It’s not every day you need a new elevator cab interior, one complete with panels, ceilings and finishes customized to your liking and enhancing your building’s aesthetic.
At SnapCab®, we get that. We field questions from building managers to commissioned architects alike who are refurbishing and engineering their building’s cabs. They’re looking for interiors that are on-brand, convenient to install and compliant, adhering to the rigid weight, size and material requirements of area building codes.
Ordering an elevator design is filled with concerns like these, and an elevator interior company should have the solutions.
We’re breaking down the three primary stages that bring an elevator interior from inception to operation — design, order and installation. We’ll explore how the right elevator cab design company connects the dots between those stages and their key players, ensuring you know where you fit in the interior process, have your questions answered and are on your way to a custom cab.
Who Is Involved in the Elevator Interior Design Process?
First things first — who is involved in the design or redesign of an elevator’s wall panels, ceiling, and rails, and where do I fit in?
SnapCab works with a handful of primary parties to complete every elevator interior ordered smoothly and seamlessly. With more than 15,000 elevator interiors on our resume, we’ve helped design, fabricate and install original panel models to bring these customers’ visions to life.
After all, elevators don’t just lift people between floors. They draw the eye, hold attention, enhance your businesses’ brand, brighten a space, convey an atmosphere and act as a portal between where customers, visitors and guests start, then get where they’re going — all within your walls.
To see this to fruition, SnapCab helps weave many individuals’ insights and expertise together to curate an elevator interior ideal for your space. Here are six of them.
1. Building Owner (BO)
Building owners have many responsibilities when it comes to elevator interior remodeling or designing.
They provide overall decision making and direction on the look and feel of the interior design, as well as sizing and other timeline stipulations or project benchmarks. Ideally, that design matches a budget they’ve set and accounts for the various materials, manufacturing, transportation and on-site installation of the cab model, with a little wiggle room in the event of a change order.
BOs often approach SnapCab with interior elevator design ideas or remodeling needs in hand but no partner to translate it onto paper. Many require guidance to determine the exact elevator interior materials conducive and compliant to their vision, plus someone to help conduct site reviews, write proposals and negotiate installation vendor or contractor agreements. SnapCab can help BOs do all this, and more.
2. Property Manager (PM)
Property managers ensure elevators are running smoothly. This is one of their key domains — the daily oversight and management of these mechanisms, alongside the general appearance, cleanliness, functionality and more of elevators under their helms.
Most property managers deal with elevators when they aren’t doing what they’re supposed to. Tenants may file complaints or building guests could report that an elevator isn’t operational. It then falls on PMs to reach out to elevator maintenance companies or call a technician to fix the problem, overseeing the repair until resolution.
When it comes to new or refurbished elevator interiors, PMs lend key insights into the everyday usage and functionality of interiors. SnapCab helps ensure any PMs are involved in early consultations, where these usage insights become practical knowledge on what kinds of materials will be most durable, most compliant and most convenient to maintain during peak usage and conditions.
3. Elevator Interior Designer/Architect
SnapCab is routinely approached by architects, commissioned by contractors, PMs or BOs on the lookout for a one-stop elevator interior resource. We assist in making your professional designs feasible. This is accomplished through our state-of-the-art industry showroom, one-on-one design consultations, a catalog of wall panel designs and materials for architects and designers to get their hands and eyes on, all to make a more informed decision.
4. Elevator Consultant
Elevator consultants step into the fold to produce detailed, client and building elevator specs for commissioned cab interiors.
Their knowledge covers a range of regulatory, safety and security points essential for an individual cab and lift to be up to code. This means anything from detailing safe engineering and mechanical components to testing elevator efficiency and cab capacities. Elevator consultants are also responsible for ensuring the actual elevator operations are in accordance with BOs’ and PMs’ building needs, as well as interior designers’ aesthetic requests. Once harmonized, you have an elevator with interior panels, ceilings and finishes that will run safe and secure.
Elevator consultants are hired and work on behalf of BOs. They assist PMs in the technical operations and security of whole elevator vertical systems, lending the sort of system-wide elevator expertise the others in the elevator interior design process may have technical blind spots to.
5. Elevator Maintenance Company (EMC)
Full-service elevator maintenance companies provide installation, preventative maintenance, repairs and refurbishment on new and in-use elevators. They are the on-site operations experts, executing the mechanical needs of elevators and ensuring they’re safely and compliantly installed.
