Inaugural Elevator Industry Safety Summit Boasts Escalators that Work! (and are lovely)

NAESA International’s inaugural Elevator Industry Safety Summit drew approximately 200 professionals to the Sheraton Grand Phoenix on May 21-23 for two days packed full of excellent presentations about elevator/escalator equipment and practices to prevent injury and save lives. At the end of the event, participants’ applause let organizer Bob Shepherd, NAESA executive director, know they definitely would like to see the event continue. The host hotel provided expansive ballrooms to accommodate the presentations, as well as impressive vertical-transportation systems. In addition to a Schindler destination-dispatch elevator system, Sheraton Grand Phoenix boasted an impressive bank of Otis escalators with lovely art installations. For whatever reason, at least one escalator at industry events your author has attended over the past several years has been out of service, so it was nice to see a system that was not only beautiful, but in perfect working order!


New HUD Secretary’s Housing Tour Delayed by Elevator

New Housing and Urban Development Secretary Dr. Ben Carson stopped in Miami, Florida, recently as part of a listening and learning tour, which included visiting a local affordable housing complex. The tour, which was locally important, became national news when Carson got stuck in the facility’s elevator for 20 minutes. As firefighters worked to free him from the elevator, which they did without incident, former NBA star Alonzo Mourning and others waited outside with encouraging words, like, “Don’t worry. You’re not going to run out of air.”



South Korea: The World’s First ‘Invisible’ Skyscraper (Coming Soon)


From left to right, a look at how the building will appear when the LED facade system isn’t activated; then lit with 30% power; on the far right, 100% power.

In highly developed countries, it seems that the motto ‘bigger is better’ continues to be the norm.  The Tower Infinity is no exception, however that isn’t its main attribute – it’s being designed to become invisible.  Yes, you heard that right.

As CNN reports, the building will house cameras that will capture real-time images of the surroundings, which will be displayed on hundreds of rows of LED screens spread over the tower and which will allow observers to take in the view that the tower would otherwise block. Digital processing will modify the images to allow the building to blend in with its surroundings further, thereby ensuring the camouflage is even more effective.

The 1,476 feet tower is primarily being designed for leisure activities and will include a series of observation decks, a 4D movie theater, roller coaster, Water Park, and numerous food and beverage outlets.

Once completed, it will be the sixth highest tower and third highest observation deck in the world.  The tower is being designed by GDS architects.