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Columbia Creates Captivating Cabs with Marble, Tile, and Stone

Louis "LJ" Blaiotta, Jr. on Monday, June 3, 2019 at 12:00:00 am

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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.

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

  • are made using natural stone or man-made materials.
  • are 80% lighter than conventional 3/4" slabs.
  • are supported with a honeycomb backing, made of either aluminum or fiberglass.

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.

 

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