Architects often estimate the number of elevators needed in a new building using an imprecise rule-of-thumb, or base the estimate on similar, but not identical, existing projects. In some cases, architects seek out the advice of elevator manufacturers, who often overestimate requirements, to make their final estimate.
In this case, RiA was consulted. We employed elevator traffic simulation software, able to accurately gage requirements to that specific building. In doing so, we were able to scale down the elevator system from the planned six elevators to five, saving the developer over $400,000 in direct purchase costs for the extraneous elevator. When the related construction costs and increased lease revenue from recovered space are taken into account, the savings more than double over the lifetime of the building.
Client Benefit: Saved over $400,000