These cranes had to be disassembled and transported down via elevator at the end of construction. Each tower would contain 97 passenger elevators capable of transporting weights of up to 10,000 pounds at speeds of up to 1,600 feet per minute when completed.
The total number of elevators in both towers is 197. They were all made by Otis Elevator Company and each one was 36 feet long with a capacity of up to 10 passengers at a time. The trade center also contained several freight elevators which were not included in this calculation.
Elevators were originally used as fire escapes but that is where they used them later after the fire safety regulations became strict so they could bring more people to their floors.
The need for multiple elevators came from the fact that some floors of the building were required by law to have an emergency exit on every floor. These legal requirements are called "fire doors" and each one weighs hundreds of pounds. Removing enough weight from the floor to open a door would cause other floors without such exits to become dangerously light-weight.
When the towers were being built, fire safety procedures were still being developed so there were many questions about how well they would hold up in a real fire.
130 feet tall Despite the fact that elevator rides have always been free, the issuing of these permits as a remembrance has become a local custom. The present elevator was built using 751 tons of concrete and steel, is 130 feet tall, and passengers can reach the top in 15 seconds. It is located in the heart of downtown Oregon City, behind the Old Courthouse site.
The elevator was designed by William H. Steele and opened in 1907. It was originally painted red, white, and blue, but this was changed to black, white, and silver after World War II. In 1969, when new laws were passed requiring buildings over 4 stories high in Oregon city to have fire escapes, the elevator became obsolete and lost its ability to move people from one floor to the next. Thus, it stopped operating that year. In 1973, the Portland-based firm of McMenamin, Cain & Associates was hired to design a replacement elevator. The new machine was to be able to lift 70 people at a time and use radar sensors instead of counterweights to determine how many people are on board. It also required less maintenance than the old one.
The new elevator began operating in 1977, and since then it has been upgraded so it can lift up to 140 pounds per square foot. This makes it capable of lifting up to 14 people at a time.
The normal elevator has a capacity of 1,000 to 2,000 pounds and can hold at least four or five people, but the real answer will depend on the physical dimensions of your lift. A home elevator is usually intended to transport one or two persons. There are also large commercial elevators that can carry up to 100 people at a time.
The maximum number of people that an elevator can safely hold depends on several factors such as door width, floor spacing, etc. Most elevators are designed to safely hold six people back-to-back. Any more than this and you risk causing discomfort for those behind you or having to wait longer than expected for help to arrive.
In general, if you're able to stand upright and comfortably fit between the doors when they are open then you should be fine. The lift can always be pressurized with air if need be. However, if you find that you have to duck down a little when getting in or out then you should consider whether it's safe to ride together as a group.
The only real limit to how many people can use an elevator is the size of the car. Standard elevators come in three sizes: small, which can hold about six people; medium, which can hold about eight people; and large, which can hold about twelve people.