Elevator World http://www.elevatorworld.com The Website of the International Building Transportation Industry Tue, 21 Apr 2015 13:24:28 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.1.1 Industry News for April 21, 2015 http://www.elevatorworld.com/industry-news/industry-april-14/ http://www.elevatorworld.com/industry-news/industry-april-14/#comments Tue, 21 Apr 2015 11:30:00 +0000 http://www.elevatorworld.com/?p=7720 13 UNITS FOR CHARBAGH STATION IN INDIA
Charbagh Railway Station in Lucknow, India, is set to get eight escalators and five lifts, The Times of India reports. The vertical transportation is set to join other amenities such as Wi-Fi and automatic ticket vending, which officials hope to have in place by July. Elevators are planned for platforms 1, 2/3, 4/5 and 6/7, and escalators at the first-class waiting hall and platforms 2/3, 4/5 and 6/7. Charbagh station was completed in 1923 and today is one of the busiest rail stations in India.

On April 13, the public got its first look at an approximately 1,200-ft.-tall, 93-story hotel/condominium tower proposed for Chicago’s Lakeshore East neighborhood, Curbed Chicago reports. In its current incarnation, Wanda Vista consists of three main tiers with a reflective façade. It would have approximately 400 residences and 170 hotel rooms. Studio Gang is the lead architect, and joint developers are Magellan Development of Chicago and Dalian Wanda Group of China. If built, it would become the third-tallest building in Chicago behind the Willis and Trump towers.

The Elevator Conference of New York (ECNY) plans to host its annual Spring Dinner Dance on May 15 at 7:30 p.m. The venue is The Villa Barone Manor at 737 Throgs Neck Expressway, Bronx, New York, 10465, and the cost is US$130 per person. Guests are encouraged to host “celebrations within the celebration,” such as anniversaries and retirements, during the event at no extra cost. For additional information, contact Robert “Bobby Dee” DeFrancesco at (718) 706-8665 or visit the ECNY website.

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Industry News for April 20, 2015 http://www.elevatorworld.com/industry-news/industry-april-13/ http://www.elevatorworld.com/industry-news/industry-april-13/#comments Mon, 20 Apr 2015 11:26:09 +0000 http://www.elevatorworld.com/?p=7715 DEWAR PARTNERSHIP ADDS BURROWES, DOYLE TO TEAM
Dewar Partnership Ltd., the London-based subsidiary of Lerch Bates Inc., has hired vertical-transportation consultants Colin Burrowes and David Doyle. Burrowes has more than 30 years of industry experience. He has been an independent consultant and managed sales for KONE Great Britain and Otis subsidiaries The Express Lift Co. and Evans Lifts Ltd. Doyle recently served as portfolio sales manager for Schindler, where he grew the client base. He has also worked for ThyssenKrupp Elevator as a New Business Development manager. He is accredited with The Institute of Sales & Marketing Management.

Rupert Murdoch’s media companies News Corp. and 21st Century Fox are considering building a joint headquarters in a new 88-story building at the World Trade Center (WTC), The New York Times recently reported. According to an ELEVATOR WORLD source, a deal has been struck with the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey and developer Larry A. Silverstein involving a move by the companies from Midtown Manhattan, New York, to a new tower downtown, the construction of which would complete the rebuilding of the WTC site. To be known as 2 WTC, the office building would be built on the Port Authority’s land and developed by Silverstein.

ThyssenKrupp Elevator’s enviromax®, a 99% petroleum-free hydraulic fluid, was recently named a Top Product of the Year by the trade publication Environmental Leader. ThyssenKrupp Elevator describes enviromax as “the elevator industry’s first performance-improving, 100% recyclable, vegetable-based hydraulic fluid for use in hydraulic elevators.” It was codeveloped with BioBlend Renewable Resources, LLC, specifically for the North American market.


