Our Practice Vertical Transportation

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Whiteface Mountain Elevator

Winner of the 2019 "Ellies" Award, this 270-foot elevator through the heart of a mountain ensures that the historic structure will withstand it's harsh environment.


NYS Capitol Building Escalator

Studies and design for an award-winning escalator modernizationrespectful of the historic New York State Capitol Building it is situated in.


South Beach Inpatient Building Elevators

Large capacity passenger elevators and one service elevator will serve a new residential building with over 250 residents.

Vertical Transportation

“Our experts offer over sixty years of technical understanding and hands-on experience on every kind of lift, elevator, and escalator.”

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  • Design and programming for new construction projects
  • Full Site Condition Surveys
  • Industry and state-specific code compliance
  • State-of-the-art systems and equipment consulting
  • Owner representation
  • Commissioning services
  • Contract Documents and Bid, Negotiation and Award Services
  • Construction Administration
  • Qualified Elevator Inspection (QEI) and maintenance audits
  • Third-Party Reviews

Exceptional Management

A|r’s highly experienced Vertical Transportation (VT) engineering and design team possess a clear understanding of how to approach and complete any type of VT project, in any type of building.

Our focus is, as always, on exceptional service, project management including trade coordination, cost control project scheduling and quality assurance.

We provide unbiased advice to assist building Owners and Architects with issues and design associated with their VT systems including elevators, escalators, moving walks, sidewalk lifts, and performing art lifts. Our consultant team is familiar with all facets of the VT industry.


Integrated Design

The VT Studio is comprised of seven dedicated professionals, including three Qualified Elevator Inspectors (QEI) and two licensed architects (AIA). We take great pride in our team and ability to deliver high quality design on challenging projects.

As a full-service Architecture and Planning practice, we work in a wide range of sectors, including higher education, healthcare and secure environments, civic and government buildings, and residential facilities. Our VT projects frequently require a range of our architectural services, including:

  • • Architectural Design and Contract Documents
  • • Project Evaluations and Feasibility reports
  • • Sustainable Design / LEED Certified Project Development
  • Ellies

    2021 Elevator World “Ellies”

    Whiteface Mountain Elevator Award Recipient

  • Ellies

    2020 Elevator World “Ellies”

    Project of the Year - Historic Design Award Recipient

  • Ellies

    2018 Elevator World “Ellies”

    Consultant of the Year Nomination

  • Ellies

    2016 Elevator Word “Ellies”

    Project of the Year – Escalator Design Award Recipient

  • ENR

    2016 Engineering News Record NY

    Project of the Year – Healthcare Award Recipient

Awards & Recognition

Over the years, we have earned a reputation for efficient and successful delivery of elevator design and modernization services, particularly in unique and complex installations.


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