Should You Install Elevator Access Controls?


Many buildings find value in the security and convenience provided by elevator access control. This type of control provide a form of security and privacy to tenants are called access control systems. These systems are common in a variety of buildings, including both single and multi-office buildings, hotels and especially hospitals. They provide or restrict access through card readers located next to the call buttons.


Still not sure? Here is a breakdown of the advantages of using an access control elevator system.


Provide Better Security for Your Tenants
A building with an elevator access control system is a safer building. For example, in a large hotel that includes meeting spaces, a public restaurant and a swimming pool, in addition to the rooms for guests, an access control system would allow anyone visiting the hotel to access the restaurant and meeting spaces, but guests can swipe their room key to access the floor their room is on and the floor containing the swimming pool. Give people entry to the floors where they belong, and nothing more.


Modify Access Based on Your Tenants’ Needs
While managing which floors can be accessed, property managers often find that their occupants may have varying needs. In a office building, often employees are granted entry to floors they do not work on in order to collaborate with other employees more simply. However, many companies find that restricting access between floors after hours is a helpful loss prevention tool. At the same time, a hotel or dormitory would likely need their occupants to have maintain access at all hours.


Choosing an elevator access control system is the right step in maintaining a secure property, which benefits property managers and occupants alike. For more information on how your building could take advantage of the possibilities of an access control system, visit Suncoast Elevator Company, and give us a call at (305) 690-0955.

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Are Your Occupants Waiting Forever for the Elevator?

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Getting Started With an Elevator Modernization Plan
Why should I modernize? My elevators are running. Is it worth the investment? These are questions any building owner may be ask. But, also ask yourself the following:

  • Is your elevator over 10 years old?
  • Will other parts of your building soon need renovating?
  • Has your building occupation been increasing?
  • Do customers complain or experience long wait times?
  • Are you competing with nearby buildings for occupants or tenants?

There are important reasons why this needs to be done sooner than later. It helps to do this process in steps.

Hidden Dangers
Elevator and building safety codes change over time. They can be hard to keep up with. So, you will want to first review what the latest codes are. This way, you can see what changes need to be made to your elevators and building to ensure that they are compliant.

Do elevators free fall? Almost never. Today’s elevators are engineered to make free falls essentially impossible. However, that doesn’t mean people can’t get stuck. As your elevator ages, gears and mechanisms that are used every single day will start to become less reliable.

Don’t wait for a technician to get seriously hurt, or an occupant to get stuck, before you take the plunge.

Write Up Your Plan
Once you have an inspection done and know what changes are needed, you can make a step-by-step plan with your contractor. A reputable contractor knows elevators like a science. They will be able to give you a detailed description of the process. Don’t just go with the cheapest bid right off the bat. Either way it’s an investment. Make sure your new elevator system is going to last!

Don’t Keep Your Tenants in the Dark
Explain how they will benefit when the modernization is done and keep them updated on the project status. Being upfront and posting clear signs will aid in occupant-owner cooperation, and leave you peace of mind.

Modernization of elevators is something that can only be put off for so long. Once you’ve determined it’s time to begin the process, there are a number of things that you can do to ensure that it is done as efficiently as possible. Contact SunCoast Elevator at (305) 690-0955 to find out how they can use their expertise to help you bring your elevator system up to date.

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3 Tips for Evaluating the Performance of Your Elevator System

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Having a reliable and working elevator in your building is an excellent investment, an often-required accommodation, and a convenience for your tenants. Over time, it is necessary to replace, update, and modify your system to maintain safety and functionality. Factors like your building’s age, the frequency with which your system is used, and the age of your system can all contribute to the changes that will need to be made. As you work to identify which components need to be modified, consider these three tips.


  1. Equipment Function


The first thing you should look at is the function of your system. Does it operate smoothly? Have there been any recent incidents where the system malfunctioned? Are repair and maintenance schedules up-to-date? The following pieces of equipment and machinery should be looked at as well:


  • Hoist machine
  • Cab
  • Cables and pulleys


  1. Condition of Cab Interior


Throughout the years, your cab’s interior is going to become outdated and dirty. Updating the visual appeal of this interior component can do a great deal in maintaining property value and helping your tenants feel comfortable. That being said, certain updates to the style and modernity of the inside of the cab can affect components outside of the cab. For this reason, you will want to carefully evaluate the kinds of updates you wish to complete to make sure they are complementary to the existing structure of your system.