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Industry News for April 17, 2015 http://www.elevatorworld.com/industry-news/industry-april-12/ http://www.elevatorworld.com/industry-news/industry-april-12/#comments Fri, 17 Apr 2015 11:34:40 +0000 http://www.elevatorworld.com/?p=7710 OTIS WINS PHILADELPHIA W CONTRACT
Otis has been hired to provide and maintain 12 elevators for a new W Hotel being built in Philadelphia. The order consists of 10 SkyriseTM and two Gen2® units. The 52-story, 700-room project is scheduled for completion in 2017. Tudor Perini Building Corp. of Sylmar, California, is the general contractor.

Kings III Emergency Communications has named Jonathan Guise Business Development manager for Palm Beach and Martin and Collier counties in Florida. He has more than 10 years of medical and pharmaceutical sales experience. While attending Gordon College in Wenham, Massachusetts, he played National Collegiate Athletic Association golf. He also studied abroad at Silliman University in the Philippines.

The Independent, a 58-story, 685-ft.-tall condominium tower, is planned in downtown Austin, Texas, the Austin Business Journal reports. It is part of a western downtown redevelopment effort that has included other tall buildings. No timeframe has been announced. Designed by Austin’s Rhode: Partners, the tower will resemble a Jenga® game in that it will have various sections stacked atop one another. Should it be built, it will be the tallest building in Austin and the tallest residential building west of the Mississippi River.

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Industry News for April 16, 2015 http://www.elevatorworld.com/industry-news/industry-april-16-2015/ http://www.elevatorworld.com/industry-news/industry-april-16-2015/#comments Thu, 16 Apr 2015 11:30:47 +0000 http://www.elevatorworld.com/?p=7706 AEA TO RELEASE UPDATED AUSTRALIAN HANDBOOK
The Australian Elevator Association (AEA) will soon publish a new edition of its “Owner’s Handbook” or “Blue Book,” officially called Lifts and Escalators 2015. Noel Smith of the AEA Technical Committee (which put the book together) said the new edition was prompted by “changes in the products provided by our industry and a change in jurisdictional management of those products.” Intended readers are owners, installers and service providers who want to understand their responsibilities in relation to risk management for vertical-transportation equipment. The book will be available for Lift Engineering Society of Australia Inc. (LESA) members at the LESA website.

What New York YIMBY describes as a future architectural icon in Midtown New York City (NYC) has gotten taller as it nears its 2017 completion. A new set of renderings for SHoP-designed residential tower 111 West 57th Street depict a 1,428-ft.-tall building, several feet taller than a previous estimate and taller than 432 Park Avenue, which topped out recently at 1,432 ft. as the tallest residential building in the Western Hemisphere. The 60-ft. width of 111 West 57th will make it among the thinnest skyscrapers in the world. The units will be high-end, starting at US$14 million.

A 31-story, 521-ft.-tall tower designed and developed by DDG promises to be the tallest in its East Side New York City (NYC) neighborhood, New York YIMBY reports. Featuring a handmade brick façade with cantilever and crown, the 180 East 88th Street building will house approximately 50 high-ceiled residences. A tenement on the site has been demolished, and completion is roughly anticipated in 2018.

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Industry News for April 15, 2015 http://www.elevatorworld.com/industry-news/industry-april-11/ http://www.elevatorworld.com/industry-news/industry-april-11/#comments Tue, 14 Apr 2015 22:27:22 +0000 http://www.elevatorworld.com/?p=7700 LERCH BATES DESIGNING SYSTEM FOR NEW ATLANTA STADIUM

Lerch Bates Inc. has been hired to design the vertical-transportation system for the US$1.4-billion stadium being built in downtown Atlanta. Boasting a first-of-its-kind, eight-piece, retractable roof that mimics a camera shutter, the stadium will replace the Georgia Dome as the new home of the National Football League’s Atlanta Falcons, in addition to a yet-to-be-named professional soccer team. The complex is scheduled for completion in 2017.


