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Louis "LJ" Blaiotta, Jr. on Monday, July 8, 2019 at 12:00:00 am
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Lou’s Lessons July 8, 2019
Columbia Creates Captivating Cabs with Lighting
High on the list of dramatic advancements in creating captivating cab designs is the treatment of lighting. While ceiling-mounted “downlighting” remains in play, largely gone are the once-standard incandescent and fluorescent bulbs. They have been replaced by LED (Light Emitting Diode) fixtures. Consuming significantly less energy than standard bulbs, LED is far more eco-friendy and cost-efficient. They also support building owners’ applications to obtain LEED® (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification.
Among this technology’s most profound impacts on the cab experience is its ability to produce stunning color ambience in varied and unusual positions within the cab via use of different lighting frequencies on the Kelvin scale. Instead of placing lighting in the ceiling in a downward facing arrangement, it can now be installed above a drop ceiling to make the canopy glow. And, instead of perimeter lighting, wall panels can be made to illuminate and glow by installing LED lighting behind them. Different effects can be achieved depending on the material used for the wall, for example, by combining yellow/orange lighting with stainless steel panels to approximate a bronze look.
Lighting today is a major component of the market’s demand for advanced elevator design, allowing for astonishing wall and ceiling treatments. Another current trend is to place lighting in the throat of the jamb surrounding the elevator entrance, indicating the cab’s arrival and departure as it enters and leaves the floor.
Lighting designers today are no longer restricted to only round or tubular bulbs. LED fixtures can be virtually any other shape: square, rectangular, triangular, even in linear format to create glow behind handrails, and their small size makes them adaptable to an infinite number of lighting applications.
Louis "LJ" Blaiotta, Jr. on Monday, June 3, 2019 at 12:00:00 am
Receiving Ellie Awards Elevator World, the elevator industry’s leading global trade publication, presented Columbia Elevator Products co-founder Marie Blaiotta and CEO LJ Blaiotta the prestigious Ellies Award in two key categories: Best Cab Supplier - Cabs and Best Supplier - Doors.
At Columbia Elevator, we are getting more and more requests to create captivating elevator cabs with finishes that include marble, tile, and stone. This is especially in high-end hotels and commercial buildings. To accommodate the increased use of stone materials in an elevator’s design, there is a growing trend toward synthetic quartz, a material that is virtually indistinguishable from natural material.
Using natural stone would present deflection and load-level issues in the smooth vertical operation of the elevator. In response to today’s trends, stone suppliers have found ways to produce and supply the industry with thin slices of material to help lighten the load and stress on the lifting equipment. To keep incredibly thin panels strong, stable, flat, and safe, they are supported by honeycomb backing that does not support combustion.
Cutting-edge technology allows for stone elevator panels that are light in weight, while maintaining the beauty of the natural look. In these types of cabs, Columbia Elevator installs lightweight panels that
In order to produce these light weight panels comprised of only 3/8” thick stone, an interesting fabrication technique is used. Honeycomb reinforcement backing sheets are glued to both sides of a 3/4"-thick slab of stone. Using diamond wire, the slab is then split into two identical 3/8”-thick pieces and separated to reveal two identical mirrored (or book matched) stone panes. The surfaces are then polished or finished to the customer's preferences.
Using these techniques will allow you to ride in ‘stone elevators cab’ interiors that safely address the weight issue and allow for beautifully finished interiors.
Louis "LJ" Blaiotta, Jr. on Monday, May 6, 2019 at 12:00:00 am
Cab by Columbia elevator, installed at the Philadelphia Museum in anticipation of a visit to the facility by Pope Francis. Rimex Metals contributed the side and back panels, consisting of T22 Platinum Nickel Hairline FPR (Finger Print Resistant) finish with a 3-inch Diamond Pattern.
Stainless steel is not the only metal design finish we use to create captivating Columbia Elevator cabs. Advanced cab design with metals can include the use of woven wire.
Yet another leap forward in metal-based cab design is the emergence of upgraded polishing techniques that produce the faux impression of three-dimensional elements on a flat surface.
Back in the day, we created various effects by manually striking the metal sheet with a hammer, and/or implementing the best look we could with the then-available punch press equipment. Today’s advanced technologies and materials reduce the need to manually create patterns.
In the past, when we bought a sheet of diamond plate, and specified a cutout where the buttons were to go, there was no way to prevent cutting through one or more of the diamonds, thereby resulting a rough, unbalanced look. Today, with the tooling we have in the industry, we
Bottom line is that the advancements in punch press equipment allow us to create all types of nuanced, rather than overall consistent, finishes. Still, we don’t have to use metals or glass to finish a cab. Have you seen marble, tile, and stone finishes in elevators? Come back for our next lesson about how the industry can operate elevators safely using these ‘heavy’ materials.