  1. Professional Inspection


Trying to identify which parts of your lift system need to be modified to reflect changes in local codes, your building’s age, and your system’s efficiency, can be difficult. Fortunately, professionals who are experienced with inspecting this type of equipment can provide you with knowledgeable insight so you don’t have to replace any more than is necessary. Additionally, they can help you with repairs and modifications so you don’t have to do it by yourself.


For assistance with maintaining a functional, safe, and visually appealing lift in your building, rely on the professional services of SunCoast Elevator. Call us today at (305) 690-0955 and get dependable, experienced help.

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Why Buildings With Residential Elevators Attract More Renters

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City dwellers off all kinds often consider spending a little extra for convenient living. Top to bottom and bottom to top, elevator efficiency remains of paramount concern. Whether you manage suites for the affluent, a helpful home for residents in need, or anything in between, read on to learn more about how a quality elevator system raises the quality of life in your urban building.


Mobility, Access, and Concerns for the Elderly and Infirm

A reliable elevator is more than just a box that moves people from floor to floor. For many people it is essential. Those with disabilities or mobility-related conditions are reliant on lift services. And elevators go beyond the day to day. Moving in, carrying heavy packages and escorting visitors can be dangerous or impossible via the stairs.


Making Moving Manageable

Even able-bodied individuals can find the move-in process tiring and difficult. Apartment buildings and high rises with daunting heights are better able to attract new tenants when reliable elevator systems make move-in easy. A reliable lift makes it relatively effortless to transport mounds of books, heavy furniture pieces, and other prized possessions.


Deciding Factor

Today, tenants are faced with so many options in the multi-family residence market. Considering budgets and busy lifestyles, their choice often comes down to the smallest differences between one complex and the next. “Americans work 50 percent more than the Germans, the French and the Italians.” According to research in the Journal of Happiness StudiesA reliable elevator system is a standout feature that will also increase the value of your building.


Whether you are looking for a reliable local service for elevator maintenance and repair, or you just need to schedule an appointment for a full-scale replacement, let the expert team at SunCoast Elevator Company help. In addition to vital quick fixes and modernization services, we can assist with a wide range of consultation services. Reach our team at (305) 690-0955.


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How the Elevator Propelled America’s Development Forward

We take elevators for granted- simply gliding up and down several stories in a few seconds. Imagine what life would be like without this convenience. We might get a taste of pre-elevator days when there is an occasional outage and we need to take the stairs, but the development and history of the elevator are not something that many people think about.


The Origins of the Elevator

Elevators first made a major appearance in the 1860s in luxury hotels.  They were considered to be movable rooms for the wealthy. These were not small boxes. Rather, they were actual rooms with elegant furnishings.

In the 1870s, the first elevators appeared in office buildings. They quickly became commonplace in large cities that had to transport large populations quickly. The development of the elevator changed architecture for ever, as designers aspired to new heights. When hydraulic elevators were eclipsed by electric varieties around 1900, architects set their sights even higher.


Iconic Skylines

The skyline of our cities would be unrecognizable without the invention of elevators. If you look at pictures of cities from the 19th century, you’ll notice that the buildings were rather short. There would be no great skyscrapers without the elevator. Cities would be quite flat and would not be able to accommodate large populations. The elevator museum in Queens traces the development of the elevator through every phase and takes its visitors through the history of the device.


The Social Element of Elevators

Elevators brought people in close quarters with each other in a way that is still uncomfortable for many people. Comportment in an elevator was the subject of etiquette books, and many people are still unsure whether to start a conversation or not with complete strangers riding in the box with them. The positive side is that the elevator has brought people together through the years and has taken them where they have needed to go.

Elevators continue to evolve. Cab interiors can be made more beautiful and spacious than ever.

If you want to propel your building forward, talk to a SunCoast Elevator professional about the right solution for your property at (305) 690-0955.

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The Inner Workings of an Elevator System

You most likely ride elevators in your apartment building, at your office, and of course in a shopping mall, but perhaps you haven’t considered how these devices actually work. From the moment you push that button, you activate elevator mechanics that do a lot of pushing and pulling for you. The elevator may be on another floor letting people out while it is getting the message that it needs to retrieve you. Elevator routing has become a complex science and is a far cry from the old days when elevators were powered by human attendants driving it up and down.


