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May 30, 2016
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Meet the Newest Staff at GUNN!

If you’re familiar with GUNN, you may have heard that both our Vancouver and Calgary offices have recently moved to new locations. Once we get settled in we’ll share more about our new digs here. For now, however, we thought we’d introduce you to some of the new bodies at GUNN whose presences prompted our move into larger spaces.

Andrew Wilson – Senior Project Manager

Andrew comes to GUNN after a long career working with almost every elevator manufacturer you can think of. Following university, Andrew decided that his foray into elevated thinking needed to be more literal, taking his first job with Dover Elevator 30 years ago. He has since worked as a Senior Project Manager, and as a Branch Manager; if you’ve ridden Vancouver’s Canada Line sky train, Andrew oversaw the installation of its 70 escalators and elevators. He sometimes intimates that GUNN is a cover for his double life as a secret agent. Given his ability to strictly adhere to schedules, it would be foolhardy to discount this idea entirely.

Sam Hamze – Senior Project Manager

Sam Hamze has lived in more countries than most people can name. He speaks more languages than all the ill-fated citizens of Babel; if their tower had an elevator designed to his safety codes it would have been much safer. Sam joined GUNN after a long career with a safety authority and is a Code Wizard, operating as a member of the ASME A17/B44 Code Inspection committee, overseeing all North American elevator safety codes and standards. If you’ve enjoyed a safe and smooth elevator ride in the last decade in North America, you owe it in no small part to Sam.

Rebecca Lin – Junior Consultant

Rebecca is GUNN’s in-house Renaissance woman… at least, she would be, if mechatronics existed in sixteenth century Venice. Rebecca specialized in mechatronics in university, developing a physical therapy aid as her thesis project. She balances her engineering work with artistic pursuits including painting, paper crafting, playing piano, sculpting, digital art, and writing. What does expertly balance all of this on? Good question! She balances it all on the edge of her enthusiasm for swords, naturally, which means she is also 100% terrifying. She does own a Shih Tzu though, so maybe she’s not that tough?

(Just kidding, she is.)

Ben Hynes – Office Administrator & Technical Delivery Coordinator

Ben is GUNN’s foremost provider of embellished online bios. Unsurprisingly, he came to GUNN after completing graduate work in creative writing. Having travelled from East to West just about as far as he could – moving from Newfoundland to BC – he decided that the only direction left for him to move was up. In case it’s not obvious, he enjoys stories and wrote extensively in his life before GUNN. Working as both GUNN’s Office Administrator and Technical Delivery Coordinator for new construction projects, Ben endeavors to ensure that the office stays light and that documents are drafted with all the professional precision and polish these short bios lack.

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Left to Right: Ben Hynes, Rebecca Lin, Sam Hamze, Andrew Wilson

Safety

April 1, 2016
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Safe Steps: A Guide to Building Transportations Safety

Every year, elevators, escalators, and moving walks, safely transport over 100 billion passengers in North America.  Excluding automobiles, that is more than the total of riders of all other forms of transportation combined.

Compared to the number of daily passenger rides, elevator and escalator injuries are so rare that safety is often taken for granted.  However, elevators, escalators, and moving walks, are complex machines and occasionally injuries sometimes do occur. In these rare instances, injuries are usually as a result of unsafe riding practices.

According to industry experts, elevators and escalators are the safest form of transportation in the world. Many accidents can be prevented simply by being aware of your surroundings and by following simple safety rules.

Elevator Safety

When waiting for elevators:

  • Know your destination.
  • Push the elevator call button once for the direction you want to go in.
  • Look and listen for the signal announcing the car’s arrival.
  • Be aware of health conditions that could contribute to falls or accidents.
  • Stand clear of the elevator doors and stand aside for exiting passengers.
  • If the arriving car is full, wait for the next car.
  • Don’t attempt to maneuver in or stop closing doors, wait for the next car.
  • In the event of a fire or other situations that could lead to a disruption in electrical services, do not take the elevator.

