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Universal Design in 2014

On November 18th, the Home Builders and Association of Connecticut, hosted the 2014 HOBI awards. Elevator Service Company, being winners of previous awards: 2012 Best New Construction Technology, and 2012 Best Optional Upgrade, we were of course, in attendance. Although we did not receive any awards this year, we did receive and unexpected bonus. Elevator Service Company and one of our contracted projects was a focus feature article in the 2014 Fall edition of the triennial Connecticut Builder Magazine.

The article focuses on two features. One, the need for Universal Design in modern home building, and two, how some builders are achieving that need.

Universal Design, is the design of products and environments to be usable by all people, to the greatest extent possible, without the need for adaptation or specialized design. An in-home elevator is an answer to the need for Universal Design in the changing landscape of home building.

At one time, an in-home elevator was considered a luxury amenity. But as the need for homes to fit so many different requirements, for so many different lifestyles, an in-home elevator has become a necessity. “The high cost of land and the desire for more special purpose living space, has pressured builders to finish the basements and attics in new and remodeled homes. At the same time, accessibility and aging in place features are increasingly expected, and require builders to make their homes usable by everyone, regardless of their age or ability.” An in-home elevator covers all of these challenges.

The project, Deer Valley North in Ellington, CT, shows how the builder, Santini Homes, uses in-home elevators to fulfill the need for Universal Design. Santini Homes chose the Symmetry hydraulic, which us at Elevator Service Company, represent. The lifts, 10 units in total, fit the specification of all the new elements for homebuilding, and then some. Offering the quietest, smoothest ride possible, the units run from the basement level to the second floor.

As builders face more and more challenges, companies will need to rise to the occasion to over come them. You can be that Elevator Service Company will be there to help companies, customers, and consumers rise.

For more on the Connecticut Builder Magazine, click here.
For more on Deer Valley Homes, click here.
For more on Santini Homes, click here.

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2014 HBRA Charitable Foundation Dinner

Back in early September, we ran a post on how Elevator Service Co gives back to our community. We feel it’s unfair to just highlight the good we do, when many of the associations we are connected to, or are apart of, do so much.

Friday night, November 7th, 2014, The Home Builders & Remodelers Association of Central Connecticut is hosting the 2014 Dinner and Benefit Auction. Elevator Service Co will be there to not only partake in the Silent Auction, but we also had 3 items available to bid: a % off a residential elevator, VPL, and a full installation of a straight chair lift.

Previous years, significant donations have been made to Charities such as: The Jimmy Fund, Jonathan’s Dream, The Channel 3 Kids Camp, and The Salvation Army. There was envy and endowed fund established for the UConn Health Center for the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.

For more on the HBRA of Central Connecticut click here.

Welcome to the Team!

Elevator Service Co would like to give an official warm welcome to the latest member our sales team, Keith Domack.

Keith has over 30 years of retail management experience in the Southern New York and Western Connecticut regions. He’s a United States Navy vet, a husband, and a father. When he’s not working he’s either spending time with his beloved Golden Retrievers, or you can find him lost on the links.

Keith will be representing all of Elevator Service Companies product line, maintenance contracting, service, and repair issues in our New York areas. His main office location in Millbrook, will look to service Dutchess, Orange, Putnam, and Westchester Counties. His 30+ years of customer centered experience will be there every step of the way with any and all elevating inquiries.

Take a moment to welcome Keith to the Elevator Service Company family.

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Western New England Home Show

This weekend marks the last home show of the season for Elevator Service Co. The 22nd Annual Western New England Home Show, presented by Jenks Productions, is Western Connecticut’s biggest home show. Located at Western CT State Universities, O’Neil Center in Danbury CT, this show boasts a surplus of options for any home improvement project you have planned.

The 22nd Annual Western New England Home Show has an “impressive list of exhibits includes building materials, contractors, decorators, doors & windows, pools & spas, heating & cooling systems, kitchens, cookware, water purification, cleaning service, energy companies, satellite TV, lawn & garden, baths, outdoor living spaces, cookware, security systems, roofing, real estate, banks & mortgage companies.”

Like the previous shows this year, Elevator Service Company will be on hand to talk about all our products and services. Do you have a business that needs to be AIA compliant? Come down to our booth and talk with one of experts. Do you have need to make your home more accessible to any one with mobility issues? From staircharis to wheelchair lifts, we have an array of products that will fit your home, and fit your budget, we will be on hand to answer all your questions.

Come and see us at booth #801 this weekend.

WHEN: March 22nd & 23rd 2014
WHERE: O’Neill Center Western CT State University, University Boulevard, Danbury, CT 06810
TIME: Saturday – 11am-8pm, Sunday – 11am-5pm
BOOTH: #801

Free admission ticket here!