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The Elevator’s “Decisions”

An elevator doesn’t make actual decisions but has an algorithm that determines where it is going to go. Many of these elevators are programmed to make wait time shorter even if the travel time may be longer, because time spent waiting can be aggravating and awkward for passengers. An algorithm determines the elevator mechanics and direction at a given time. Certain principles are applied, such as following all of the direct requests in one direction before going the opposite direction, even if some of the requests in the opposite direction are closer. This approach is energy-efficient because it requires a significant amount of energy to change directions, and the tendency to continue on upward or downward is usually quicker.


This algorithm process is also the same reason that pushing a call button multiple times does nothing for bringing the elevator sooner. Pushing the button once is the same as pushing it over and over while you wait. But, you can rest assured knowing the elevator is programmed to come in the fastest way possible.


Communicating Elevators

With more than one elevator, it is possible for one to communicate with the other. There could be a crowd of impatient passengers waiting on a specific floor and the car could take care of this while signaling to another car to pick up people in the lobby. In addition, elevators can handle certain groups of floors which can make the process of transporting people, particularly during rush periods, quicker. New developments have made elevator mechanics more advanced, such as control over estimated time of arrival. A computer will send a car it calculates will get to an area the fastest.


As technology improves, elevators become more efficient and easier to use. If you manage a property and feel it’s time to make sure your elevators are state-of-the-art, discuss your options with a professional from Sun Coast Elevator at (305) 690-0955.


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An Even Better Way to Take the Elevator?


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An elevator is a safe method of navigating tall buildings. However, passenger error can often lead to frustration and even result in safety issues. In order to ensure your building’s elevators run smoothly, you have to make sure passengers understand how to operate them. Posting some helpful tips can be a good way to do just that. Generally, you’ll want to focus on etiquette and emergency situations.



Know Proper Etiquette

There are plenty of common rules that people should observe when riding an elevator. It is important that passengers keep the following in mind:


  • Only push the call button one time
  • Allow passengers to exit before getting in
  • Don’t get into a packed car; wait for the next one
  • Don’t stop doors from closing except by using the button inside the car
  • Push your floor button and move to the back
  • Pay attention for your floor and exit quickly


Observing these tips will allow passengers to have a pleasant experience and avoid trouble between riders. In addition, following these tips will allow things to operate smoothly.


Know What to do in an Emergency

Emergency situations can pop up at any time. Being stuck inside an elevator can be scary when this happens. To reduce panic and remedy the situation quickly, it’s imperative passengers know what to do in an emergency situation. Here are some rules to follow:


  • Take the stairs in any emergency situation
  • Stay calm and avoid panicking
  • Alert emergency personnel using the proper buttons inside the elevator
  • Do not try to leave the car without help from emergency personnel


Elevators are actually very safe when maintained and operated properly. Regular use with passengers obeying standard rules should ensure everyone has a peaceful and safe ride. However, issues can happen, and it can be very frustrating to be stuck inside an elevator. So, passengers should be made aware of how to react in an emergency.

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If your elevator is in need of updating and maintenance, give our team at SunCoast Elevator Co. a call at (305) 690-0955. With over 35 years of experience, our experts can ensure a smoother, safer ride for your passengers.


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The Ups and Downs of Elevator Maintenance

You know that in order to keep your elevator running smoothly, you have to have a solid maintenance contract with a reliable company. This involves making sure you choose the right plan. The right plan should balance a quality of service with a price you can afford. Most service companies offer a range of plans. These plans vary in both the types of service provided and the cost.


Basic Plans


In general, the least expensive plan will give you regular inspections where issues will be reported. Sometimes these plans also include general maintenance, like lubrication. Moving up a step, the next type of plan is generally called an on-demand plan. This offers contracted labor rates. It is important to note that in these two plans, the cost of any parts is not included. So, that is something worth considering because it would be an extra cost above and beyond what you are already paying for the basic maintenance contract.


Advanced Plans


More involved plans will offer much more coverage. One option is a full-service maintenance plan. This type of plan includes preventative measures. If there is a repair that needs made, the plan also covers the labor and parts. Regular routine service is done and careful documentation is maintained by the service company. This can take a lot of responsibility off the shoulders of building management. Another option is an all-inclusive plan. This is going to cost the most, but is rather simple is design. You pay one monthly fee and the service company basically manages everything with the elevator.




