February 19, 2015
Re: NYC Elevator Code Updates/Amendments
In 2009, the NYC Administrative Code added a new Subchapter K3 and section 3610-01 to Chapter 3600 of Title 1. By now, I’m sure your well aware of these changes as it cost your buildings significant amount of money to comply. In December of 2013, the NYC Building Code (Appendix K3) was amended and the following are updates for existing passenger and freight elevators that you need to be aware of:
A New Elevator: The Nuts and Bolts
By TERI KARUSH ROGERS
Published: November 21, 2008
UNDER a new city building code taking effect next year, elevators will undergo far more stringent inspections than in the past. Now is a good time for buildings with older elevators to consider modernizing.
An elevator’s useful life is 20 to 25 years. Typically, the first step in the updating process is to hire an elevator consultant to evaluate its condition, write the plans and specifications, analyze bids and manage the project.
In a six-story building, a standard elevator modernization (frequently involving replacement of the cab rather than remodeling it) costs about $100,000, including consultant fees, said Joseph Caracappa, an elevator consultant who is the vice president of the Sierra Consulting Group in Manhasset, L.I.
A project in a 6- to 12-story building generally costs around $125,000, while anything taller will require roughly $150,000 to $175,000.