GFC Library Universal Lift System

Universal Lift System

GFC uses a unique pneumatic system—the Universal Lift System—to move large, heavy bookshelves for flooring installation or library re-organization. It uses compressed air and a wheel and rack system to raise the full shelves and move them safely and quietly to a nearby location until the new flooring is installed. The Universal Lift System is even quiet enough to allow the library to remain open during the process.

Library Mobilization System - Ozuna Library

Ozuna Library - Palo Alto College

Project Challenges

The library’s original nine-year-old carpet had been troublesome from the beginning. Carpet seams were
lifting and the administration suspected moisture in the building might be responsible.

After a long delay to investigate the problem and to find the perfect new carpet, in the end they chose a custom
design to match existing imported floor tiles. GFC only had a month to complete the job before the fiscal year-end.

Project Results

The custom carpet was produced and delivered by C&A in a month and GFC installed it in a record time of 10 days.
The library stayed open during the entire process and the client was very happy with the finished space.

Lucille Dade, DeSoto Library Director

DeSoto Public Library

Project Challenges

Keeping the library open, keeping books on the shelves during the move and minimizing disruption to the public are
essential to a successful job.

Project Results

Beyond replacing the carpet, the GFC team rearranged the floor plan which ultimately created a better experience for
the library customers.


Lucile Dade (shown above) is the Library Director at the DeSoto Public Library in DeSoto, Texas. She was thrilled when she heard Gomez Floor Covering could lift the stacks when replacing the carpet throughout the library.

“We are so pleased with the results,” Lucile says. “And we were able to stay open the entire time. That’s huge.”

In addition to installing new carpet, the GFC crew moved some other heavy furniture to create a desperately-needed seating area. Lucile was grateful for the level of cooperation and service she received from GFC.

What Our Customers Are Saying About GFC’s Library Mobilization System

This is to express my appreciation for the fine job that your crew did on the re-carpeting project for the Brookhaven College Library. I was extremely impressed by the attention to detail, which included measuring each aisle (all were different distances apart), marking each book case, marking the beginning and ending book on each shelf, mapping out the location of all furniture. All the shelving units were moved and replaced in their proper locations without any damage; books were moved onto book carts and back onto shelves in perfect order. The crew even helped us out by straightening some shelving and bolting units together, above and beyond the job requirements.

This was a great tribute to your training and supervision. I would unreservedly recommend GFC for any library project.

Ann Coder

Librarian, Brookhaven College, Dallas County Community College District

I want to express my appreciation for Anita Phillips and the team who installed our new carpet. The entire experience of working with GFC was flawless: from the patience you showed as we slowly reached a decision on color and style, through the planning stage, to the installation.

Everyone we encountered was helpful, courteous and efficient. I can’t say enough about how pleased I am with the entire process. The carpet is beautiful, the installers courteously worked with us, moving the shelving exactly where we wanted it, Anita Phillips was an excellent liason, and the project was finished ahead of schedule.

I approached this project thinking it would be a nightmare, but because of GFC, it turned out to be a breeze. Excellent job!

Kate Lyon

Administrator, Euless Public Library

I really appreciate your visit to my purchasing agent to help her understand your BuyBoard relationship; thus, making our County requirements able to be completed minimal effort. Once onsite, nothing was performed in a haphazard way, but carefully and with sensitivity about how it would impact the staff and how the job should be done to make it right.

I was particularly impressed by the work ethic of your installers. They arrived at the expected time, took their lunch break and went right back to work, not leaving until the job was completed. It is very difficult to find a vendor with the degree of expertise and responsiveness your staff demonstrated while here, and to find one with whom customer service is not merely a phrase, but a very attainable goal that you work hard to achieve.

I wholeheartedly recommend GFC for any carpet installation, and especially for carpet installation of Libraries.

Sharon l. McAllister

Director, Hood County Library

The carpeting project at Richardson Public Library is complete and we are so pleased. It was particularly difficult working on multiple floors while we were open, and with the amount of furniture, books and shelving that were involved.

Betty Smith was a delight to work with.  She kept us informed and asked for our input when appropriate. Indeed, the entire crew was aware that we are a public building and that our customers are important to us. They worked quickly, quietly, and with a minimum of disruption.

I had received recommendations from the Public Library Administrators of North Texas for work you had done in other libraries. As usual, you can count on PLANT to recommend the best

Jane Merz

Director Of Library Services, Richardson Public Library

Gomez Floor Covering provided excellent customer service to the Farmers Branch library before and during the carpet installation project. The project included carpet installation as well as the moving and rearrangement of shelf ranges and furniture.

The project manager Bette Smith was knowledgeable with broad experience, very attentive to detail, and excellent to work with. The crew was efficient and satisfactory in every way. I am impressed with GFC and their staff’s pride in their work and customer service. I wholeheartedly recommend your company and staff for any carpet installation project.

Danita Barber

Library Director, Farmers Branch Manske Library

Gomez Floor Covering installed our new carpet at the Schimelpfenig Library during a two-week period. I heartily recommend their services. GFC has a well-trained and cooperative staff with years of experience in carpet installation. In addition to the expertise that they bring to the job, the human side of their business is also outstanding.

The crew supervisor we dealt with, Betty Smith, was congenial to work with and always made every effort to communicate the logistics and necessities of the job and to involve us in the decison-making. The crew put in extra time at the end of long days to meet our deadline, and everyone involved in the project was dedicated, professional, and courteous. The result was a carpet installation with an outstanding appearance, one that will serve us well for the next ten years or more.

Glen Pourciau

Library Manager, Schimelpfenig Public Library, City Of Plano