When boarding and riding elevators:

  • Watch your step – the elevator car may not be perfectly level with the landing.
  • Stand clear of the doors – keep clothes and carry-ons away from the opening.
  • Hold children and pets firmly.
  • Leashed pets should be on same side of door as the passenger so door does not close on extended leash.
  • Passengers nearest to the doors should move first when the car arrives.
  • Push and hold the DOOR OPEN button if doors need to be held open, or ask someone to push the button for you.
  • Never try to stop a closing door, wait for the next car.
  • Once on board, quickly press the button for your floor and move to the back of the car to make room for other passengers.
  • If unsteady on your feet, hold the handrail, if available, and stand near the elevator wall.
  • Pay attention to the floor indicators.
  • If the doors do not open when the elevator stops, push the DOOR OPEN button.

When exiting elevators:

  • Exit immediately at your floor. Do not wait for others behind you.
  • Do not push the people in front of you when exiting.
  • Watch your step – the elevator car may not be perfectly level with the floor.
  • In the event of an elevator emergency:
  • If the elevator should ever stop between floors, do not panic. There is plenty of air in the elevator.
  • Never climb out of a stalled elevator.
  • Use the ALARM button, the telephone or the intercom to call for assistance.
  • Above all, wait for qualified help to arrive and never try to leave an elevator that has not made a normal stop.

Stay safe everyone!

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October 26, 2015
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Another Wonderful Client Appreciation Party!

It’s become an annual event now after after we hosted the first event three years ago in August of 2013.  This year we hosted our Client Appreciation Event at Soundhouse Studios, a great space just down the road from our office, switching it up from the outdoor space in East Vancouver where we’ve hosted it for the past two years.  And it was a good thing too, as the rain started to come down on the Thursday afternoon of the 2015 Client Appreciation event.

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GUNN Consultants 2015 Client Appreciation

 

We want to first start by thanking all of the guests who attended – we hope you enjoyed the company, food, wine tasting, the fabulous band, and the trivia game.  We did this for you, as an appreciation for all the hard work you do all year round!

In case you were unable to attend, here are some photos from the night, courtesy of Chloe Elizabeth Langmaid photography.

Enjoying the Arntzen Brothers band and Tamar Korn.

Enjoying the Arntzen Brothers band and Tamar Korn.

Smiles all around.

Smiles all around.

Enjoying the wine tasting, provided by Railtown Catering.

Guests at the wine tasting station, provided by Railtown Catering.

Deep in conversation.

Deep in conversation.

Trying out Railtown's platter.

Trying out the charcuterie made by Railtown.

Mulling over the trivia question.

Mulling over the trivia question.

 

January 27, 2015
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Energy-Saving Elevator Technologies Study

A new study released by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy called “Advancing Elevator Energy Efficiency” describes “recent advances in elevator technologies and recommends a path for accelerating the uptake of these new capabilities”.

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You can read the full study here: “Advancing Elevator Energy Efficiency

March 6, 2014
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GUNN Consultants Snowshoe Trek for the Kids!

Part of what makes GUNN Consultants unique is our commitment to 5 key principles which we call the “GUNN Difference”. To ensure that we stay true to our word, we do our best to maintain these principles and build upon them.

One of these key principles is Team Building. Here at GUNN, we know our success comes from working together towards a common goal, so it’s important to us to foster a supportive team environment. One of the ways we cultivate such an environment is through bi-annual team building events.

We started off our first team building event of 2014 by having a Snowshoeing Charity event. This year, we decided to raise money for a very worthwhile organization, the BC Children’s hospital.

This event, organized by our wonderful Office Administrator Rebeka, had the entire GUNN team up on the top of Seymour Mountain trekking in the snow. While we had some first time snowshoe-ers who did not know what to expect, there were a lot of smiles and laughter as we made our way through the snow.

Snowshoeing - GuysEric, Mark, James & Alexey looking ready to tackle Seymour.

Snowshoe-ingEric, Lillianne, Abby and Ashley stop and pose for a picture.

