Buildings 3 and 26

Design Within Reach Warehouse

Day Elevator & Lift provides accessibility in Brooklyn complex.

Industry City is designed to be a creative hub. This network of 16 buildings lies on the banks of the East River, south of the Brooklyn Bridge in Brooklyn, New York. What began in the late 1800s as an oil refinery was transformed in the 1900s into the Bush Terminal, the largest multi-tenant complex in the U.S., which employed more than 25,000 people. During the World Wars, the terminal was one of the largest war-related manufacturers in the country. It was rechristened in the mid 1980s with plans to bring back manufacturing with the arrival of Costco, Amazon and Time Inc. Using both office and warehouse space designed to fit each tenant’s need, this vast industrial hub also focuses on artists and small manufacturers. Revitalization is expected to bring in an excess of 20,000 jobs.

 The complex is a microcosm of New York City (NYC) with one distinction: it is creating an innovative ecosystem that embraces the disruption created by advancing technologies. Its economic spectrum spans verticals: from manufacturing to design, art to architecture, biotech to clean-tech, media to film production, and fashion to food.

Industry City collaborates with more than 400 companies in 6 million sq. ft. of classic industrial architecture, 21st-century amenities and natural light to soak it all in. Encompassing more than 5 acres of open space and cultivated common courtyards, the buildings hold beautiful views and provide fresh air for fresh perspectives. Amenities include 24-hr. security, a food court, tenant events, and onsite parking and management. The units feature high ceilings that make work areas feel open and spacious, and commuters have easy access to rail stations. It’s a short walk to Gowanus Bay and the South Brooklyn Marine Terminal, and Prospect Park lies a few blocks away.

Day Elevator & Lift installed Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)-compliant wheelchair lifts to provide handicap accessibility to the tenants and guests of Industry City. The model V-1504 manufactured by Savaria demonstrates how barrier-free access can be beautiful without compromising design. The units feature quiet and reliable hydraulic drives that provide smooth start, stop and overall ride quality. No machine room is required due to its enclosed drive system, making the installation process easier. It features an ADA-compliant platform, continuous-pressure button operation, modular rail construction, a handrail and an automatic battery recharging system. The safety features include an emergency-stop button on car, a non-skid platform, a manual lowering device, side panels, keyed car buttons and call stations, a safety brake, door locks and a platform gate.

Featured here are two units installed in Buildings 3 and 26. Multiple contractors hired Day Elevator & Lift as their company of choice to provide handicap accessibility in these buildings. While all buildings are not being managed by the same property-management company, Day Elevator & Lift continues to be their top choice for maintenance and annual inspections.

Building 3

The Omara Organization of NYC contracted Day Elevator & Lift to design and install a wheelchair lift in the Design Within Reach Warehouse, a high-end boutique furniture store. Presenting a new experience with each visit, you never know what treasures you may find there. The wheelchair-lift variant is a V-1504 Prestige frameless unit, enabling access from street level to the main showroom floor. The Prestige can be configured for up to 72 in. of travel with two stops and features 0.5-in.-thick structural tempered glass with no visible frame. A full-sized glass door is included for the lower landing with a half-sized glass gate at the top.

Building 26

The high-speed, full-sized passenger elevators in Building 26 needed a 4-ft. pit, but, due to zoning restrictions, excavation below street level was not possible. So, MNC + Sons Contractors of Brooklyn contracted Day Elevator & Lift to design and install a wheelchair lift in the main lobby to create an accessible route to the elevator bank. The wheelchair variant, V-1504 TL-Enclosure, was installed with checkered-plate, stainless-steel sheet metal to match the décor of the staircase. It also complements the corrugated-metal walls designed to give it a retro-industrial look.

[1] Manufacturer Consumer Website. Wheelchair Lifts Products Page. “V-1504 Vertical Platform Lift.” (, accessed August 24, 2016.
[2] Spellen, Suzanne. “Industry City’s Rise, Fall and Rebirth, From Wartime Manufacturing to Artisanal Mecca,” November 30, 2015 (, accessed August 24, 2016.
[3] Spellen, Suzanne. “How Bananas Built Industry City – the Story of Sunset Park’s Bush Terminal,” November 16, 2015 (, accessed August 24, 2016.
[4] Industry City Homepage. (, accessed August 24, 2016.
[5] Retail Store Located in Building 3. Design Within Reach. About Us. (, accessed August 24, 2016.
[6] Day Elevator & Lift. About Us. (, accessed August 24, 2016.

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