Hotel Modular Elevators – Benefits and Drawbacks

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Today, I list the benefits and drawbacks of a modular elevator below.


  • Shorter Lead Time: It takes manufacturers about eight weeks to prepare the whole assembled elevator once project drawings are finalized.
  • Better Quality: Every part of a modular elevator is prepared and assembled in a factory setting under strict quality measures.
  • Quicker Install: The time saved by opting for the modular elevator versus a traditional one is significant. Typically, it takes about a week to install and get it ready for use; whereas a stick-built elevator takes several months to be fully functional.
  • Reduced Human Capital Costs: Labor costs reduce due to a shorter timeframe.
  • Faster ADA Compliance: Easier and cost-effective way for existing and older constructions to accommodate elevators for ADA compliance.
  • Increased Safety: Horizontally-built units reduce work hazards and injuries, providing a safer alternative to the vertical build of traditional elevators.
  • Flexibility: Gives more freedom to design and customize.


  • Transportation Constraints: Limitations in the transport, such as truck size and shipping distance, may pose challenges.
  • Limited Stories: Not the best fit for high-rise buildings due to its height limitations.
  • Car Dimensions: Elevator cab cannot be more than eight feet deep.
  • Structural Limitations: Modular elevators are not designed for shear loads, so the elevator shaft cannot be part of the lateral resisting system. The modular assembly can only handle limited gravity loads.

If you are considering modular elevators for your next hotel project or have any questions, feel free to initiate a discussion with us.

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