A new $ 4.7 million project has been initiated to replace nine aging elevators at three Downtown public parking structures in Santa Monica, California. The three parking structures were built in the early 1960s and since then these devices have not been upgraded.
Though adequate elevator maintenance was done at regular intervals, these aging devices frequently went out of service and required repairs. In addition, these devices did not meet the latest building code standards.
The project involves demolishing and replacing the elevators functioning at parking structure 2 (on 2nd street between Wilshire Boulevard and Arizona Avenue), at structure 4 (situated on 2nd Street between Arizona and Santa Monica Boulevard) and at structure 5 (on 4th Street between Santa Monica and Broadway). To minimize the impact of the sudden shutdown of the lift system on the Downtown community, the elevators will be shut down only after the shopping season.
In order to be non-intrusive as possible, the replacement work is scheduled in two phases. As part of the first phase, two side-by-side or two-door lifts in each of the structures will be replaced. The single door systems will be replaced during the second phase.
The new elevators will meet current city codes as well as the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and air quality standards. They will also feature “gurney access” that enables first-responders to bring people down in the event of an emergency. In addition, the construction process will use building materials that are easy to maintain in a coastal environment and are graffiti and vandal resistant.
Since, the replacement work is done in public parking structures, safety will be a prominent consideration. During the construction period, one single-door lift will remain operational in each parking structure and available for public use at all times. Directional signage will be posted to direct pedestrians to the functional devices. They can also use the staircases, though this will be difficult for people with mobility issues.