With 4,300 currently active projects, VDA's consultations reach the spectrum of end uses. From subways and airports to symphony halls, from venerated landmarks and hospitals to embassies...
VDA has impacted transportation in virtually all building environments. The firm has designed mail handling systems and has consulted for special equipment applications like rack and pinion elevators, double deck hydraulic elevators, turntables, and vehicle lifts.
Complying with ADA regulations, VDA professionals design and oversee maintenance for systems that represent efficiency, aesthetics, and safety, and—whether projects run several months or span years—provide clients with the innovation and superior service they expect.
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Statue of Liberty
Statue of Liberty Renovation
The Statue of Liberty underwent a $30 million renovation that included replacing the stairs to the crown and making them less steep and more accessible, modernizing an existing elevator and the design and installation of a new elevator that provides elevator and wheelchair access to areas previously not accessible by disabled or elderly visitors.
The year-long internal makeover, was led by Mills + Schnoering Architects (M+Sa). The design firm that specializes in historic preservation retained VDA to provide consulting services for the modernization of an existing elevator previously designed by VDA, and the design and installation of a new elevator that provides improved accessibility for disabled and wheelchair bound visitors. Additional renovations include new stair rails, protective glass throughout the stairway up to the reopened crown, and new heating, cooling and ventilation systems allows for a more comfortable experience.
VDA possesses a healthy respect for the integrity of historic/landmark buildings and regulations governing their modification, and provides the expertise required to evaluate existing vertical transportation systems and recommend repair, upgrading or replacement options to meet the building’s proposed new vertical circulation requirements. The firm has provided services for hundreds of restorations and adaptive reuse projects that maintain their natural elegance while creating stylish, functional structures.