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October 15, 2021

Changes to the NYC Building Code that Impact You

Effective January 1, 2022, several changes to the NYC Building Code and the Elevator and Escalator Safety Code will impact the way elevators, escalators and other City-licensed conveying systems and devices will be inspected and tested in the City of New York. Most notably, the NYC DOB building code will no longer subcontract “Periodic Inspections” … Continue reading “Changes to the NYC Building Code that Impact You”

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September 2, 2021

From the Desk of Garry Legregni Modernization Services

Date 9/2/21 Avoiding elevator shutdowns is the key to running a successful building. Everyone feels the pain when an elevator is “Out of Order”. The key is, to implement a process of evaluation and capital planning, where all the potential factors are taken into consideration.  VDA will develop a customized robust “Elevator Modernization Plan,” for … Continue reading “From the Desk of Garry Legregni Modernization Services”

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September 2, 2021

VDA Elevator Consulting, Post Hurricane Recommendations

SAFTEY FIRST – secure any elevator that was exposed to water/storm damage by having an authorized person safely disconnect Single Phase and 3 Phase Power until permanent power is restored to avoid. BE AWARE OF ELECTRICAL HAZARDS! Ensure entry is safe (no water, etc.) to electrical disconnects prior to accessing that space Confirm that no … Continue reading “VDA Elevator Consulting, Post Hurricane Recommendations”

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August 12, 2021

Proposed Changes to the NYC Building Code that Impact You

IMPORTANT NOTICE TO ALL NYC VDA CLIENTS Effective January 1, 2022 several changes to the NYC Building Code and the Elevator and Escalator Safety Code will impact the way elevators will be inspected and tested in the City of New York.  Most notably, the NYC Department of Buildings will no longer subcontract “Periodic Inspections” to … Continue reading “Proposed Changes to the NYC Building Code that Impact You”

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July 29, 2021

Full Maintenance Agreements Monitoring Best Practices

From the Desk of Jas Kochar Full Maintenance Agreements and Maintenance Monitoring Best Practices Avoiding elevator shutdowns is the key to running a successful building. Everyone feels the pain when an elevator is “Out of Order”. Occasionally, a scheduled shutdown is necessary to perform proper maintenance. The key is, to implement a program, where all … Continue reading “Full Maintenance Agreements Monitoring Best Practices

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July 8, 2021

Due Diligence

From the Desk of Mark DeCocinis Due Diligence evaluation of elevator equipment is vital in the purchase/acquisition of new buildings. A Due Diligence evaluation will help you assess your vertical transportation equipment for useful life remaining, type of equipment and serviceability.  This will allow the Owner to budget in advance for any major repairs, modernizations, … Continue reading “Due Diligence”

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March 4, 2021

Maintenance Monitoring and Full Maintenance Agreements

VDA Elevator Knowledge Center From the desk of Matt Jackson – Midwest Region, Chicago Office Do you know that… Preventative maintenance and elevator reliability are connected hand and hand. VDA partners with our clients to have an effective maintenance strategy. Maintenance monitoring Quality control checks and Full Maintenance Agreement FMA is the process by which … Continue reading “Maintenance Monitoring and Full Maintenance Agreements”

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January 14, 2021

DBPR Elevator Update

VDA Elevator Knowledge Center From the Desk of Paul Parios Did you know that… State adoption of updated elevator codes, like Florida is doing 1/1/2021, could impact your vertical transportation equipment. To learn more, check out the DBPR Elevator Update.

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December 17, 2020

Fire Service Recall Services Available Post

VDA Elevator Knowledge Center From the Desk of George Gagle Do you know that… The Firefighters Emergency operation is the ability to automatically recall, or relocate, an elevator to its designated or alternate landings for firefighters or emergency personnel to gain control of an elevator during a fire or an emergency. Understanding this operation, what … Continue reading “Fire Service Recall Services Available Post”

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November 12, 2020

Seismic Emergency Management

VDA Elevator Knowledge Center From the desk of: Janice E. Clavet – Southwestern Region Do you know that… VDA’s staff in California includes personnel that has experienced the entire evolution of seismic protection for elevator and escalator equipment. This includes the Code changes associated with VT hardware as well as the operational requirements associated with … Continue reading “Seismic Emergency Management”

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October 15, 2020

Accounting for Sway during the Design of Elevator Systems in Ultra Tall Buildings

From the Desk of Rick Sayah – Senior Vice President Is that Building Moving? Yes, it is!  Steel, glass, and concrete might not seem like flexible materials, but when considering tall buildings, the engineers must consider the subtle effects of how these materials interact and move over the entire height of the building.  The building … Continue reading “Accounting for Sway during the Design of Elevator Systems in Ultra Tall Buildings”

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October 1, 2020

2020 ASHE Annual Virtual Conference October 5-7, 2020

You Can’t Stop Progress… Even During a Pandemic! VDA will be participating in the 2020 ASHE Annual Virtual Conference October 5-7, 2020. Please join in and meet with our VDA Consultants Kevin Cunningham and Joe Leist. They will be available to discuss all of your elevator needs during this Virtual Conference.  While they would prefer to meet with you … Continue reading “2020 ASHE Annual Virtual Conference October 5-7, 2020”

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September 24, 2020

Aren’t all Elevator Maintenance Agreements the Same?

