HHL Architects was engaged by the owner of the Hyatt Regency Buffalo to upgrade and modernize the three elevators serving the 16-story historic former Genesee Hotel and one additional elevator located in the attached 4-story annex. Working with Schindler Elevator, HHL developed a design which incorporated new technologies to these 1970’s-era elevators, brightening the cab lighting and creating new interest for the patrons. The modern cab design of wood, stainless steel, terrazzo and illuminated graphics pay homage to Buffalo’s turn-of-the-20th Century design significance which is enhanced by the highly modernized design of these 21st Century elevators.
Each cab is trimmed with wood style-and-rail wall panels to blend with the lobbies, and features a cross-buck textured stainless steel panel to reflect the crossed patterns of the cast bronze rope details of the original façade. A circular metal cove illuminated ceiling is mirrored by a circular pattern of bronze and brown colored terrazzo floor below. New technologies in the cab include touch-screen controls and LCD panel information system. The back wall of each cab is highlighted with an edge-lit LED historic glass mural of historic Buffalo. The four historic images are from the 1901 Pan American Exposition, Niagara Falls, and Main Street near the site of the hotel.