Elevator Design in New Buildings
A vertical transportation expert is an integral member of the design team whenever a new building with elevators or escalators is being developed. KJA is proud to be the largest vertical transportation firm in Canada and trusted by several architectural and design firms across the world. We are brought in early in the process to ensure the elevating devices work for the intended type of building and occupancy. KJA uses a unique and proprietary simulation program to model the building and run multiple simulations to determine the real world performance of the building.
KJA has designed all types of buildings such as hospitals, schools, office buildings, hotels, retail malls, complicated multi-use or special use facilities. We have the capability to truly understand the performance of buildings with dedicated freight cars, sky lobbies with high speed shuttles, and destination oriented systems.
We understand the development process and the construction process and can manage the specification of the elevator system, procurement and construction in the final building.
Some Recent Designs on new installation:
The Residences of the Ritz-Carlton, Toronto
Designed by Kohn Pederson Fox, this prestigious 53-storey building incorporates a condominium sky-lobby above the hotel section of the building.
KJA was involved in all aspects of the vertical transportation, from the conceptual design and development, traffic simulations, customized elevator layout options, preparation of technical specifications, detailed contract arrangements, drawing reviews, installation supervision and final commissioning.
Particular attention was devoted to ride quality with noise and vibration levels minimized to reflect the luxurious standards of the condominium and hotel.
10 York Street, Toronto
Developed by Tridel, this 69-storey building design plus mechanical penthouse includes low-rise and high-rise passenger elevators, parking elevators and freight elevators.
KJA was involved in the design development phase, traffic simulations, custom elevator layouts, specifications, contract arrangements, drawing reviews, project supervision and final commissioning.
Wallman Architects designed the building with Del Condominium taking over condominium management duties.
The Bow, Calgary
This building uses multi sky-lobby office levels designated as garden courts. At ~55 storeys the building area totals ~1.65 million ft2.
The design team brought together Zeidler and Foster and Partners and Canadian engineers in a cohesive group.
This design uses high-speed express shuttles to serve from the ground level to the various sky lobby levels.
The combination of high-speed express and low-speed local elevator groups leads to economies in the total vertical transportation plant.
KJA was involved in the design development phase, including simulations, custom elevator layouts, specifications, contract arrangements, drawing reviews and site inspections.
2 Queen Street West, Toronto
Redevelopment of a heritage building alongside Zeidler Partnership Architects.
The project included the installation of two machine-room-less passenger elevators and one machine-room-less service elevator.
KJA was involved in the design development phase, including simulations, custom elevator layouts, specifications, contract arrangements, drawing reviews, site inspections and commissioning.