Determining your elevator needs is the first step to planning an elevator’s design.Â This is called “elevatoring” and can be performed by elevator specialists or consultants.
Elevatoring practitioners are employed by architects to determine the correct number, size, speed, and layout of elevators in a new building. Get it wrong and the building is doomed. Elevatoring professionals must apply predictive analytic techniques to get the elevator design just right.
How a building will be used is important, but so is cultural nuance. All kinds of variables must be considered. For example, people get very upset if they have to wait more than 20 seconds for an elevator in an office building, while they will tolerate 30 or 40 seconds in a hotel or apartment building.
Here are a few more interesting facts:
- Probable stop rule of thumb: 10 people in an elevator serving 10 floors will make 6.5 stops. 10 people in an elevator serving 30 floors; 9.5 stops.
- There should be enough elevators operating efficiently enough to move 13% of the occupants of a building within 5 minutes.
- Standard elevator measure is about 2 square feet per person.
- People in Asia will tolerate less personal space than people in the U.S. and willingly cram onto elevators at much greater density rates.
The total number of elevator cabs must be planned during the design process so as to ensure a smooth ride for future passengers. Some elevators are even experimenting with advanced elevator algorithm heuristics to speed up the process – but that’s an entire other post.