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PROJECT building technology Adaptive Reuse Gives A Lift To Former Eatery Hydraulic VRC helps repurpose restaurant building into government-service facility. vertical reciprocating conveyor (VRC) to A "With hydraulic lifts you can position the pump move materials to and from the basement and controller wherever you want, so you can work on storage area was central to an adaptive re- it at knee level rather than having to climb a ladder to use project that converted a former restaurant build- access the mechanicals," said Bo McShane, Delaware ing in downtown Dover, DE, into a new location for Elevator site supervisor who managed the E-ZPass in- the Delaware E-ZPass Customer Service Center and stallation. "And you can avoid the OSHA-approved Division of Motor Vehicles Call Center. safety and accessibility add-ons like stairs, catwalks, The process of transforming more than 10,000 sq. ft. of space from a restaurant to a government-service Below. A former restaurant building in downtown Dover, DE, was repurposed to house the Delaware E-ZPass Customer Service Center and Division of Motor Vehicles Call Center. In addition, VRCs have their own national code hauled layout, new furnishings, and the requisite code (ASME B20.1), and are specifically exempt from the upgrades, storage for an ample supply of electronic national elevator code; people are not allowed to be toll transponder boxes, office products, and customer transported on them. Upgrading space in the antiquated basement was design, with all structural elements attached to one basement wall, forming an L-shaped configuration were an inadequate and non-compliant means of ac- with the lift carriage. cess. In an effort to find a safe, reliable, and economic NOV/DEC 2015 are cylinders that lower and raise the lift. The hydraulic lift includes safety features to pro- knew the best solution would be something mechani- tect workers and materials, such as: cally simple, easy to install, and low maintenance," * access gates installed at each level with interlocks that sync with the movement and position of the lift carriage the relatively low number of payloads E-ZPass re- * velocity fuses to prevent uncontrolled carriage de- quired, we recommended a PFlow Series D hydraulic scent in the unlikely event of a hydraulic hose rup- VRC (vertical reciprocating conveyor) as the ideal op- ture situation laborated with E-ZPass to find the optimal spot for the COMMERCI A L A RCHI T EC T URE controller tor of Salisbury, MD. Whiting Turner and Delaware Elevator then col- 46 and connected to the two 2-in. ram direct-acting hydraulic quartered in Milwaukee. Find answers to frequently asked questions. pump stack-mounted adjacent to the lift, with a flexible hose tion." Manufacturer PFlow Industries Inc. is head- Watch a VRC video. hydraulic er Contracting, Newark, DE, called Delaware Eleva- "After completing our site study and determining View a specification guide. The solution, the project general contractor, Whiting-Turn- said P.J. Laviola, DE special applications manager. Circle 12 on the Reader Service Card. The E-ZPass Series D lift is a cantilevered-frame the obvious storage solution, but the rickety stairs "The space in the basement was pretty tight, so we Want more information? The resources below are linked on our website at and our digital magazine at digital/novdec2015. the primary mechanicals are at the top." facility was all encompassing. In addition to an over- paperwork was required. Above. The PFlow Series D lift is a cantilevered-frame design, with all structural elements attached to one basement wall, forming an L-shaped configuration with the lift carriage. and handrails that are often required with lifts where through-floor VRC, agreeing to a location against the back wall away from customer traffic. PFlow Series D hydraulic VRCs are designed for loads to 3,000 lb., and provide carriage platform dimensions to 6 x 6 ft. and vertical rises to 15 ft. * a pressure switch to prevent the carriage from drifting or sinking to ensure smooth, safe loading and unloading * a remote-mounted control panel. "The lift was installed and fully tested in only three days. We prefer to work with PFlow because there are never any surprises when the lift components arrive on site," Laviola said. The facility, which opened in March 2014, em- Hydraulic lifts are also better for tight spaces, with ploys 85 people and serves 1,000 people a month. Re- no overhead clearance needed for the motor and me- garded as the most extensive economic development chanicals, as is typically required for larger VRC mod- project in Dover in many years, the project brings a els. This also provides an advantage for maintenance steady flow of people to the site, benefiting area mer- and code compliance. chants and helping fuel growth downtown. CA

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Commercial Architecture November 2015

Company Profile
Lighting Makes, Breaks Retail
Materials Create Honest Expression In High School
Fabric Filters Sunlight
Exteriors Products
Healthcare Puts Demands On Fixtures
HVAC & Plumbing Products
Aerospace Distribution Center Opts For Intelligent LEDs
Lighting & Electrical Products
Signature Space Created For PR Firm
Interiors Products
Office Fronts Encourage Interaction, Ensure Privacy
Windows & Doors Products
Adaptive Reuse Gives A L ift To Former Eatery
Building Technology Products

Commercial Architecture November 2015