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, along with new heating, cooling, and ventilation systems that allows for a more comfortable experience.
VDA possesses a healthy respect for the integrity of historic/landmark buildings and regulations governing their modification. VDA 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.
Market Segment: Liesure/Entertainment
Equipment Type: Elevators
Project Location: Liberty Island
Completion Year: 2012