To ensure unbiased opinions, we perform elevator inspections, consulting, and provide expert testimony / trial research, but do not perform any elevator service or repair work. The following consulting services are available:

Equipment Assessments

Vertical Assessment is pleased to offer you a complete and detailed assessment of your elevator equipment no matter the date of installation or the manufacturer. Our elevator assessment includes a thorough examination of the elevator equipment and the production of a comprehensive bound report. This report typically contains: a general description of the equipment, the current condition of the equipment, average life expectancies and estimated remaining useful life of the individual components, ADA compliance, the level of maintenance being performed, and evaluates the current performance levels compared to original specifications or recommended standards and system capabilities. Performance comparisons of multiple units would be provided. Deficiencies in code compliance, safety, or maintenance will be noted, as well as recommendations on adjustments necessary to improve performance, and recommendations for modernizations, replacements or upgrades will be made. Of course our equipment assessment can be custom tailored to meet a variety of individual requirements. A sample of our typical report format is available upon request.

Maintenance Review

Maintaining your equipment is key to the life of your elevator. VAA offers a complete maintenance review of your equipment including explaining the terms of your contract. We will come to your property and assess the level of maintenance being performed, provide you with a detailed analysis and make recommendations based upon the findings. Are you ready to sign a new maintenance contract? Let the professional VAA staff review the contract before you sign to ensure your new contract meets industry standards, current market pricing, and provides for a level of maintenance that will allow your equipment to meet the average life expectancy.

Modernization Consulting & Specifications

Specifications for modernization work can be produced based on information obtained in the Elevator Equipment Assessment. We work with the elevator owner to determine the extent of work to be performed, and assist them in finding qualified bidders. The specifications can be provided directly or incorporated into a complete "Request for Proposal" (RFP) for obtaining bids from elevator contractors.

Project Management

Put our expertise to work for you! VAA understands that during a modernization, every elevator owner's main goal is to have the equipment replaced to meet the current codes and at the best possible cost. Once your specifications are written VAA will submit the bid to the elevator companies, facilitate a pre-bid meeting with invited bidders, assist in the determination of the best bid obtained, hold a pre-construction meeting, check job progress, oversee and approve draw requests, and perform final code and specification compliance inspections. We offer everything from a 'turn-key' scope of work to a partial project management depending on the level of involvement you prefer.

Due Diligence

Your piece of mind after the installation! VAA offers you a comprehensive examination of the installation and equipment if your elevators are recently installed. Our staff will examine the installation, compare equipment performance to the specifications, assess the level of maintenance being performed and provide you with determinations and recommendations in the report we prepare.

Plan Review

Review plans and specifications for code compliance and assist in resolution of problems with the building, design and/or proposed equipment.