Designers pour a lot of effort into making elevator interiors reflect the buildings around them. The realities of working with a moving vehicle that has stringent weight and damage resistance requirements complicates the process. Even a simple task like matching an elevator interior to a color scheme isn’t so simple when the matching materials are too heavy, or can’t take the wear and tear elevators endure, or don’t meet fire and safety standards.
SnapCab Elevator Interior Systems is a Warrington, Pennsylvania - based company that specializes in easy-to-install, modular elevator cab interiors that help designers balance aesthetics and function. The company manufactures and installs more than 50 cab designs with a wide variety of customizable appearances. Corning® Gorilla® Glass is one of the materials SnapCab uses to give designers the appearance they want with the lightweight and durability they need.
“Gorilla Glass offers durability and aesthetic qualities. Its pristine clarity enables us to print any image we want or back paint to match colors exactly. We can do virtually any design with Gorilla Glass panels,” said Evan Epstein, director of architecture at SnapCab. “It’s also much tougher, more durable and lighter than laminated glass, and minimizing weight is important in elevator cab design.”
SnapCab used Gorilla Glass in an elevator cab design in the Nemours/ Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children in Wilmington, Delaware. The multi-year, $272 million expansion project includes construction of a five floor patient tower. With its completion, Nemours is starting an extensive re-design of the existing hospital building.