All non-federal public conveyances (elevators,
escalators, etc.) in California fall under the jurisdiction
Division of Occupational Safety and Health (DOSH), Elevator,
Ride and Tramway Unit. In addition to this, all
hospitals, skilled nursing facilities and intermediate care
facilities must comply with the requirements of the
Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development (OSHPD),
Facilities Development Division (FDD). All
existing General Acute Care Hospitals must comply with
SB 1953, which requires these facilities be seismically
retrofitted, "California state law requires hospitals to
evaluate their facilities, develop plans to meet seismic
standards and ensure that their buildings are seismically
Another authority in California is the
Division of the State Architect (DSA), which includes
jurisdiction over the
design and construction of public schools.
DSA projects require submission of an
engineering package that include drawings and calculations
prepared by a California licensed structural engineer.
RCB Elevator Consulting, LLC specializes if preparing this
engineering, especially for the retrofit of existing
elevators. Such projects typically require an accurate
field survey to reverse engineer the affected portion of the
elevator system and the facility that houses it.
Projects vary from the simple replacement of the elevator
controller, pump unit or drive machine to the more involved
seismic retrofit of the guiderail system. The latter
can often require rather creative solutions to achieve the
mandated stress and strength requirements.
Here are a few samples of our projects.
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with that project:
CPMC, San Francisco, CA
Contractor: Otis Elevator Company
Major alteration of four
gearless traction passenger elevators in a general acute
The work included new elevator controllers and extensive
reinforcement of the elevator guide rails.
Stanford Hospital, Palo Alto, CA
A controller replacement
alteration of 1985
Schindler Haughton basement geared traction,
under-slung, 2:1. Includes adding a
Hollister-Whitney Rope Gripper, rope brake.
De Anza Science Center,
Architect: Anshen + Allen
The De Anza Science
Center is a new 46,400-square-foot biology and chemistry
complex completed in 2004 as a new addition to De Anza
College, Cupertino, CA. The facility includes two
elevators in compliance with DSA requirements.