When remodeling or expanding an existing building,
adding an elevator can be a challenge.
Elevators have become necessary in almost every new building of two stories or more. Even without ADA requirements, society has come to expect elevators. When remodeling or expanding an existing building, adding an elevator can be a challenge. In new construction, an elevator is normally placed in a central location in the interior of the building. This can be very messy and complicated in an existing building, because of the need for a pit, structural modifications, and relocation of other utilities if they are in the way. For existing buildings it is more common to find a suitable location on the exterior to add the elevator as shown here. The exterior location may be more expensive because of the enclosure, but the interior location can be expensive too in an occupied building.
The key issues of the elevator addition are: