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The Hopper Engineering Associates team provides practical and exciting solutions to unique problems in several industries. To showcase our recent work we choose a project of the month. An archive of previous winners can be found here.

December 2014 Project:

Coker Elevator Replacement
Coker Elevator Replacement

An existing passenger elevator in the Coker unit of a local refinery is becoming increasingly unreliable due to age and limited availability of replacement parts. A new elevator is to be installed at the unit. Consideration is given to limit impact to operations during construction, minimize necessary structural upgrades and expedite the permitting process while maintaining a tight budget.


Engineering and project management support were provided during option brainstorming, bid package preparation, bid analysis and vendor selection. As a temporary construction elevator is required to allow operations to continue during the new permanent elevator installation, the existing structure was analyzed for both the temporary and permanent elevator loads. Effort was made to minimize the structural modifications required by working with the elevator vendor as they designed the connection to the existing structure. The structural modification design was guided through the City of Los Angeles Plan Check process and permits were obtained in a timely manner.

Installation of the new elevator is scheduled in the near future.

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