Grand Opening of the Robert B. Rowling Hall was a success!

New escalators installed by EMR Elevator at the new Robert Rowling hall building.
New glass elevators installed by EMR Elevator at the brand new McCombs School of Business.
EMR elevator construction team with general contractor DPR 

The UT community gathered last night for the grand opening of Rowling Hall and lit up the skies over campus and Austin last night. A great cause for celebration!

Grand Opening of the Robert B. Rowling Hall was a success! The construction teams and project managers on this project have continued to work on the elevators and escalators to help show off the building to all the friends and donors at McCombs School of Business. Our teams showed up in their best to enjoy the festivities and run the glass elevators for Mr Robert Rowling himself!

EMR proudly accepted praises for their support and continued efforts at RBRH and all of their UT projects.




Elevator construction for the future site of the Texas MBA, Rowling Hall.



EMR Elevator is stepping closer to completion of the Robert B. Rowling Hall construction project which includes 1 basement style geared traction,2 overhead geared tractions, 4 MRL gearless tractions, 1 passenger hydraulic, 1 hydraulic bi-parting freight elevator,  and 4 escalators.

The cutting edge building designed by Ennead Architects and Jacobs Engineering, managed by DPR is coming together nicely.

Construction plans on the future site of the Texas MBA, Rowling Hall, began fall 2014. The new building, next to the AT&T Executive conference center on the west side of the UT-Austin campus, is projected to open this year. Rowling Hall will be the “launch pad” for projects between the school’s students & alumni, and the wider Austin community. The vertical transportation installed by EMR Elevator’s open hoistways are a stand-out feature of this building. These Motion Control Elevators are a innovative product heritage – non-proprietary, serviceable and maintainable elevator customized specifically for the building’s design and high-traffic use.

Check back with us to see updates on this project.


“MEI delivers versatile learning and support of their manufactured equipment”


EMR traveled to the Midwest to MEI (Minnesota Elevator Inc.) manufacturing facility. The construction teams participated in the training at the MEI corporate office in Mankato Minnesota where they received in-depth training instructions on the products and manufacturers MEI supports.

They covered the installation course for cabs, fixtures, rails, power units, VMI controllers, piping, hydraulic jacks and GAL door equipment.

MEI specializes in custom built elevators throughout the world. Each elevator produced by MEI is individually engineered.  The customized full elevator packages are being installed at UT Southwestern Medical Center by EMR Elevator.

There’s a reason why the manufacturer train the installers. MEI delivers versatile learning and support of their manufactured equipment and educates the installers to increase product quality from engineering to installation. Training and support gives the next generation of installers a heads up on the newer non-proprietary equipment engineered for the ever-changing industry. The training administrators are given the tools to provide the entire learning process, from baseline knowledge to hands-on. The course provides the behind-the-scene operation and engineering tools to successfully install MEI equipment. The construction team will carry the knowledge and experience with them throughout their careers.







UT Southwestern Medical Center’s construction project’s history and growth.



EMR construction in Dallas is proud to be awarded another leading Vaughn Construction project for The University Texas Southwestern Medical Center.

Renovations and upgrades are taking place in six different buildings on campus and cover an additional 37,000 SF space!
The vertical transportation scope consist of multi-level structures for the installation of 10 Motion Control Elevators. The MCE non-proprietary manufacturer, customized each state-of-the-art controller for this project.
EMR’s project management and construction team work together to meet the general contractor’s needs for UTSW.

EMR’s Vice President Larry Evans who was born and raised in DFW says, “I remember the major construction of Parkland Memorial Hospital back in the early 80’s when it was the primary teaching institution for UT. This construction project serves the past and present of DFW. It’s a great honor for everyone involved”

As Mr. Evans states, there is a great history behind this grand medical complex.

It started back in 1943 after Baylor moved from Dallas to Houston. The Southwestern foundation was determined that DFW should continue to have a medical school. So, classes and laboratories were setup in temporary army barracks behind the old parkland hospital.

This historic facility has little resemblance of the tiny wartime medical college launched in the army barracks back in the 1940’s.

1945_utswUT bought the facility in 2005 and turned it into one of the leading academic medical centers in the country. The campus has grown to be one of the world’s top academic medical centers and No. 1 hospital in Dallas-Fort Worth.

