Vertical Wheelchair Lifts
These lifts are the workhorse of ADA compliance in public spaces as well as
providing residential wheelchair users access to their homes.
Highlander Residential Vertical Wheelchair Lift (RPL)
The Highlander Residential Vertical Platform Lift (RPL) is a safe, smooth and economical solution to the barriers porches, staircases, decks and other elevation changes can create in and around a home.
Although many think a ramp is a viable solution to their home access challenge, when the elevation change exceeds 1-2 feet, a vertical lift begins to make more sense. At one foot of ramp for every inch of rise, plus the need for level turn platforms, handrails and secure mounting piers, ramps can visually overwhelm a yard and put a serious dent in your wallet. In our climate, snow removal and upkeep are a real challenge.
Available in heights from 4 to 6 feet and for use indoors and out, the RPL offers a compact, effective alternative. With a 48" or 54" long platform and 600lbs. capacity, the RPL securely delivers you to your door. Common options are Call/Send controls, which allow operation from either landing and an upper landing gate, which prevents a fall hazard into the lift.
Commercial Vertical Wheelchair Lift (CPL)
Available in many different configurations, there is a CPL to meet your needs. All feature 750lbs. capacity and compliance with local building and accessibility codes when properly equipped. A variety of platform sizes and entry/exit configurations (straight-through, 90 degree, same-side) are possible.
A 3" depression (pit) in the concrete slab at the bottom landing is strongly recommended for ease of access and code compliance. Fixed or (in limited circumstances) folding access ramps are available if the pit is not feasible.
In the Chicago area, your commercial wheelchair lift will most likely require a full enclosure. This can be accomplished by a self-enclosed lift direct from the manufacturer, or by building around the lift to incorporate it into the surrounding architecture.
Self-enclosed lifts are available in low-rise (TG) or high-rise (EPL) styles.
The TG enclosure model is used where the visual presence of a taller enclosure creates a problem. An easily understood example is providing wheelchair access to a stage as seen above. The TG model
is only available up to 53" of vertical rise and with 2 landing stops.
The EPL enclosure model is available in lifting heights up to 14', with steel or plexiglass panels and up to 3 landing stops which make it quite a versatile performer. Need access in a church from grade to the sanctuary upstairs and the fellowship hall downstairs? EPL is your answer. Need to get a wheelchair from your warehouse floor to the office space at mezzanine level? No problem. With a full height bottom door, a choice of egress at the top landing (enclosure gate, enclosure door or fire-rated door in existing wall) and optional full-height enclosure with or without domed roof, EPL has all the flexibility you need.
Standard Vertical Wheelchair Lift (CPL)
The standard CPL is the understated vertical wheelchair lift. Use this model when you wish to blend your lift into its surroundings as seamlessly as possible. It will require walls (typical stud/drywall construction is adequate) to be built on all 4 sides with properly-sized openings for the manufacturer-provided doors and/or gates. Or use your own entrances with a choice of manufacturer's safety interlocks. This lift will require much greater involvement from other trades and places a premium on coordination, but results in a more user-friendly, secure and aesthetically pleasing installation.