How much does an elevator cost?
June 27, 2011 8:56 AM Subscribe
How much would it cost to install an elevator in a five-story commercial building?
posted by valkyryn to Grab Bag (14 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
So there's this awesome nineteenth-century building near where I work. The first floor is a retailer, but the top four floors are empty. Turns out there used to be an elevator going up the whole way, but it was removed years ago for tax reasons. There's currently a stairway going up to the second floor, but access to the top three floors is by ladder and trap door.
I think this 1) is a shameful waste of space, and 2) would be a fantastic building to re-hab into mixed-use commercial/residential. I'm pretty comfortable estimating the cost of remodeling the upper floors for residential use, but I've got absolutely no idea how much it would cost to install a new elevator. I've found a bunch of estimates for residential elevators, i.e. handicapped-access stuff for private homes, but little on institutional-type commercial elevators.
The thing should be big enough to move standard furniture, but we're probably not talking about an actual freight elevator here. The 1500-2000 pound capacity of most elevators I've seen should be plenty.