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August 8, 2013
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“What is an Elevator Consultant?”

We can’t tell you the number of times we’ve been asked this question – and to be fair, until we came to work at GUNN Consultants, most of us had no idea that this niche existed.

So just in case you’re wondering this very thing, we thought we’d provide an outline of what exactly an elevator consultant does, as well as the benefits of hiring a consultant.

First and foremost, the most important benefit of having a consultant on your team is that we are an advocate for the client.

Navigating the construction and elevator industries can be challenging, and having an independent consultant represent you throughout the process provides peace of mind, and protects the client’s interests.

More to follow in the next post, “What does an Elevator Consultant do?”

May 31, 2013
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GUNN Consultants Project – Harbour Centre Vancouver Gets New Escalators!


The team at GUNN Consultants has had the pleasure of acting as Project Manager for the installation of new escalators at Harbour Centre over this last year, but the icing on the cake was a feat of engineering excellence on May 24th, as we oversaw two escalators being craned into the building at 555 West Hastings …through a window!

Here’s a brief look at the process:

The first escalator was connected to the crane and carefully turned toward the window opening.
OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAAfter considerable deliberation, measurement, and guidance from the crew, the crane and escalator entered the building.
a view inside

Due to size constraints, the escalator had to be installed in separate pieces. This is the lower half being put into place.

men on beamAnd the top portion being lowered and attached to the bottom half:
Escaltor mid-airfull view insideSkip ahead a few hours and here is the (partially) finished product:



Now that’s some serious engineering!


May 31, 2013
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BSCA – Information Bulletin

Changes to the Elevating Devices Safety Regulation!

The BC Safety Authority have announced that , effective July 2, 2013, the Elevating Devices Safety Regulation will have several amendments – most importantly that a mandatory requirement has been put in place for owners of disabled persons lifts to ensure that there is a two-way communication device properly installed.

For details of this and the other amendments, please see Elevating Devices Safety Regulation-Notification of Amendment (2013-02).

May 10, 2013
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Announcement – GUNN Celebrates it’s 30th Birthday!!!!


 Birthday Candles

It’s our 30th Birthday!!!!

On May 5th, 1983 John W. Gunn Consultants Incorporated was founded as an engineering consulting firm specializing in elevators, escalators, moving walks, and other methods of vertical transportation.  We’ve since developed into an industry standard leader in British Columbia, throughout Canada and the United States, with more than 3,000 successful projects.

Thank you to all of our clients, friends, clients who are now friends, friends who are now clients, for supporting us for the past three decades -

We wouldn’t have been able to reach such great heights without you!

The team over here at GUNN couldn’t be happier about celebrating 30 years of being in business. Some people call it the Pearl Anniversary and to some it’s the Diamond…but we say:


May 1, 2013
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Safety Order from BCSA – Griffin Controller

Attention Owners and Property Managers!


Do you have an elevator in your portfolio with a Griffin hydraulic elevator controller, like the photo below?

If one of your elevators has this controller model, the following safety order will apply and alterations and testing must be completed before April 2015. Please see  BCSA Safety Order April 26, 2013 – Hydraulic Elevators – Griffin Controllers for details. 

Griffin Controller


April 30, 2013
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Welcome to the introductory GUNN Consultants vertical transportation news post!

Starting now, we will be posting interesting and relevant articles, presentations, code / local regulation updates, web links, and other compelling information relating to elevators, escalators, and the field of vertical transportation.

Our aim is to have you up to date with the latest in the world of vertical transportation, and keep you well informed when it comes to elevators and escalators.  Whether you are an architect, engineer, property manager, or work in the elevator /escalator industry, this will be pertinent to you.

Check in monthly to see the latest post.

See you soon!