NAESA International has announced its one- and two-day Code Update Seminars have been confirmed as meeting the continuing-education requirements for the following organizations and states: the Qualified Elevator Inspector Training Fund, the National Association of Elevator Contractors (Certified Elevator Technician [CET®] and Certified Accessibility and Private-Residence Lift Technician [CAT®]) and the states of Texas, Washington, Wisconsin, Illinois, Missouri, Indiana, Pennsylvania and Delaware. Additionally, Florida has approved the 2015 Florida Code Update course held by NAESA for eight credit hours. To download agendas or register for upcoming seminars, visit www.naesai.org/calendar.php.


The third ELEVATOR WORLD Photo Contest is accepting entries through April 30. Last year, more than 250 submissions from 15 countries were received. Both companies and amateur photo enthusiasts have competed in each previous iteration for cash and the chance to be published in EW. Due to overwhelming response in the “Elevators (in any capacity)” category last year, the category has been separated into two: “Elevators (Commercial)” and “Elevators (Private Residence).” 


The deadline for the “Communication Systems” Focus Topic for the June issue of ELEVATOR WORLD has been extended until the end of the week. The July issue will focus on suspension means, including ropes, clamps, sheaves and plastic gears. Its submission deadline is May 15. To participate or for more information, contact the EW Editorial Department at phone: (251) 479-4514, ext. 30 or email: editorial@elevatorworld.com.

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Industry News for April 14, 2015 http://www.elevatorworld.com/industry-news/industry-april-10/ http://www.elevatorworld.com/industry-news/industry-april-10/#comments Mon, 13 Apr 2015 21:21:01 +0000 http://www.elevatorworld.com/?p=7693 CENTURY ADDS PRODUCTS MANAGER

Houston-based Century Elevators, Inc. has added Barney Hanna to its team as GEDA Products Manager in a new division focusing on scaffold-related lifting products. Hanna comes to Century with nearly 35 years of sales experience in dealer and distributor development. He has held various roles at Upright Scaffold USA, LLC, American Platform & Scaffolding and Power Climber. He is also a member of the Scaffold and Access Industry Association Board of Directors and a founding member of the ANSI A92.10 and A92.9 Standard Development Committees. He holds a BA in Business Administration from the University of Maryland, College Park.


Railway stations at New Delhi, Nizamuddin and Shahdara in Delhi, India, are among those scheduled to have escalators installed in the current fiscal year, the Business Standard reports. In all, 36 escalators are planned for an array of stations to help ease traffic flow. They are in addition to 12 already in place at stations such as New Delhi, Old Delhi, Nizamuddin and Vihar.


The Korea Elevator Safety Institute (KESI) says the Conrad Seoul Hotel failed to report a March 13 elevator accident in which two passengers were trapped for 10 min. but not injured, to KESI, the Korea Times reports. Conrad Seoul contends reporting the incident to KESI — which is required by law — was the responsibility of the elevator-management company. Elevator accidents are often underreported: of the nearly 4,300 accidents in Seoul in 2014, only 1,000 were reported to KESI. Failure to report can result in a fine up to US$4,570.

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Industry News for April 13, 2015 http://www.elevatorworld.com/industry-news/industry-april-9/ http://www.elevatorworld.com/industry-news/industry-april-9/#comments Mon, 13 Apr 2015 12:30:03 +0000 http://www.elevatorworld.com/?p=7685 TURKEY LEADS EUROPE IN ELEVATOR DEATHS BY WIDE MARGIN
Approximately 75%, or 32, of the 43 fatal elevator accidents in Europe over the past three years occurred in Turkey, BGN News quotes a national official as saying. Director of the Elevator Control Center of the Union of Chambers of Turkish Engineers and Architects Berkay Eriş, who revealed the statistic, said Turkey has less than 1/10th of Europe’s elevators — 400,000 out of 5.5 million. He said progress has been made since an elevator-inspection program began in 2012, when the number of “red-flagged” elevators was between 75-80%. Today, that has dropped to 50-60%.

