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Elevator Design Guidelines and Planning Criteria

Elevator and Escalator Design for Office Buildings


Design Guidelines, or Planning Criteria, are an incredibly common question and frequently requested AIA Continuing Education topic.  

As with most anything, there are basic guidelines we can follow.  However, we must keep in mind that every project is unique, and every project must be reviewed before even the basic guidelines are arbitrarily applied.  

Viciedo Elevator Consulting conducts many AIA Continuing Education classes for accredited Learning Units.  Vertical Transportation Design Guidelines are discussed at length in these classes.

With Gross Floor Areas in excess of 300k ft2, please contact Viciedo Elevator Consulting for Design Guidance.








Factors impacting Elevator Design Criteria are:

i.    Office Building Tenancy.  Mixed-Use, Single, Multi.

ii.    Occupancy Rate, Elevator “Users”, “Total” Population, “Absentee Factor”, “Working” Population.

iii.    Horizontal Traffic Flows, Forced Traffic Patterns, Natural Traffic Patterns

iv.    Building “Core” Locations and the Number or Cores.  Are all Work Spaces Approximately within 150’ of a Core Location?

v.    Building Geographical Location and Cultural Alignment

vi.    Does the Building have “Unique” Amenities such as Large Conference Capabilities, Café on Roof, Dispersed Collaboration Areas, etc.?

vii.    Will the Building have Express Zones, High Security Zones, any Zone Altering the Traffic Flows?


There are many, many factors potentially impacting the Design Criteria for Elevators and Escalators within a modern office building.  Viciedo Elevator Consulting is here to be your trusted advisor and get your Office Building Design correct the first time.

Elevator Design Criteria
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