VDA is an all-inclusive elevator and escalator consulting firm providing services for the comprehensive maintenance, design and engineering for elevators, escalators, moving walks, dumbwaiters, and lift systems in new and existing market segments. Throughout our past and in our present, these buildings include commercial offices, a variety of mixed-use configurations, Residential towers and condominiums, stadiums, museums, transportation facilities, educational, hotel, religious, retail and industrial buildings.
We have performed New Construction, Modernization and Maintenance Evaluations for all types of elevators, escalators and other systems for thousands of projects. Our extensive experience in the field makes VDA an excellent choice to continue to provide your Elevator Consulting needs.
Regardless of the service being provided, VDA acts as an extension of our client and handles the design of all elevator, escalator and vertical transportation components. We will always act in the interest our client to ensure they are getting the correct services at a fair price with equipment operating to industry standards.
VDA can also help to develop and oversee maintenance contract agreements that best suit the individual clients needs at the completion of the initial evaluation and maintenance audits of the existing equipment. The company calls on its familiarity with anticipated operational issues, while identifying and establishing appropriate contract terms, to obtain desired levels of equipment availability and performance.
Our staff is dedicated to meeting our clients’ needs for Elevator Consulting services. In addition to our New Jersey headquarters, we currently maintain 29 branch offices conveniently located to major client markets and are continually looking for highly qualified people to expand our geographic capabilities.
Capital Planning – VDA can bring an enhanced level of planning and management to all phases of a vertical transportation project. As the client’s representative on matters involving the vertical transportation, VDA focuses its extensive experience on managing all program activities to insure a successful outcome. With a thorough understanding of the client’s expectations on scope, cost and deadlines, VDA provides a range of program management services
Existing Equipment Modernization Services
Elevator/Escalator Modernization – Keeping up with technological advancement, local building code requirements, tenant demands and trying most importantly to stay ahead of the life cycle for elevator/escalator equipment, a modernization program will provide a prudent long term investment strategy to support capital expenditure planning. The typical life expectancy of an elevator or escalator is between 20-25 years. This number can vary depending on the building, equipment’s utilization, equipment type, the surrounding environment and many other factors. Inevitably, there will come a time when this equipment will need to be modernized. A modernization program can be holistic in nature or in part dependent upon the investment term and overall expectancy of equipment sustainability. Improving overall performance and traffic handling capacities through a modernization program will increase a building’s value with a nice return on investment. VDA can complete the necessary steps with expertise in order to provide the most intelligent and cost effective modernization program to suit your buildings needs and tenant expectations. VDA’s phased approach starts with providing a complete assessment of equipment’s current condition followed by our expertise through reporting which will outline the most cost-effective options that will align with the owner’s investment strategy. Finally, completing a technical specification customized to the building and its equipment profile will bring peace of mind and a best in class end-user experience. With branch offices existing in most major markets, VDA is a step away from providing our clients with the expert recommendations they need.
VDA provides a variety of Inspection Services that enable our clients to maintain the safety and operation of the equipment serving their building. These inspections include.
Maintenance Quality Control Evaluation (QCE) – This program provides professional evaluation of the level of maintenance being performed on a building’s elevators and vertical transportation equipment. For some clients, the firm performs these audits annually although many building owners and managers prefer semi-annual or quarterly evaluation. A QCE is typically performed when the client notifies VDA that the elevators are not performing to their satisfaction. If the elevator equipment is under ten (10) years old, then we should suggest a QCE be performed. The purpose of this inspection is to find any potential maintenance related issues that need to be addressed, which would be causing the elevators to be performing unsatisfactorily. Upon completion of the evaluation, we will issue a report with our findings and an overview of the equipment, any code related issues found and immediate/short/long term recommendations. Equipment over ten years of age is getting to the point where certain upgrades may and should be considered. (Door operators, signal fixtures) At that point we should direct the client to another product of ours, the Survey and Report (link to SER under Modernization).
Due Diligence- This product is typically provided when a building is being refinanced or sold. Banks and potential buyers need to know the status of the building and the existing elevators and/or vertical transportation equipment to either negotiate a better purchase price or to see what capital will be needed to be spent in the short term (one to three years) and medium term, (three to five years). VDA will inspect the existing equipment and provide a report that is produced when a client is needing a quick review of the building’s elevators. Typically, the client is looking for any maintenance related issues that need to be addressed immediately and if they need to spend any money when a property is purchased. A report with our findings will typically contain an overview summary of the equipment, and immediate concerns, short and medium terms. The report also contains a Life Cycle Analysis, ADA review, Code and Standards Review, Recorded Operation Parameters and the Equipment Profile.
Mandated Periodic Testing (NYC)/Third Party Witness/Annual Inspection Certification (AIC)- VDA provides “third party” inspection services and/or “Witness” testing of mandated periodic inspections depending on local law requirements. Subsequent to the Periodic Inspection/Testing, VDA will file the required report and findings on behalf of the Client. In addition, VDA will provide a copy of the test report to the Client for record.
Maintenance Agreement – Complementing initial evaluations and maintenance audits, VDA will help develop and oversee maintenance contract agreements that best suit individual client needs. The company calls on its familiarity with anticipated operational issues, identifying and establishing appropriate contract terms to obtain desired levels of equipment availability and performance.
New Construction / New Equipment Design – Anyone can agree that when it comes to a project starting from the ground up, the Elevators will be a critical component of your project. Whether you are an architect, building developer or owner there VDA can provide our expertise and services for the design of all new elevators in a new building, or the design and installation of new equipment in an existing building. We carefully consider the demands these needs create, as well as existing or anticipated building conditions, in order to design efficient and cost-effective elevator systems. VDA’s services would begin at Schematic Design starting with a study of the various user groups programmed for the new building in order to determine the specific vertical transportation needs of each group. Once the types and sizes of the elevators are determined, drawings and loading information will be provided to the design team for coordination of their disciplines. VDA will generally use accepted design principles, to assure proper sizing and quantity of components, in order to reduce the energy footprint that would otherwise be wasted by oversized systems. In addition, we will review latest equipment design, control, and drive technologies concerning their applicability to the project requirements and their contribution to a sustainable building.
VDA has provided our full range of elevator consulting services all throughout the Architecture, Engineering, Construction and Management industry. While the services we offer varies from client to client, what we find below are the most commonly provided services per field:
Architecture/Engineering Firms: VDA has had the great fortune to provide our services for some of the world’s most well renowned Architects and Engineering firms. From Ultra-High-Rise buildings, to Airports, to Residential space in suburbs or athletic facilities in some of the busiest cities. We have worked on them all.
Development Groups: VDA has worked with a variety of the largest Development Groups in our history and depending on the needs of the project, our services have ranged from New Construction down to the Due Diligence of existing equipment in existing buildings to be transformed.
Owner / Management Firms: Some of VDA’s biggest and most active clients have included Realty/Commercial Management firms, Retail Management, Healthcare and Educational facilities and Government agencies big and small.