building, is a drain on resources and operational efficiency, essentially holding everyone back.
Elevator modernization can deliver three key benefits that will improve your building’s accessibility and operational efficiency.
1. Save Money
Although older elevators may appear to be functional, changes in technology may mean that your building’s elevator is no longer efficient, or up to modern code. Today, many elevators are designed for energy efficiency, and over time, can lower costs on your energy bills. In some cases, with regenerative drives, energy is captured from the drive and motor, and returned to the energy grid.
When planning elevator modernization, it’s important to outline your goals for the project and the building, and to make sure that your service provider has credible experience, is listening to your needs, and able to provide up-to-date, practical recommendations that fit your budget and goals for the building.
2. Increase Reliability
An unreliable elevator is disruptive to your building’s ecosystem. It impedes access and interferes with routines and priorities of staff, and it can negatively impact a building’s reputation and marketability. An unreliable elevator that requires frequent repairs is a drain on resources – precious time and money — that could be spent on other tasks or initiatives with better ROI.
Elevator modernization can alleviate all of these concerns by improving reliability and freeing up staff to attend to other tenant concerns, building priorities, and programs.
3. Get Modern
In addition to helping you save money and significantly improving an elevator’s reliability, new technology makes elevators considerably easier and more pleasant to use – for everyone. Modern technology provides for a quiet and smooth ride. Simplified controls, brighter lighting, easier-to-use communication systems, and improved audio and visual displays, provide a more positive experience that gives passengers greater confidence in the elevator and management of the building.
As you consider whether it is time to modernize your elevators, focus on what experience you want passengers to have, what new features will improve building operations, and what goals you have for the building to better manage traffic, allocate your staffing resources, and manage your costs.
If you’re wondering what you can do to improve the operational efficiency of your elevators, or if it is time to consider modernization, give Allied Elevator a call at 856-209-6747. We look forward to speaking with you!