The Ruan Center

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The Ruan Center is a high-rise office building built by Ruan Transportation in 1975 and stands at a height of 459.68 ft (140m). It is locally famous as the "rusty skyscraper," for its Cor-Ten steel cladding that sheds rust. It houses 13 elevators with floor count of 36 and was the tallest building in Iowa until the completion of 801 Grand in 1991. The south side of the building's site was formerly occupied by The Chamberlain Hotel.


When hosting a “lunch and learn” and attending MBI events and golf outing we connected with Hubbell Realty Company and Nuemann Brothers Inc.


After discussions regarding the building’s overall elevator maintenance and modernization strategy, we heard of several ongoing issues we were able to solve to improve elevator perfomance. In the process we earned their trust which resulted in serveral projects for Schumacher Elevator.


Ultimately, Schumacher was awarded the modernization project for a 6-car group of elevators serving 22 floors and was also awarded the service contract for 17 elevators and 4 escalators.

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