SnapCab works with EMCs on a few levels. First, we can match EMCs on behalf of our independent clients, relaying approved designs, setting up orders, fabricating panels and transporting them for on-site installation, which the EMC takes care of. We also work directly with EMCs themselves on their own orders for their own customers, facilitating all the above. Furthermore, we can provide install assistance to help train EMC elevator technicians and mechanics on our simple, patented interlocking wall panels.
We most often see EMCs approach us with elevator paneling requests for their own clientele. Often, individuals reach out to them for a new or remodeled elevator cab. In these cases, EMCs need a design and fabrication cab partner with a mind for easy, intuitive installs — which is exactly what SnapCab does.
We sell our fabricated elevator interior systems to EMCs. This means independent customers who approach us in need of new or refurbished elevator interiors are matched with the right EMC to assure proper installation and maintenance, while we help take care of the design, compliance tests and material fabrication. All this provides maximum expertise and attention at every step of the elevator-design process, so all client types get the best product, always.
6. Interior Specialists
Our interior specialists are at the heart of SnapCab’s elevator interior design process.
Interior specialists are the liaisons between all the parties mentioned above. Regardless if you’re a BO, a PM, a commissioned architect, an elevator consultant, or an EMC tasked with an elevator cab refurbishment, SnapCab interior specialists are here to help. We connect and coordinate cab interior designs with each professional to meet the right timelines — and at the right price.
That’s our job, and we’ve been doing it for decades.
Elevator Interior Design Stage One: Designing
Everyone who reaches out to SnapCab for elevator cab remodeling goes through a step-by-step system created for the utmost ease, convenience and compliance on your part.
What will that process look like for you if you’re at stage one — design — of reconfiguring your elevator cab? It varies depending on your position.
1. For BOs or PMs
Building owners and property managers are often the first to spot the need for a new elevator cab.
Current panels may need modernization, finishes may be fading and laminate might be scratched or scuffed. In any of these cases — and more — SnapCab aims to make a reengineered elevator interior a fun and feasible process, not another management headache. The steps are as follows:
- Build the Design: Using our online showroom design tool, you filter through and select from pre-fabricated cab models, complete with panels, ceilings and finishes. Pick what you like, from colors and features to sheens and handrail details.
- Get a Consultation:Schedule a design consultation where we walk through projected materials, compliance codes, weights, configurations, your budget and more.
- Receive the Presentation Board: You’ll receive a free design rendering or presentation board. This lays out your final cab design, complete with photos of your mock elevator interior for you to assess.
- Approve the Final Design: Review the final design proposal. Once the design is finalized, we coordinate with an EMC to provide you pricing, lead-times, and installation.
2. For Designers and Architects
Interior designers and architects come to us with a vision for their cabs. They provide the template, and we provide the technicalities and materials to see that vision to fruition.
Designers and architects can work in our online showroom design tool if needed. Or, you can opt for hands-on material samples, specs and physical design boards right away, working amongst our vast catalog of cab materials to select those best aligning with your ideas.
Receive budgetary pricing by requesting a quote online, or schedule a design consultation where we walk through projected materials, compliance codes, weights, configurations, your budget and more. This helps to ensure your selected design is in line with your client’s budget.
3. For Elevator Consultants
Hired by either the BO or the PM, elevator consultants are essential to the design stage. They pay attention to the compliance, mechanical and operational requirements of initial cab designs, ensuring a blueprint will work within your specific building.
Whether they’re brought on for an elevator interior remodel or the design of a brand new, ultra-efficient elevator system, consultants will draw detailed specs and outline necessary compliance requirements for interior components. This is similar to designers and architects, but with a focus on safety and operational efficiency rather than aesthetics or atmosphere.
4. For EMCs
Like property managers or building owners, EMCs in the design stage can begin building their elevator cabs using our online showroom tools, forms and quote request, or through an in-person consultation. In both cases, a SnapCab interior specialist will review the order, begin drawing up the presentation board and gather material samples tailored to your instructions.
You’ll receive your renderings and samples quickly, keeping your specified project timeline on track. As an EMC, we sell our pre-fabricated cabs directly to you down the line, once final designs are approved.
Elevator Interior Design Stage Two: Ordering
SnapCab handles its own elevator wall panel and elevator ceiling panel fabrication. This means when it’s time for cab interior design stage two — ordering — we have in-house, end-to-end fabrication capabilities to bring your design off the spec page and into life.