ESCO and the Center for Disability Rights

With the 67th Connecticut Home & Remodeling Show wrapping up, we have even more news coming in. On March 1st, Elevator Service Companies own Paul Farnsworth, received an invite from the Center for Disabilities Rights (CDR) to serve on a Blue Ribbon Commission. This one time commission goal is to help identify, both individuals and organizations, to help the CDR grow and advocate its goals.

The CDR is a membership organization of individuals with disabilities. They operate a Center for Independent Living, which provides services to individuals and their families. Also the CDR provides information, technical assist and education to businesses, government, and members of the community. While advocating for people with disabilities and their issues, the CDR brings their issues from a local level all the way to the national stage.

Elevator Service Companies extensive understating of ADA compliance, and our products will be a key factor in the commission. We understand the difficulty many people face when their mobility becomes less than optimal, and Paul will bring his years of knowledge and experience to the table.

For more information on the Center for Disabilities Rights visit their website

67th Connecticut Home & Remodeling Show

Coming off of the The 2014 Home Show last weekend at Foxwoods Resort Casino, Elevator Service Co is already packed for the next home show of the season. This weekend is the 67th Connecticut Home & Remodeling Show, at the CT Convention Center in Hartford. The Connecticut Home & Remodeling Show is “Connecticut’s largest and longest running Home and Remodeling Show.” This long time running show brings the best the state has to offer is the areas of home improvement, building, and remodeling.

The Connecticut Home & Remodeling Show boasts a 400+ booth count. From home financing, to indoor/outdoor security, to backyard iceskating rings, this show has something to offer every homeowner. After the tour of the show booths, don’t forget to check The “Design Feature” schedule. This year, there are 18 different events aimed to help all homeowners. From doing tile, to the new health care laws, to talks on classic timeless design. If you own your own home, or plan on improvement to it this year, or plan to purchase your own home soon, this is the show to come to.

Elevator Service Co, has so much to offer attendees of the 67th Connecticut Home & Remodeling Show. If you have loved ones who are disabled, require wheelchair access, or no longer have the mobility that they use to have, we have products designed for just that. Our line of Vertical Platform Lifts and Inclined Wheelchair Lifts can be installed to easily and safely raise anyone with a wheelchair or power-chair. Our exclusive Acorn Stair Lifts can be installed for straight and curved stair ways, to improve mobility floor to floor, without disrupting the integrity of your home.

We are also debuting a brand new product this year. Recently we just became the exclusive dealer for Connecticut and New York, for ConvetaStep Platforms. ConvetaStep Platforms offer the same benefits of a traditional wheelchair ramp, but with out taking up so much space, and at a fraction of the cost.

Come by booth #1124 to see our sales specialists and our wide range of products and services.

[box centered_title=”false” inner_padding=”small” with_bg=”true”]67th Connecticut Home & Remodeling Show
WHEN: February 28th – March 2nd
WHERE: Connecticut Convention Center, 100 Columbus Boulevard, Hartford, Connecticut 06103
SHOW HOURS: Friday – 5pm-9pm, Saturday – 10am-8pm, Sunday – 10am-5pm
TICKETS: $12: Regular Admission, $9: Senior Admission (65+)

Home Show Season Starts Now

Elevator Service Company kicks off the Home Show season, this Saturday and Sunday at Foxwoods Casino Resort, in Ledyard Connecticut.

Hosted in the luxurious Premier Ballroom of the MGM Grand, The 2014 Home Show, presented by Red Stone Promotions, Inc, is a showcase of companies and products aimed at current and future homeowners. From kitchens, to backup generators, and of course, elevators and lifts, there are over 200 booths, each tailoring to your home needs.

If you are a homeowner, we will have our most experience staff on hand to talk to you about all of our available products. Interested in our exclusive Pneumatic Vacuum Elevator? We can answer all your questions, from pricing to installation. Do you have a family member who needs more mobility up and down stairs? Talk to us about our stair chairs. We can work with any stair case, straight or curved, to get you living more freely. We have lifts that will tailor to any need you have.

Our services don’t stop with new installs. If you have an existing lift, talk to us about retrofitting or maintaing your lift to keep it running smoothly and code compliant for years to come. And if you are a contractor, builder, or developer, talk to us about our different packages.

So come see us at booth #416, at The Home Show 2014, presented buy Red Stone Promotions, Inc.

WHEN: February 22nd & 23rd 2014
WHERE: Foxwoods Resort Casino in The Premier Ballroom, 39 Norwich-Westerly Rd, Ledyard, CT 06338
TIME: Saturday – 11am-8pm, Sunday – 11am-5pm

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