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Problem - Finding The Front Door


When a driver enters a suburban apartment complex just about anywhere, he is pretty much on his own.  If he has a GPS, he is considered "off-road".  Even experienced drivers cannot be expected to remember the front door location for every unit because in real life there are numerous complications, including the following:

1). Diversity of Apartment Complex Design 

Apartment builders use a wide variety of schemes to assign apartment unit numbers. Practically all numbering schemes consist of a combination of these possibilities:

  • Left to right, or vice versa
  • Front to back, or vice versa
  • In a circle around the building (or breezeway)
  • Unit contains letters in addition to numbers
  • No match of unit with building number or floor

We have found that even buildings within the same complex often have different numbering schemes (and possibly, and most likely - several different building layouts). As there are no current numbering standards almost all drivers (no matter the experience level) will experience difficulty locating a given apartment, especially at night or in inclement weather.  

2). Variety of Building Types
The most prevalent apartment building types have a combination of these characteristics:

  • Full breezeways, which extend through the building from front to back
  • Partial breezeways, or cut-in entryways to two or more units
  • One floor complexes with front doors spread around the building 

Our experience documenting just over 31,000 units shows that the proportion of front door access from Full Breezeways is about 55%, from Partial Breezeways is about 35%, and from one floor complexes (or just doors off by themselves) is about 10%.

Compounding the front door location problem are units that require access from the side or back of the building. Extra time is often spent: 

  • Consulting apartment site maps (if available, readable, complete, and/or correct - we provide improved copies of these layout maps)
  • Looking for apartment personnel (usually on premises only during normal working hours)
  • Just walking around trying to find the specific unit (only 20-30 per cent are visible from the street or nearby parking) 

Another area of concern is stair location; Delivery Locator's new Apartment Delivery Guide System  - (currently under reconstruction - as of August 2017 - for now the Current Maps tab above works as a partial solution)

solves this problem by providing detailed location information for each basement, second, or third floor unit: 

  • Is the bottom of single stairs going to the chosen unit closer to the "Front", "Middle", or "Back" of the building?
  • Are there two sets of stairs to get to the specified unit - if so, bottom of stairs choices could be "Front and Back", "Front and Middle", "Middle and Middle", or "Middle and Back"? 

What's the best solution for solving these problems that we could come up with after years of trial and error?

   Solution - Apartment Delivery Guide System

We designed Delivery Locator's  Apartment Delivery Guide System using a common sense approach; it is quite unique (we often call its terminology "apartment-ese") – no prior art in this area could be found, despite extensive research and searches on the internet (i.e., search for "Apartment Delivery" and see what results you are presented with).  A systematic method was devised from scratch to collect data for each apartment (and each building) in a standardized way. To compile this much detail does require that the collector be on-site; GPS units, aerial - or even site maps can not be relied on for much of the detail needed, such as accessibility to unit from the appropriate full or partial breezeway, or from a specific side or back of the building; stair(s) location; relative location of the unit from the front of the building, and parking/standing location (we get within a couple of feet).   

As in any system meant to get you from point A to point B, accuracy of the data is of the highest importance.  Our copyrighted apartment unit data (see next paragraph), along with general information specific to the community itself (map, street address, phone and fax number, web site, GPS coordinates for office, entrances, and parking spots appropriate for each unit, etc.) are currently housed as table entries in a SQL relational database.  

How does the Apartment Delivery Guide System work?

Whether it’s a medical emergency or flower delivery, a driver armed with Apartment Delivery Guide data has a mental picture of his destination (he doesn't even need a GPS device, just internet access) while en route; he will arrive at the location in a safer and more expedient manner. Our data base shows for the front door of each apartment not only the where (building, floor, breezeway, location of door relative to front of building, nearest parking), but also the how (accessibility, stair location, and any special applicable notes). 

Let's say you're searching for apartment 14211 at Westview apartments and you're lucky enough to have a building map - now check further to see what else the Apartment Delivery Guide tells you about the sought after unit - please see our Example  for more detail.    

Who could benefit from this important location data? And what area does it currently cover? Please see our Who Where-Top of Next Page page for answers.