We also test all our materials and elevator system components to ensure compliance — we don’t skirt protocol here. Each order will be up to code, meet cab weight requirements and provide peace-of-mind that you and your customers are getting the safest elevator interior on the market.
1. For BOs and PMs
After you’ve received your presentation board and approved final design proofs, it’s time to coordinate your order with an EMC.
SnapCab elevator consultants will help match you with one of our certified EMCs to complete the order transaction. We know not everyone is an elevator technician — and you don’t have to be. Elevator maintenance companies in your area can offer full-service order guidance and installation of our pre-fabricated systems, meaning one less thing for you to worry about.
2. For Designers and Architects
After you’ve shared your vision, reviewed design specs, hand-selected cab panel materials and approved final design and compliance boards with all parties (BOs, PMs and elevator consultants), architects can give themselves a pat on the back. You’ve crossed your T’s and dotted your I’s as much as possible. Your vision will be transferred into the hands of installation and technical experts who will see if off the page and into life.
3. For Elevator Consultants
Elevator consultants’ technical savvy directs key mechanical and compliance components that will make up both the refurbished cab interior and exterior. To do so, consultants are intimately involved in the design process, working with a BOs, PMs, designers and architects to ensure function matches form.
SnapCab can work as a liaison between you and all other parties, making sure each ordered interior component has been tested for compliance and satisfies everyone’s’ expectations. They’re your specs, after all — we’ll just help you perfect them.
4. For EMCs
SnapCab’s order forms are built to be as intuitive as possible. To help complete orders for your range of clients, we can take you through our ordering system. These forms cover the gamut of information we need to build correct panels, handrails, bumpers and ceiling pieces for a redone interior — and for your happy clients.
While there is no single piece of information more important than others on elevator interior order forms, it’s essential to double check the measurements you provide, as well as provide delivery needs on your project. No detail is too small when it comes to on-brand, on-scale elevator cabs.
Elevator Interior Design Stage Three: Installation
SnapCab’s services round out the elevator refurbishment process into its final stage: installation.
Installing your new or remodeled cab interior requires the expertise of elevator technicians and mechanics. This is why SnapCab puts so much effort into connecting customers with trusted EMCs with the materials and panel pieces they need to get the job done for their own projects.
1. For BOs and PMs
On the day of installation, your mind should be on serving the people or residents within your building, ensuring any downtime caused by the elevator makeover isn’t causing anything beyond a minor inconvenience.
You can arrange for the elevator maintenance company to arrive on location at a time that’s most convenient for all parties. There, installation crews will come equipped with full installation kits, tools, equipment and clean-up materials. You can sit back and relax, knowing your new cab is in good hands. In most situations, SnapCab elevator interiors can be installed in less than a day, reducing the impact on the people who rely on the elevator.
2. For Designers and Architects
Most of interior designers and architect’s work has wrapped up come installation day. However, this isn’t to say your insights and expertise don’t have value here.
Many architects we’ve worked with prefer to be on-site during installation day. They can bolster everything from compliance efforts to double checking the work being done has maintained design accuracy and detailing.
3. For Elevator Consultants
The consultant-SnapCab-EMC combo is critical to successfully installing the new or modernized elevator interior. While the EMCs perform the hands-on installation on that day, consultants survey the materials provided by SnapCab. Most pressingly, this includes ensuring that the wall and ceiling panels adhere to your specs, as well as overseeing the installation to ensure compliance. You can then sign off to the PM and/or the BO that installation was executed securely and all components are up to code.
4. For EMCs
SnapCab aims to make installation day as quick, efficient and effective as possible for the EMC field crew performing the install. So quick that we standardized the process to be done in under a day — even a few hours.
All components will arrive ready for placement. Following SnapCab’s propriety interlocking panel system, elevator technicians arrange and install panels into place inside the cab.
If needed, SnapCab can also send one of our interior specialists to perform install assistance, guiding mechanics through all piece placements.
We hear from our EMC partners all the time how it only takes one round of instruction for their technicians and field mechanics to learn SnapCab Elevator installation. Your time is precious, and timelines can be tight. We’re committed to keeping that reputation strong and meeting your needs alongside those of your clients, time after time.
An Elevator Cab Interior Company Ready
Whether you’re an architect, an elevator consultant, a building owner, a property manager or an EMC, SnapCab’s services work to take the burden of the cab interior refurbishment process off your sole shoulders.
With end-to-end guidance and a proprietary interlocking wall panel system, there’s a reason we’ve helped outfit over 15,000 cabs — and counting. Let’s make yours next.