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Where are LULA Elevators Used?

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LULA elevators are the ideal type of elevator for low-rise buildings. LULA stands for limited use/limited application. They are a hybrid between a full-size commercial elevator and a wheelchair lift. There are many benefits to using a LULA elevator over a standard commercial elevator in your building.

Low-rise buildings are the perfect place for LULA elevators because they provide handicap access to a building and have a low cost of ownership, while riding and looking like a commercial elevator. LULA elevators are quickly gaining popularity with architects planning for both renovations and new construction.

Construction Benefits

The equipment and installation costs are substantially less than a typical commercial elevator. The space required to install a LULA elevator is about half of what’s required for standard elevators. The hoistway can be built frolula elevatorm wood or sheetrock instead of concrete. The pit only needs to be 14”, compared to the 48” required for standard commercial elevators. The overhead required is only 102” for existing buildings and 134” for new constructions. All of these benefits are why building owners and architects are using LULA elevators over standard commercial elevators.


While LULA elevators have a lot of benefits, they do come with some limitations. LULA elevators are still a hybrid between a commercial elevator and wheelchair lift. So while they look and ride like a commercial elevator, they do have the limitations of a wheelchair lift. LULA elevators are restricted to 25 feet of vertical travel and can only travel up to a speed of 30 feet per minute. The weight capacity on a LULA elevator is 1,400 pounds and the cab is limited to 18 square feet of floor space. Even with a few limitations, the benefits make LULA elevators the perfect choice for low-rise buildings.

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You’ll have to take the Stairs if you Live at the top of Europe’s Tallest Building


In what might be one of the biggest architectural blunders of all time, Europe’s soon to be tallest building will not have an elevator that reaches the highest floors. In a rush to get the structure built and continuous changes in design, the architects forgot to build the elevator shafts up to the top of the building.

Spain’s InTempo will be 47 stories high and the largest residential building in Europe. It will feature two separate towers that conjoin over 550 feet in the air. The original plans called for the building to only be 20 stories tall, but were then increased by over 50 percent. The original blueprints for the elevator shafts intempo skyscraperwere never reconfigured, causing the builders to only make the shafts reach the original 20 stories.

The biggest problem? The InTempo is already 94 percent constructed. With 45 percent of the apartments already sold, there will inevitably be some very unhappy tenants who live on the higher floors. With no elevators to help bring belongings above the 20th floor, it will be an excruciating move in for many. After news leaked about the elevator gaffe, the project’s architect Roberto Guerras said that apartment sales are slowing down.

With the building almost complete, it won’t be possible for the elevator shafts to be extended. The only viable option would be to build external elevator shafts. However, the financing on the building has already been a disaster, with several backers holding the debt of the original bank who loaned the money for the construction. With money also being a problem, there may not be any finances available to build external elevators. So if you are looking for an apartment with a free workout program, move into the top floor of the InTempo!

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Baby Born in Elevator named “Ella”

Baby Born on Elevator

Many parents name their kids after cities where they were conceived, after relatives, or even movie characters. But one baby in Europe was named after the place her mother was when she gave birth. A baby girl that was safely delivered in a broken down elevator has been rightfully named Ella.

Melissa Cavanagh called paramedics to her home when she started having contractions at her apartment in Rowley Regis. Her apartment is located on the ninth floor of her complex. After waiting for 20 minutes, Cavanagh came to terms with the fact her baby wasn’t going to wait much longer to enter the world.

Three paramedics arrived at the scene and quickly ruled out the option of using the stairs to get the heavily pregnant Cavanagh to the ambulance. Cavanagh, the three paramedics, and her boyfriend Paul Yeomans entered the elevator when it came grinding to a halt. While waiting for help, Cavanagh’s baby decided it was time to exit the womb. The paramedics had to deliver the baby girl right there inside the elevator.

One paramedic said that they could hear the fire department desperately trying to get into the elevator during the delivery. After 45 minutes of being trapped the firemen were able to pry open the doors and Cavanagh, her boyfriend, and newborn baby were able to be transported to the hospital.

Cavanagh gave birth to a healthy baby girl weighing 6 pounds and 10 ounces. In honor of where she was born, Cavanagh decided to name her baby “Ella”, short for elevator. That baby will definitely have a great story to tell when introducing herself at school when she gets older.

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What is a LULA Elevator?

LULA Elevators

LULA stands for limited use/limited application. LULA elevators are the ideal elevator for low-rise buildings. There are many benefits to choosing a LULA elevator over a full-size commercial elevator during construction and throughout the life of the elevator. Great for renovations and new construction, LULA elevators are starting to gain popularity.

A LULA elevator is a hybrid between a full-size commercial elevator and a wheelchair lift. It looks and rides just like any other elevator. The sole function of a LULA elevator is to provide handicap accessibility to a building.

BenefitsHandicap Accessibility

Cost – Equipment and installation costs are substantially less than a standard commercial elevator
Footprint – The amount of space required is about half of what is required for a standard elevator
Hoistway Construction – Can be built from either wood or sheetrock instead of concrete
Pit – Only a 14” pit is required, significantly shallower than the 48” required by standard elevators
Overhead – Only 102” is required for existing buildings and 134” for new construction
Cost of Maintenance – Only requires maintenance every six months instead of every month. Cost of ownership is extremely lower than a standard elevator.


• Limited to 25’ of vertical travel
• Max travel speed is 30’ per minute
• Weight capacity is 1,400 pounds
• Cab space is limited to 18 square feet of floor space

If you need to provide handicap accessibility to your building, a LULA elevator is a great alternative to a commercial elevator. The overall cost of ownership is substantially lower and you won’t have be sacrificing quality.

Man Climbs Massive Bailong Elevator

Bailong Elevator

In an earlier post we showed you some of the most unique elevators from around the world. One of those elevators, the Bailong elevator in China, was recently scaled by a French man. He managed to climb the 564 foot elevator with no safety equipment.

The Bailong elevator is a massive structure that brings riders up for a one-of-a-kind view of the quartzite sandstone pillars. French daredevil Jean-Michel Casanova decided that instead of ride the elevator cab to the top, he would just climb.Rock Climber

The Bailong elevator is also known as the “Hundred Dragons” elevator. It was opened 10 years ago and is situated in a mountain range near Zhangjiajie. The elevator is composed of shafts inside the mountain and a steel structure outside of the mountain. Casanova climbed the steel structure on the outside.

The most amazing part of this feat is not that he had the upper body strength and guts to climb 564 feet, it’s that he did it with no safety equipment. There was no net to catch Casanova if he fell, no safety wire connecting him to the structure. All Casanova needed was a pair of green and black sticky sneakers to aid him in his ascent.

Spectators watched in awe as Casanova climbed the 564 foot elevator in 68 minutes and 26 seconds. If you aren’t a skilled climber like Casanova, you can take the conventional way up in about one minute. Casanova has been a rock climber since the age of five and climbed the Eiffel Tower in 1989 and a decade later climbed the Brooklyn Bridge dressed as Spider-Man.

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