From the Desk of Mark Prevot Aren’t all Elevator Maintenance Agreements the Same? Have you ever wondered why you seem to be getting billed for everything under the sun, while you have an Elevator Maintenance Agreement in place and your making monthly payments? A properly written Maintenance Agreement should not only cover the Monthly Maintenance, … Continue reading “Aren’t all Elevator Maintenance Agreements the Same?”

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September 17, 2020

Do I really need to perform Due Diligence on these Elevators?

From the Desk of Chris Shields Do I really need to perform Due Diligence on these Elevators?  When you are buying a building, do really understand what is going on inside that elevator shaft?  In years past, you could go into the Elevator Machine Room and get some vague idea/understanding of the equipment’s condition and … Continue reading “Do I really need to perform Due Diligence on these Elevators?”

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September 10, 2020

Is this Elevator Really Obsolete?

From the Desk of Tom Kinsella   Is this Elevator Really Obsolete? Too often it seems, that Elevator Owners are blindsided by their Elevator Contractor informing them that their current Elevator Equipment is considered “Obsolete”. Obsolescence is when a Part/Component is no longer available to be Repaired/Replaced on your elevator. Elevators have been around since the … Continue reading “Is this Elevator Really Obsolete?”

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September 3, 2020

Partnerships With All Parties Of A Project is Vital

From the desk of: Gary Engelman – Midwest Region Associate Do you know that… Working with an elevator contractor does not have to be contentious…. In fact, VDA prides itself on creating a team approach between Owner/Manager, Consultant, and Contractor. We believe that when there is a partnership formed, we can help facilitate the best … Continue reading “Partnerships With All Parties Of A Project is Vital”

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August 27, 2020

Planning an Elevator Project

From the Desk of: Matt Jackson – Midwest Region Do you know that… Proper planning of Elevator/Escalator Capital Projects in advance, can save your property significant cost and challenges. VDA offers services that can help a building prepare most effectively for the timing and budgeting of any elevator/escalator project… One such service VDA provides is … Continue reading “Planning an Elevator Project”

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June 3, 2020

Elevator Contingency Plan Essentials

Is your Building Shut Down or Limiting Occupants? This message contains important information that could help limit expensive equipment repair or replacement… Mandated building shutdowns and social distancing guidelines mean that elevators and escalators are likely sitting.

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April 30, 2020

Improving Your Elevators Hygiene

From the Desk of: Brian Pacheco – Area Manager- Northeast Improving your Elevators Hygiene VDA would like to pass along some thoughts concerning “Improving your Elevator Hygiene” with regards to Elevators in an Existing Building. These suggestion

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April 27, 2020

Elevators and Social Distancing

VDA Elevator Knowledge Center From the desk of: Rick Sayah – Senior Vice President New Construction Design We are in a new world now and we need to consider new alternatives in how we will design our buildings

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April 17, 2020

Before Shutting Down Your Elevator

VDA Elevator Knowledge Center From the desk of: James Peterlin – Midwest Region Do you know that… Removing Elevators from building power and shutting them down entirely may not be prudent. • Units may not restart once brought back

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April 16, 2020

VDA COVID-19 Recommendations:

VDA understands that these can be confusing and difficult times to navigate through. We want to make sure that you know that VDA is here to help you and your team get through this. Here are

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April 15, 2020

New Salt Lake City Office Location

VDA is pleased to announce our Salt Lake City office has relocated, better serving the State of Utah and surrounding areas. Below is our new address, so you may update your records. 50 West Broadway

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March 17, 2020

VDA Operations during COVID-19 Crisis

VDA is monitoring the rapidly evolving situation surrounding the current 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Outbreak. Our first priority is to ensure that we are continuing to promote a safe and healthy work environment, both within

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August 5, 2016

VIA 57 WEST- Best Tall Building Winner!

As the Americas winner, VIA 57 WEST will now be judged (as one of the four regional winners) for the overall “2016 Best Tall Building Worldwide” award. This judging will take place immediately following presentations

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March 18, 2016

Updates on Empire Outlets NYC

VDA has just entered the Shop Drawing Phase with this exciting new project!
The firm will be providing shop drawing review for the new 350,000 gsf retail space, 500,000 gsf parking structure, 130,000 gsf hotel,…

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