Snowshoe-ing - In the forest One by one making our way through the forest.

GUNN Team (left to right): James, Jeanette, Rebeka, Abby, Ian, Lillianne, Eric, Jerry and Alexey.

Snowshoe-ing - Throwing Snow “Go GUNN!”

The opportunity to come together and enjoy each other’s company outside of the office space gave us a chance to not only have fun, but to also strengthen our group by getting to know each other a little better. Not to mention, we also got to raise money for an important organization in the process!

Looking forward to our next team building event!

Photography by Chloe Langmaid.

October 30, 2013
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GUNN Consultants Alberta!

ANNOUNCING THE OPENING OF GUNN CONSULTANTS ALBERTA!

GUNN Consultants has opened an office in Calgary, Alberta to enhance its presence across Canada.

The opening of this office reflects our desire to provide our Alberta clients with the same personal and results-oriented approach that has been an integral part of our industry success for the last 30 years.

To contact our Alberta Representative, please call 403.440.9945

GUNN Consultants. Engineering solutions, elevated Results.

August 28, 2013
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Celebrating 30 Years in Style!

After 30 years of being in business, we felt it was time to throw a party ~

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And throw a party we did! Between the food truck, the photo booth, and the magician, there were smiles on everyone’s faces, staff and clients alike!

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 There were so many fantastic people who worked hard to make this event happen, and some fabulous highlights, including the extraordinary team at Emelle’s Catering who provided our food truck:

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 Our wonderful magician Rod Chow, who really made the event “absolutely amazing”

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But the best moment of all was having John W. Gunn, the founder of GUNN Consultants,  attend the event:

GunnTeam_DSC_4384.jpgMr. Gunn graciously presented GUNN Consultants with the very first invoice for our very first client!

EPJGedit_DSC_4394.jpgSo thank you to our clients, friends, and family for not only making this an event to remember, but for helping us grow into the company that we are today! Here’s to another 30 years!

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*Photography by Chloe Langmaid and Easy Headshots

August 8, 2013
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“Why choose GUNN?”

Now that you have a clearer picture of what an elevator consultant does, you should know what GUNN does that makes us different:

LeadershipOur clients come first, and we act in their interests at all times. So-called “standard practice” in the elevator industry, or simply accepting things the way they are, is not good enough for us.

CommunicationEffective communication is essential. This concept is simple and perhaps intuitive, but is often overlooked. We speak the language of contractors, engineers, and architects, and have a proven track record of keeping everyone on the same page.

Team BuildingOnly when everyone is working toward a common goal can a project be successful. We create this environment by building a successful team, with all contributions recognized.

Standing Behind our WordWhen we make a commitment, we deliver on it, simple as that. It is finishing what you started. Ask our clients, and they will tell you the same.

ExperienceWe’ve built a diverse resume of exciting vertical transportation projects and have successfully guided developers, and architects in achieving vertical transportation excellence for more than 25 years. Our dynamic group of young engineers manages projects of all types and size throughout Canada.

August 8, 2013
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“What does an Elevator Consultant do?”

Every company will offer a slightly different scope of services, but key things that a competent elevator consultant should provide you with are:

Detailed Specification – This comprehensive document ensures nothing is missed for your project, but also that the scope of work does not extend beyond that which is necessary to achieve the project goals.

Accurate Pricing – With the detailed specification covering all aspects of the work, your pricing from various contractors can be compared on an “apples to apples” basis, with the knowledge that unnecessary change orders are avoided throughout the project.  You will know at the project outset what the final cost will be.

Contractor Selection – Contractors not suited to the scope of work are avoided, and your selected contractor will be fully capable of undertaking the scope of work.

Professional Engineering – City permitting for many elevator projects now require that a professional engineer be engaged to verify the installation meets code.  Professional engineering guidance throughout the project avoids unnecessary surprises in having your elevators passed with the relevant city and provincial authorities.

Stay tuned for part 3 of 3, “Why choose GUNN?”