Last week, the Canadian National Holocaust Monument opened. The Monument – a stark, stylized Star of David in form — took a decade to complete at a cost of $7.2 million split between private and public donors.
“May this monument remind us to always open our arms and our hearts to those in need,” Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Wednesday at the opening.
The new monument is a striking set of massive concrete triangles, intended to echo the triangular patches that the Nazis made various groups wear, including “homosexuals, Roma Sinti, Jehovah’s Witnesses and political and religious prisoners that marked them for death.”
The six triangles in turn are laid out to “create the outline of a star — the star that millions of Jews were forced to wear… to exclude them from humanity and mark them for extermination.”
Original sketches of the design concept referred to a “Stairway of Hope”. Of course, this meant that the monument would also require an accessibility solution. We’ll call it the “LULA of Love”. Decked out with 2-speed stainless steel entrances, stainless steel ceiling and trim and Dove Grey laminate panels, this elevator is as beautiful as it is practical. Expertly installed by the fine professionals at Upper Canada Elevator, this Elvoron LULA elevator has captured the Garaventa Lift Project of the Month for September, 2017.
In April of this year, we lost a great Colombian citizen, Gabriel García Márquez. “Gabo”, as he was affectionately known, was a novelist, short-story writer, screenwriter and journalist. Considered one of the most significant authors of the 20th century, he was awarded the 1972 Neustadt International Prize for Literature and the 1982 Nobel Prize in Literature. On his death in April 2014, Juan Manuel Santos, the President of Colombia, described him as “the greatest Colombian who ever lived”. - wikipedia
Unfortunately, Mr. Márquez never had the opportunity to use the brand-new Garaventa Home Elevator installed at his residence in Cartagena. This project was completed after his passing.
The elevator features an aluminum and glass cab with full vision panels in the cab gates and full glass entrance doors. This clean, modern look is becoming more and more popular, and this installation has been named the Garaventa Lift Installation of the Month for August, 2014. Congratulations to the team at Mitsubishi Electric de Colombia (Melco de Colombia)!
It is clear that the ongoing dispute between unionized elevator mechanics in Ontario and their employers will result in more elevator shut downs. See this link for a recent story from CBC Ottawa: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/ottawa/story/2013/06/01/ottawa-elevator-strike-tssa-shut-downs-safety-province-escalator.html
What is not so clear is what people will do to provide for temporary solutions. For organizations with multiple elevators such as school districts, universities, and sports complexes, the Garaventa Super-Trac might be the best answer. This is a battery-powered portable stair climbing device, which can be used as an alternative accessibility option when elevators are not available.
See a video of the Super-Trac in action at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=czqBMo32meo or visit our website at http://www.garaventalift.com/en/products/wheelchair-lifts/portable-wheelchair-lifts/super-trac.html.