LULA is a Commercial Accessibility Elevator
If you are planning on improving the accessibility of your building a LULA elevator may be the commercial accessibility elevator solution you are looking for. In this article we’ll explain what a LULA is, what separates a LULA elevator from a conventional elevator, and if a LULA might fit your needs.
What is a LULA Elevator
LULA is acronym used in the elevator industry that stands for Limited Use Limited Accessibility. This smaller, specialized hydraulic elevator came about as a result of the Americans with Disabilities Act which required public buildings to be accessible by everyone. Available residential lifts were too small to accommodate a wheelchair. Traditional commercial elevators were not economically feasible for many public buildings like schools, libraries and medical buildings.
LULA Elevator versus Conventional Commercial Elevators
The LULA is designed to be a commercial accessibility elevator designed to economically improve accessibility for a low-rise commercial building.
- A smaller footprint than most conventional elevators, the LULA is designed to accommodate a wheelchair.
- It may have a different maintenance schedule than regular elevators (in some jurisdictions).
- Installation costs are usually lower than costs associated with conventional elevators.
- LULAs may require a shallower pit depth and have less overhead requirements (check your jurisdiction.)
Advantages of a LULA
Architects and building owners alike recognize the advantages of installing a LULA elevator for their low-rise projects.
- Because it is smaller than a conventional elevator, the LULA can be installed in spaces where a typical commercial elevator won’t fit.
- Although it’s smaller, the LULA still comes equipped with the features seen in typical conventional elevators like commercial-grade components and fully automatic sliding doors.
It’s important to keep in mind that a LULA elevator is not designed to replace a regular commercial elevator. It is meant to provide accessibility to people in wheelchairs or with physical disabilities. It is not designed for high traffic usage.
A LULA May Save You Money
Depending upon where you install your LULA elevator, the purchase and installation may be less than the cost for a conventional elevator.
In most jurisdictions a LULA does not need to be maintained every month as a typical commercial elevator does. This will reduce the cost of ownership over the life of the elevator.
The BOSS – a leader in the LULA category
The GMV BOSS LULA has some attractive standard features:
- Fully automatic, fire-rated sliding doors
- Closeted machine room option available to save space
- Many design options available to suit your building’s design
- Many standard safety features you find on larger commercial elevators
- Designed for fast and trouble-free installation
Available with a variety of door configurations to meet your building’s needs:
- Front online (in-line)
- Front and Rear (thru cab)
- Front and Side (90 degree)
To learn more about the GMV BOSS LULA visit our BOSS LULA page.
A LULA is a perfect low-cost solution for improving accessibility in public buildings.
Other solutions for accessibility you may wish to explore include commercial wheelchair lifts, or ramps.
Available Door Configurations for the BOSS LULA