Commercial Architecture November 2015 - (Page 46)
Adaptive Reuse Gives A Lift
To Former Eatery
Hydraulic VRC helps repurpose restaurant
building into government-service facility.
vertical reciprocating conveyor (VRC) to
"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
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
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-
laborated with E-ZPass to find the optimal spot for the
COMMERCI A L A RCHI T EC T URE
tor of Salisbury, MD.
Whiting Turner and Delaware Elevator then col-
connected to the two 2-in. ram direct-acting hydraulic
quartered in Milwaukee.
Find answers to frequently asked questions.
stack-mounted adjacent to the lift, with a flexible hose
tion." Manufacturer PFlow Industries Inc. is head-
Watch a VRC video.
er Contracting, Newark, DE, called Delaware Eleva-
"After completing our site study and determining
View a specification guide.
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
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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
* 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
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