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Empire Elevator Co., Inc., serving the elevator needs of greater Northern California, can be your elevator provider as well.  Call, email or write the professionals of Empire for more information or a quotation for services.  Thank you for your interest.

Empire Elevator Co., Inc. specializes in modernizing existing older elevator systems.  After decades of continuous operation, the controls and drive systems of any elevator can become less reliable, despite quality maintenance.  Breakdowns become more frequent and more difficult to repair as components become obsolete and replacement more difficult.  Though possibly state-of-the-art when new, the control logic that is the brains of your elevator dispatching is now grossly inefficient.  The car finishes your building clientele see every day become dated.  It's time to modernize...

Whether we currently provide service for your elevators or not, we will be happy to perform an in-depth analysis of your elevators.  Often we find that problems you may be having with your elevator systems is a result of inadequate maintenance, which can be remedied with some upfront repairs followed by a better service program.  In many cases, however, the vintage of the equipment, overall wear and lack of serviceability dictate that a more extensive modernization is in order.

Our experienced staff, which included a QEI Certified Inspector / professional elevator consultant, field managers / Certified Mechanics (no "shoe salesmen" here) will survey the equipment and carefully craft a modernization specification / proposal to best upgrade the elevator system.  You can be assured what is proposed, by way of new materials and equipment, are both comprehensive in scope yet not wasteful or unnecessary. 

Not always the case with our competitors, all of our elevator modernizations include professional engineering.  You will receive accurately prepared submittal layout shop drawings, drawn & plotted to scale, reflecting the complete scope of work.  Whenever the work calls for equipment installation or replacement of a structural nature, these submittals will include structural review & supporting calculations prepared by our California licensed structural engineer.  As applicable, submittal packages include manufacturer's specific drawings, cut sheets, samples, and selection approval forms. 

We take great pride in all but eliminating surprises, extras, change orders, delays, false starts, etc.  This can be done only with good site surveys, planning, engineering, purchasing, scheduling, communication, coordination, staffing and follow-through.  Through our advanced program, we take on the toughest, most complicated elevator modernization project including winding drum conversions, drive machine replacements, control upgrades, deluxe car interior refinishes, hydraulic jack replacements, and many more.

Empire Elevator Co., Inc. uses only the best, non-proprietary elevator systems & components including Motion Control Engineering (MCE) controls, Hollister Whitney machines & components, G.A.L. door equipment, Innovation fixtures, etc.  This assures the competitive availability of replacement parts, programs, and serviceability. 

Sample Modernization

By way of example, feel free to review a few of our sample modernization projects listed below (click on the picture or text to open page):


    The Richelieu Building, San Francisco, CA
The job consisted of the complete renovation and conversion of two separate vintage Otis basement winding drum passenger elevators.  The elevators, installed in the late teens or early 20s, were originally powered by city DC electricity but were upgraded to AC automatic operation in more recent years.  After approximately 80+ years of operation, despite quality continuing service, it was time for a comprehensive upgrade.  New Hollister Whitney basement traction machines & MCE controls were installed. 
    1322 Webster St., Oakland, CA
This project involved a complete and comprehensive elevator modernization.  A new Hollister Whitney overhead traction machine, H.W. governor, MCE controls, power operated entrances, cab interior finishes, ADA-compliant operating fixtures, new wiring all were installed. 
  1998 Vallejo St., San Francisco, CA
The single original elevator in this residential facility received a complete overhaul and system upgrade including new AC drive motor & control system, leveling system, door operating equipment, operating fixtures, wiring, car interior finishes and more.

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