Elevators for Elevators in Buffalo

During the first half of the 20th century, Buffalo, New York, had the largest capacity for grain storage in the U.S. with more than 30 concrete grain elevators along the Buffalo River and Lake Erie. In addition to serving as monuments to a former prosperity  — the first grain elevator was built in Buffalo in 1842 and the last in the 1950s — the structures boast distinct historical features. Some of the remaining 20-odd facilities are being preserved and even reborn, such as one that is now a mixed-use building, Silos at Elk Street, that serves as headquarters for Young + Wright Architectural. After buying the property for only around US$5,000 at auction, the firm poured approximately US$3 million into its transformation, which includes an elevator (of the vertical-transportation, rather than grain-storage, variety). Young + Wright tells ELEVATOR WORLD the transformation includes a five-stop elevator by Schindler in a five-story, brick building that formerly housed drying operations for grain used to make beer. “We have not actually touched the silos portion of our building,” the firm’s Mark Gallivan says. So, this post might be a little misleading in that the elevator is not actually located in the former grain elevator. However, an elevator in a grain elevator could be coming to Buffalo soon as part of Erie Canal Harbor Development Corp.’s plan to transform the circa 1915 Connecting Terminal on the Outer Harbor into a public attraction with an outdoor viewing deck. The Connecting Terminal is already home to nightly light shows.

The five-stop Schindler elevator that serves the offices.

 

The Super Elevator and Escalator

The National Elevator Industry, Inc. (NEII®)’s latest infographic visualizes the key powers elevators and escalators have within the building industry, along with some interesting stats on their speed, strength and “healing” capabilities. NEII produced it for last week’s National Elevator Escalator Safety Awareness Week. I think graphics like these are an excellent way to get kids interested in our equipment. When they’re thinking about it, they’ll be safer on it, too. Download the high-resolution PDF here.

Finding Holiday Cheer

A still from a commercial for retailer IKEA shows two strangers making the best of their holiday while trapped in an elevator. Image produced by stv DDB via Ad Week.

As we approach the holidays, we are reminded to count our blessings. For most of us, that’s easy to do, because our greatest gifts — friends and family — are with us to enjoy the season. Not everyone, however, is so fortunate. According to figures cited by Sweden-based IKEA, a housewares retailer best known for its do-it-yourself furniture, about three in 10 people spend their holidays away from family. To help illustrate the point, IKEA teamed up with Italian advertising agency stv DDB to create a charming commercial that features … you guessed it: a broken elevator with two strangers trapped inside. A big thank you to industry publication Ad Week for bringing the spot to our attention; watch it here on their website.