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2117 Bush St.
San Francisco, CA



rich AT blaska DOT com




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All non-federal public conveyances (elevators, escalators, etc.) in California fall under the jurisdiction of the 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 sound."

Another authority in California is the Division of the State Architect (DSA), which includes jurisdiction over the design and construction of public schools

Both OSHPD and 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.  Click on the image or the text to open a page associated with that project:

CPMC, San Francisco, CA
Contractor:  Otis Elevator Company   
Major alteration of four gearless traction passenger elevators in a general acute care hospital.  The work included new elevator controllers and extensive reinforcement of the elevator guide rails. 
Stanford Hospital, Palo Alto, CA
Contractor:  KONE Inc.   
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, Cupertino, CA
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.