Elevator Facts

  • $2.4 million in funding was secured for the construction of the elevator through the Federal Transportation Enhancement Program (through the NYS Department of Transportation).
  • An additional $400,000 was secured from a grant through the Environmental Protection Fund.
  • Design and engineering began in 2010 with Bergmann Associates as lead designer.  In 2012 BCI Construction was awarded the bid to construct the elevator.
  • Construction has been managed by New York State Parks.
  • Elevator design originally used by US Department of Defense which has been adapted for civilian use.
  • Features weather-resistant systems that typically are not found on most elevators
  • Auto Rescue system that provides automatic battery lowering in the event of a power outage.
  • The Walkway Elevator exterior elevator cab is one of few in existence.
  • The elevator will be operated by State Parks' staff.
  • Only service dogs will be allowed in the elevator.
  • Current elevator specifications:
    • 21 stories high (roughly 210 feet)
    • 8' x 10' cab with windows providing Hudson River views
    • Approximate 18-person capacity (Maximum capacity of 7,500 lbs)
    • Estimated trip time of 70 seconds
    • 3 Observation Windows
    • Self-operated
    • Handicapped Accessible (ADA Compliant)

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