It is essential when choosing a maintenance plan that building management makes sure to consider:


  • Age
  • Amount of use
  • Past issues
  • Average repair costs


When it comes to securing a service plan for your building’s elevator, you have to choose carefully. While cost is important, you also need to make sure the plan coverage is the best for your needs. To learn more about the best value is service plans, give our experts at SunCoast Elevator a call at (305) 690-0955.

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Storm Preparation- Staying Safe!

In light of the storm, we want to highlight the below building safety points to keep in mind during any impending inclement weather event. Having these measures in place will help keep your building, and more importantly your occupants, safe.

Safety Measures

The more you can do to prepare for the unforeseeable, the better off your residents and building will be during an urgent situation. Emergency preparations to have in place include:

  • Emergency exit lights and diagrams on walls
  • Emergency phone numbers listed inside elevator cabs
  • Inspections of ventilation openings, windows and doors for possible rain leakage
  • Weatherproofing around any leaks, doors, openings and exposed electrical panels
  • Ensure backup power in case of electrical outages- this includes lights, emergency call systems and backup return system
  • Have a clear emergency plan in place- building evacuation routes, designated safe spots and clear staff roles

Storm Preparation

If a storm is near, there are steps that should be taken immediately to prevent damage to elevator equipment.

  • Close all vents and openings at the top of the hoistway to prevent water from entering the elevator shaft
  • Barricade the machine room
  • Ensure all occupants have safely evacuated before elevators are out of commission
  • Avoid entrapment- do not count on the use of elevators once the storm hits.


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“If buildings have elevators that are enclosed, managers should run each car to the center of the building, or to the top floor for two-story buildings,” says Alex McFarlane, director of repair. “Elevators exposed to the outdoors should always be run to the floor below the top. After cars are parked appropriately, shut the elevator down with the keyed switch and close the doors to prevent unauthorized personnel from using the equipment. In addition, place the mainline disconnect in the ‘off’ position to completely remove power from the elevator.”

Regrouping after the Storm

Following the weather event, a careful inspection of the entire system should be performed.

  • Do a walk through with a maintenance supervisor and elevator professional
  • Restoring power to wet electrical panels can be a dangerous mistake
  • Run the system to make sure everything is back up and running without a glitch

Ensure everyone is safe and that the building has been repaired as needed to prevent safety hazards.

SunCoast Elevator wishes everyone the best as we wait out Hurricane Matthew together. Please stay safe!

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Is your Elevator Causing Energy Expenses to Skyrocket?

When it comes to elevators, proactive property managers understand that inspections should be folded into regular equipment updates and repair cycles, in order to uncover hidden issues. By upgrading the right parts of the system and catching issues early, breakdowns and costly overhauls can be prevented.


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Power Consumption in Older Elevators

Problem: Sensitive computer equipment, like the systems that control dispatch, are prone to breakdown or power supply outages. Older elevator motors are notorious for causing havoc. This is because the generator sets on older elevator systems tend to produce harmonic distortions, which in turn cause the computers to glitch.

Solution: Monitoring for these harmonic problems and replacing equipment that is creating them can prevent the computers from completely going down. It is also a great way to deal with slow operations caused by the lower power factor of older systems.

Heat Management

Problem: Electrical traction systems tend to have their equipment housed on the roof of the building. Ventilation is handled through louvers mounted near the roof. This leads to heat issues, as the air is circulating with hot rooftop air. The equipment room can often go above 100 degrees. This in turn leads to heat related breakdowns, which cause many property managers to turn to short-term solutions like opening the access door to the equipment room. The problem is that these solutions only invite in humidity and dirt.

Solution: A much better solution is to install a cooling system for the room, to keep equipment operating at a more ideal temperature.

Addressing the Problems

Making changes to control heat, as well as power quality and consumption, is a great way to achieve several goals that make your facilities operate more smoothly, including:

  • Decreasing energy expenses
  • Lengthening equipment lifespans and putting off more costly maintenance and replacement costs
  • Providing faster service to everyone in the building

If it’s time to upgrade your elevators and knock out energy problems, contact SunCoast at 305-690-0955 to schedule a consultation.

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