The growth is directly contributed to the work of thousands of dedicated physicians, nurses and world-renowned researchers.
EMR is proud to contribute to this major economic impact that UTSW has added to North Texas. In fact, each dollar spent by UT Southwestern generates more than $2 additionally for the local economy.

Interesting facts:
– The original hospital opened in 1894 in a wooden building on a 17-acre meadow located at Oak Lawn Avenue and Maple.

– The name Parkland came from the land on which the hospital was built, originally purchased by the city as a park.

– Parkland hospital was the medical center that treated our President John F. Kennedy and Texas Governor John Connally after they were assassinated in Dallas 1963.

EMR Dallas mechanics volunteer their time to make a difference in Houston








On Friday afternoon, EMR team members loaded over $16K of much needed food, water, diapers, pet products and much more.

EMR Volunteers included DFW mechanics, James Martin and Keith Franklin of Dallas Texas.

The two mechanics used their Labor Day weekend to drive the loaded EMR semi-trailer truck to Houston. They headed right into the devastated cities looking for areas in need of their help and supplies.

It was a heartfelt experience and sight to see. As they drove up, they were immediately welcomed with smiles and cheers of gratitude. Families and staff volunteers, began waving them into their temporary shelters within parking lots, college gymnasiums and churches.

Children smiled from ear to ear when they pull out bags of stuffed animals for them.

A father tears up when he is offered food and water for his family of 4 living in a truck. A mother chokes up as they reopen truck to hand her food and clothing for her little ones before leaving to the next shelter.

Local animal shelter volunteers, in a fleet trucks stop to thank them for not forgetting the diplaced pets in need of pet supplies. The list of gratitude goes on and on.

On behalf of the entire EMR family and Houston, we thank our amazing volunteers who worked tirelessly throughout the weekend until the supplies were distributed to multiple shelters throughout Houston Texas.

We extend our gratitude to ALL who have contributed their time and resources to help rebuild one of largest U.S. cities blessed by the energy and hearts of Texas.


Quotes for the soul,

“Volunteers don’t necessarily have the time; they have the heart” – Elizabeth Andrew

“Everyone can be great, because everyone can serve” – Martin Luther King Jr.

What steps to take if your elevator was impacted by water.



Elevators are susceptible to flooding since the pits are usually the lowest point in a building. If water came into the building, most likely the elevators were effected. When flooding occurs, it is important to document as much information as you can and take pictures right away.

Information to consider:

  • Approximately when flooding occurred?
  • Did the water reach the car or machine room?
  • What moving mechanisms and solid state equipment got wet?
  • Was the car completely submerged in the water?

Important facts:

  • Hoist ropes, compensation ropes and traveling cable are typically damaged after sitting in water for any amount of time.
  • Any damage to life safety equipment, absolutely must be replaced.

Any elevators and escalators exposed to water should definitely be shut down. It is best to schedule a survey of equipment as soon as the weather’s cleared.

For safety reasons, if water’s found, do not resume operation or restore power until an elevator professional performs an inspection of the control panel.

Recovery from natural disaster Tropical Storm Harvey.

EMR is offering free surveys to damaged or flooded equipment in the surrounding Houston and Galveston areas. Experienced elevator adjustors are available to provide you with the quotes your  insurance company will need to start your repair process.

Huricane Harvey


Quote for the soul:

The time to repair the roof is when the sun is shining. – John F. Kennedy

Hurricane Harvey Elevator Preparation







EMR is assisting UTMB Galveston as they watch and prepare for Tropical Storm Harvey as it moves into the gulf causing catastrophic flooding.

The hospital and emergency rooms are in full operation. EMR’s amazing E-1 Galveston team provides safety of the equipment and its occupants by remaining camped-out at the hospital throughout the storm.

The mechanics take immediate action to provide callback assistance to the hospital and local hotels open to emergency crews and staff.

It’s important that building and facility managers take proper precautions to prevent elevator use during any severe weather conditions.

Quotes for the soul:

There are somethings you can only learn in a storm. – Joel Osteen

You can’t calm the storm but you can calm yourself till it passes.