thyssenkrupp’s Tower Hosts Tallest Stair Race in Germany

DW reported that 700 signed up for the thyssenkrupp TOWERRUN. It took place on September 16 in Rottweil, Germany, at the company’s 246-m-tall elevator testing tower. Spanning 1,390 steps, the race began at the ground and ended 232 m up at the observation deck.

CEO Andreas Schierenbeck, an avid runner himself, also trained in the tower for the run and had planned to take part. The event even included police academy students, elite runners and team runners. More impressive, though, is the fact that firefighters “ran up the tower wearing their full gear, including heavy respirators” as part of a “stress test,” the source reported. It stresses me just thinking about it!

Drawing Attention

The cover of the September 2018 issue of Oregon Business magazine

In its September issue, Oregon Business magazine took on the topic of elevator maintenance and safety in an article titled “Shafted,” which noted a shortage of qualified technicians and a growing maintenance backlog as part of the reason for an increasing number of entrapments. In fact, the article became the edition’s cover story, and, as such, was the subject of much internal discussion about how to illustrate it. In a companion piece, Oregon Business Art Director Joan McGuire explained the creative process for designing the cover, which is both stark and compelling. As developers build ever higher, the issues raised in the article will have to be addressed, and the sooner, the better. This simple yet engaging cover should catch the attention of those in a position to tackle the problems.

Truly Hydraulic Accessibility

Readers of EW History columnist Dr. Lee Gray will know that hydraulic elevators used to use water instead of oil. This unique installation at Hawaii’s Grand Wailea Resort takes that a step further, pumping 25,000 gallons per minute to make a platform float for several people. In the video above, the “What’s Inside” YouTube channel gets the VIP tour of the water park’s water elevator.

The inception of what Interesting Engineering calls “the world’s only water elevator” came out of the owner’s desire for accessibility for his son, so he could use the water park. What’s not to love about that?!

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