From the Mouths of Babes: Otis, Children’s Hospital Collaborate on Unique Project

Employees of Otis and Levine Children’s Hospital in Charlotte, North Carolina, collaborated on a unique project that resulted in the voices of children ages 4 to 17, rather than your standard, boring adult voice, relaying elevator messages to passengers of the hospital’s four elevators. Young patients competed to have their voices featured in an art contest in which they imagined an elevator interior of the future. Winners then recorded announcements such as “Second Floor Family Resource Center and Temple” or “Please Stand Clear of the Closing Door” in the Ryan Seacrest Foundation’s Seacrest Studio located at the hospital. The kids, their parents, Otis and hospital employees attended an unveiling of the custom voice system in January. Otis observed: “The range of ages makes for heart-warming and endearing contributions by some of the younger patients, as well as quite professional and refined responses by the older children.” Geared toward introducing kids to creative media, the Seacrest Foundation is in 10 pediatric hospitals.

World’s Largest Ship Elevator

The Three Gorges Dam in China’s Hubei province is a 600-foot tall structure that sits in the middle of the busy Yangtze River waterway.  So, the logical question would be is: “how do ships navigate the extreme difference in water heights on either side of the dam?”  You build the world’s largest ship elevator of course.

The elevator, which opened in September 2016, weighs about 15,500 tons and can carry ships over 370 feet and lift about 6.7 million pounds of water or cargo.  Pretty impressive. According to the video below, it used to take three hours to go through a series of five locks to get from the bottom to the top the dam. Since the installation of the elevator, tourists on cruise ships can rest easy, the trip takes only a short forty minutes – and, by the looks of it, a pretty interesting ride itself.

The Cube

The elevator industry is full of many generous people who never seem too busy to lend a helping hand or spend hours creating something for someone else.

Recently, while browsing LinkedIn, an example of such came across my feed. Simply dubbed “The Cube” by imgur user , its creators are proud employees of Midwest Elevator Company, Inc. Here’s the original post by Branch Manager Brent Snyder, with more information.


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