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.

EMR is “on board” with the new glass elevator install at DFW Airport

EMR Elevator, Inc. is in the final stage of installing two glass elevators at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport, Terminal D construction project. This will be the new duty-free shopping center scheduled to be open this summer 2017.

The international airport is getting on board with attracting worldwide flyers who are accustomed to seeing a wide variety of perks in places like Dubai, London and Shanghai. EMR is excited to be involved in this cutting-edge project that will serve millions of passengers from around the world!

The Terminal Development Program first announced the plans in August 2015 and is now putting the finishing touches on the biggest pieces of the 20,000-square-foot shopping mall. Sean Donohue, CEO of DFW Airport said; “The new duty-free experience at DFW will transform Terminal D and bring our customers an unparalleled level of luxury and service.”

The structure upgrade gives the world-class experiences and amenities travelers seek. EMR is installing the two, hydraulic glass passenger elevators on each side of the shopping center. The elevators are designed to allow expedient transportation to each level while providing a unique experience for passengers.

The units were manufactured by MEI Total Elevator Solutions, who individually engineered the elevators specifically for the airport project. The control operating panels are customized in the middle the wall instead of the typical front return. The cabs and hoist-way walls are transparent in order to provide the visual experience shoppers seek while keeping the exciting views of the aircraft landings.


Check back to see more updates with this project.


FUN FACT: Did you know that glass elevators aren’t really made of glass? In fact, they are panels made of acrylic. The term glass is used for quick recognition of the type of elevator.

FUN FACT: Did you know that acrylic is the material used in airplanes and dragster windshields? It is 20 times stronger than glass in impact resistance and is a fraction of the weight. Acrylic has been used since 1928 and used extensively in World War II as shatter resistant alternatives to glass for B-17 bomber nose cones and cockpits.

FUN FACT: What does duty-free shopping mean? Duty-free shops (or stores) are retails that are exempt from the payment of certain local or national taxes and duty, on the requirement that the goods sold will be sold to travelers who will take them out of the country

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Hensel Phelps presents award to EMR, for outstanding achievement.

Screenshot_2017-04-25-11-40-46-1EMR is honored to receive one of the four construction awards for outstanding achievement presented by Hensel Phelps Construction Co. One of the largest general contractors and construction managers in the United States. HP was recognized by the University of Texas System Office of Hub Development and received awards for exceeding HUB participation goals on the UT Austin Dell Medical School Stages A, B, C/E project along with UTMB Jennie Sealy Replacement Hospital project. IMG_20170420_211314_984

From planning and design to construction execution, EMR is proud to be recognized in the completion of these HP projects. The overall mission for UT System to support economic growth by involving historically underutilized businesses of Texas, proves to be a model of success!

The buildings were the first medical schools in decades to be built from the ground up at a leading research university. The Dell Medical School at UT Austin and the UTMB Jennie Sealy Hospital Galveston, reinforces the commitment of providing a new model for improving health. The plans were constructed to provide necessary clinical capacity and growth.

The UT Medical Branch honored HP’s success in completing one of the most important projects in Texas. EMR is honored to be involved in the success of completing the vertical transportation project which included installation of 15 traction and 1 hydraulic elevators at UT Dell, along with 10 traction and 5 hydraulic elevators installed at UTMB Jennie Sealy Hospital.


“Worry when you are not recognized, but strive to be worthy of recognition.” ~ Abraham Lincoln

Escalator Install by EMR at Robert B. Rowling Hall at UT Texas.

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At Robert B. Rowling Hall building in Austin Texas, EMR Elevator’s install team, is seen preparing for the installation, of their new escalators. These highly skilled mechanics, are busy hoisting and putting together, the units at McCombs School of Business, UT. This has been an exciting project, since the construction broke ground, November 7, 2015.

The installation involves a total of 4 two-level escalators, within the recently developed 458,000-sq ft. structure. The school’s cutting-edge design, was tailored for an active learning environment. The architectural goals, were created to offer a place where students can move seamlessly throughout the campus

The facilities vertical transportation, has a profound effect on the success of the building’s high traffic expectations. EMR is honored to serve such an important role to the completion of this project.

The core initiative of the building, is to accommodate the university’s plans, which seek to establish the college, as one of the most premier business schools in the world, by 2017.

Check back with us to see more updates and announcements!

Photo Credits: Frank Boyer, Ramiro Silva, Stoney Wright, Aaron Boyer, Zach Boyer, Jason Mabe, Miles Dalrymple, Stephen Hess & Justin Jones

Fun facts:

Robert Rowling is a Dallas business man and co-founder of TRT Holdings Inc. Learn here about the Rowling gift that launched the construction of the new business graduate business school.

Quotes for the soul:
“The journey of a thousands miles begins with one step.” – Lao Tzu
“The road to success is always under construction.” – Arnold Palmer
“Great things in business are never done by one person. They’re done by a team of people.” – Steve Jobs