Very few if any consulting firms are advertising their ability or willingness to
provide escalator consulting services related to the replacement or modernization
of escalator equipment. For some they generally lump this service in with their
main focus of elevator modernization which the two could not be more different. Replacement
of any escalator equipment in any building is a very public procedure that does not
hide in a hoistway and must be dealt with in a much different method from a Project
Management standpoint. Although it seems relatively straight forward to replace
a set of escalators, the unforeseen conditions, timeframe and surrounding related
work varies with every installation we have ever participated in.
Our first step with these Projects is to perform a detailed feasibility study outlining
what related work will need to take place, proposed barricade layouts, building upgrades
that may be required to conform to current code and formulation of a detailed schedule
associated with the entire Project. Part of our due diligence is to identify the
three methods of replacement, direct replacement or a complete or partial modernization.
Based upon type of equipment, building layout, the clients ability to deal with
a certain level of disruption all are deciding factors for our recommendation.
After our recommendation is made we prepare complete bid packages for both the escalator
work and the related building work, put them out to bid, and assist the client with
the negotiation process. Once this is complete we see the Project to completion
and perform a thorough commissioning inspection of both the escalator work and the