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MEM is the perfect solution for elevators.

DSA Approved Modular Elevators

The Modular Elevator is a dramatic breakthrough that can provide a commercial elevator installed on your site in record time, with a minimum of disruption to your construction project. T.L. Shield & Associates, Inc. is the premier and largest installer of Modular Elevators in the world. We have installed far more than all other companies combined. Our experience installing hundreds of these elevators insures that you will receive a complete elevator in a timely manner. You’ll have no surprises during the setting of the elevator, connection, and inspection.

Reasons to Consider Modular Elevators Over Conventional Construction

Time – Traditional elevator construction eat valuable time. It takes an inordinate amount of management time. In the appropriate application, a modular elevator can greatly reduce the headaches associated with the construction of a conventional elevator.

Space – The modular elevator arrives as a completed elevator and hoistway. You do not have to set aside construction site space for tools and crates of parts. All the elevator components are factory installed.

Quality – Because the elevator is produced in a factory, the elevator is constantly inspected in the process of production. Traditional elevators are inspected once and often fail the inspection.

Costs – Although at first it seems that modular elevators are larger investment, when you consider they come with a drywall finished hoistway the benefits and savings add up quick. One site manager actual found savings in excess of $30,000 per opening. Read the article here.

Modular a Perfect Fit for DSA

Some of the dilemmas that conventional elevators have on DSA projects, are as follows:

  • In an effort to breeze through the DSA plan check process, conventional elevators are typically over designed. OVER DESIGN = HIGHER PRICES.
  • Conventional elevators hoistways, constructed from cinder block, require much greater support. Heavy structures potentially require grade beams and or caissons. HEAVY STRUCTURES = HIGHER PRICES.
  • DSA typically requires conventional elevators to get a deferred approval, hence, everything related to the elevator is immediately set back. This includes contracting with the elevator contractor, shop drawings, design and engineering of the elevator, submission to DSA, DSA’s review, etc. etc. etc. Resolving the relationship between the elevator and the hoistway, and the hoistway and the pit, can hold up progress for weeks or months. DELAYS = HIGHER PRICES.
  • Finally the MEM system and structure is already engineered. Engineering time and expense can be avoided.

The MEM system that we install is cost and time saving for DSA projects. The hoistway is constructed out of tubular structural steel, resulting in a lighter structure, in turn resulting in, smaller, concrete pits. It is pre-engineered and designed with a DSA PC (Pre-Check) approval.

The design process all but disappears. It is as simple as taking a set of MEM Inc. PC drawings and attaching them to any set of architectural drawings. Having a DSA PC approval means architectural, engineering, and DSA review time is reduced, avoiding the back check process. Also, because we are a California company our DSA approval and use it results in freight savings, and significantly lower DSA related inspection fees.

Bottom line. Elevators don’t have to be the Achilles heel of a construction project and the longest critical path. With appropriate coordination, and with a minimum amount of effort, an elevator can be completed in a matter of 12-16 weeks. Attached is MEM Inc. brochure, for your review and consideration. Give us a call at 818-792-4554 to learn more about the opportunities and the process.

We are in California

Our Southern California office primarily provides hoistways and modular elevators to Los Angeles, Orange County, and San Diego and our Northern California office provides modular elevators to Sacramento, San Francisco, and San Jose. But we are able to serve all cities in California for a modular elevator installation so please contact us to discuss your needs.