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VTX Celebrates Its Tenth Anniversary

(February 5, 2010/Harrisburg, Pa.) Despite the grim U.S. economic conditions, Vertical Transportation Excellence (VTX) continues to thrive with vertical transportation services projects totaling close to $1 billion in project value since their inception.

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 World Trade Center Temporary PATH Station, New York, New YorkWorld Trade Center Temporary PATH 
Station, New York, New York
In today’s struggling economy, many businesses have been forced to make cutbacks, lay off employees, slash programs, and reduce spending. At least one company in the vertical transportation industry, however, continues to thrive.

Founded in 2000, Vertical Transportation Excellence (VTX), an elevator and escalator consulting firm, is honored to celebrate its tenth anniversary. VTX provides design, renovation/modernization, inspection, and survey/audit services of elevators and escalators. Today, VTX serves aviation, education, government, healthcare, commercial, retail, recreation, and public transit clients across the United States. Headquartered in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, VTX has provided consulting services to landmark projects such as the World Trade Center PATH station at Ground Zero and have been awarded some of the largest projects specifically dedicated to vertical transportation consulting in the industry.

George Washington Bridge Bus Station, Washington Heights, New Jersey George Washington Bridge Bus Station,
Washington Heights, New Jersey

VTX has also provided vertical transportation consulting services for some of the world’s largest escalator modernization projects such as American Public Transportation Association’s (APTA) Project of the Year for the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) awarded in 2006. VTX provided design requirements and contract oversight for the rehabilitation of more than 800 escalators, elevators, and other vertical transportation equipment for the WMATA system. This included 588 escalators serving transit stations and rail yards.

VTX’s Escalator Modernization project for the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey George Washington Bridge Bus Station also received Project of the Year from Elevator World, the vertical transportation industries publication.

Over the years, VTX has expanded its services, location, and clients in every major metropolitan area in the United States.

Innovation

VTX’s Patrick Welch (left) accepts the 2006 Project of the Year Award from Mike Depallo (center), APTA vice chair and general manager of the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey, and APTA President William W. Millar (right).VTX’s Patrick Welch (left) accepts the 2006
Project of the Year Award from Mike Depallo
(center), APTA vice chair and general manager of
the  Port Authority of New York & New Jersey,
and APTA President William W. Millar (right).
When faced with the challenge for inventive and creative thinking, VTX accepts the challenge and develops a solution to meet the needs of their clients. For example, VTX has patented the Oculus Network®, a design solution for generic, open-source code remote control, monitoring, and video and maintenance management for elevators, escalators, pumps, fans, and other equipment (new and existing).

Another powerful innovative creation is the Parametricoder™. This system was developed in response to a variety of needs to measure mechanical performance characteristics on escalators. The concept evolved by the need to measure escalator and moving walk deceleration and starting characteristics as well as tread surface deflections under load. This unique device that has assisted clients in thousands of inspections all over the United States is exclusive to VTX.

Services

Many of VTX’s projects focus on enhancements. With their expertise in condition assessments, renovation design, and adaptive reuse, they are helping their clients uphold today’s standards for safety, convenience, and aesthetics while minimizing the impact on the building’s operations. Understanding the unique requirements for availability, reliability, and maintainability is critical in helping protect passengers and capital investment in the vertical transportation equipment.

Parametricoder Sensor Platform System
Parametricoder Sensor Platform System
Parametricoder Sensor Platform System
VTX understands the code and assists their clients in being compliant. Their key specialists are active on several American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) A17.1 committees helping mold safety requirements for industry equipment and operations. VTX also chairs the APTA Elevator Escalator Technical Forum (EETF) and has helped develop guidelines specifically designed to improve elevator and escalator equipment performance and operation in the demanding environments of public systems. All of their key staff are certified elevator inspectors (C.E.I.) and are registered third-party agent in various states.

“We have extraordinary, well balanced staff of professionals dedicated to excellence. This balance enables us to provide solutions for our clients that are state-of-the-art in the most pragmatic fashion possible. From innovation to inspections, from computer aided drawing (CAD) to building information modeling (BIM), VTX staff is capable of amazing our clients on a regular basis,” stated Patrick J. Welch, President of VTX.

People helping people

VTX’s staff is not only dedicated to providing safer, smoother, and smarter vertical transportation equipment to the riding public, but they are unselfishly giving themselves and their resources to benefit their communities. Their staff can be found:

Safe-T-Rider, Elevator Escalator Safety Foundation mascot Safe-T-Rider, Elevator 
Escalator Safety 
Foundation mascot
  • Walking miles for various charities, raising thousands of dollars for research in hopes for a cure.
  • On the phone raising funds for the Public Broadcast System, which offers viewers the opportunity to be exposed to new ideas in art, science, music, and history through television.
  • Coaching youth sports, mentoring children and developing their skills in team work.
  • Dressing up to educate our public on elevator and escalator safety, participating in Elevator and Escalator Safety Awareness Week.
  • Entering prisons, forming relationships by showing love and compassion.
  • Giving financial support to local churches, charities, and community programs.
  • Sponsoring children in third world countries.
  • Collecting food and buying gifts for the less fortunate.
  • And even buying the pizza special for a homeless girl.

It isn’t just the organized programs that need daily support, but the random acts of kindness that make people smile and makes a difference.

Success

How has VTX thrived when so many businesses are struggling? Welch states, “VTX still does business with every client we began with ten years ago. This steadfast loyalty of our clients is due to the outstanding work our staff performs for our client. VTX is strong in new construction design, maintenance assessments, modernization designs, and organizational consulting. This allows us to be as nimble as our clients require during challenging business environments.”

“We also never forget that our primary reason to be in business is to make our clients successful. Our clients experience our quality driven approach on each and every project. It is a responsibility we take seriously.”

Since VTX’s inception, VTX has been a leader in creating quality solutions that are responsive to their client’s needs. To assure their clients that VTX does whatever it takes to meet requirements and deliver a quality product, VTX took their operations through the International Organization of Standardization (ISO) certification process in 2007 and are currently ISO 9001:2008 certified.

As a specialty division within Gannett Fleming, Inc., VTX has unparalleled access and coordination with the core building engineering services that typically arise in elevator and escalator applications. Gannett Fleming has offices in 55 cities throughout the United States and provides a wide array of services in: transportation, water/wastewater, environmental management, earth science and hydraulics, construction management, industrial/pharmaceutical, commercial and institutional, land development, and geotechnical disciplines.

Future

What is next for VTX? Continual growth. “VTX is committed to smart growth as partners with our clients to provide outstanding vertical transportation services to their patrons. Our future looks very bright as we build upon the successful projects of the last decade,” reports Welch.

VTX has come a long way over the past 10 years. Starting with five clients and a northeast presence, VTX now serves 150 clients across the U.S., in Canada, and Puerto Rico.

Complete copy of the Elevator World article(PDF: 625KB)