Interlift 2015 organizer AFAG Messen und Ausstellungen GmbH expects newly enforced technical elevator standards EN 81-20 and -50 will make this year’s edition of the exhibition the most important one yet, considering that approximately 30 years have passed since the last comparable changes in the field of global standards. A newly built Hall 4 offers 4,500 m² of modern, column-free exhibition space in the Augsburg Trade Fair Centre in Augsburg, Germany, where the show will take place on October 13-16. Additionally, a concurrent VFA Forum will focus “on ensuring the training of youngsters and qualified staff, complementary to the motto of the VFA-Interlift stand ‘Elevators raise you up, training brings you further'” will present different paths of industry training.

The Massachusetts Elevator Safety Association (MESA) will hear a presentation from Dave Morgan at its April 14 meeting this month concerning the International Union of Elevator Constructors Local 4. Also, the Massachusetts Department of Public Safety has opened its April 23 inspector’s meeting to MESA members to see and hear what is discussed for inspector’s training. To attend, email MESA. In coming months, the association will hold a regular meeting on May 12, the MESA Boat Cruise on July 16, a golf tournament in August and another regular meeting on September 8.

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Industry News for April 10, 2015 http://www.elevatorworld.com/industry-news/industry-april-8/ http://www.elevatorworld.com/industry-news/industry-april-8/#comments Fri, 10 Apr 2015 12:30:46 +0000 http://www.elevatorworld.com/?p=7681 TOWER COMPLEX BREAKS GROUND IN BRISBANE
Work recently commenced on what is to be Brisbane’s tallest apartment building and the third-tallest building in Australia. Designed by Bates Smart and expected to cost AUD1 billion (US$770 million), the 300-m-tall, 92-story Skytower will be situated at 222 Margaret Street Brisbane alongside a 36-story building, also designed by Bates Smart. Together, the towers are called “111+222″ and will cover 157,900 m2 of prime real estate. Architecture and Design reports that upon completion, Skytower will house more than 1,100 apartments. Construction is scheduled for completion in 2019.

The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) Japan branch will hold “Vertical Habitat – Vision 2020 and Beyond” on May 22 at the Roppongi Hills Mori Tower in Tokyo. The organization said international speakers will “be joined by a panel of Japan’s key decision-makers” to discuss the future of tall buildings in Tokyo. Also in the Far East, CTBUH has launched its China office in Shanghai. An inaugural board meeting set the priorities of the office for the next two years.

Hyundai Elevator recently completed the installation of two double-deck elevators and four single-deck elevators in the LG Uplus building, WhowiredKorea reported. The 21-story edifice is the company’s headquarters and located in Yongsan, Seoul. Passenger capacity of the double-deck elevators is boosted by up to 1.8 times due to their technology, and these units also feature an adjustable floor-distance device, which precisely maintains the floor distance between the upper and lower cabins. All the elevators in the building are synchronized with its Hyundai Elevator Intelligent Access System (HELIAS), an intelligent passenger-traffic-analyzing system that optimizes deployment of elevator units depending on floor.

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Industry News for April 9, 2015 http://www.elevatorworld.com/industry-news/industry-april-7/ http://www.elevatorworld.com/industry-news/industry-april-7/#comments Wed, 08 Apr 2015 21:01:06 +0000 http://www.elevatorworld.com/?p=7674 62 KONE ELEVATORS FOR LANZHOU, CHINA, TOWERS

KONE booked an order in the fourth quarter of 2014 to equip Lanzhou International Commercial Trade Center in rapidly growing Lanzhou, China, with 62 elevators. The company will supply the complex with 28 KONE MiniSpace™ elevators and 34 MonoSpace® elevators, along with its E-Link™ remote-monitoring system. KONE will also provide real-time information on the status of the equipment and statistical reports on vertical-transportation performance in the 32-floor hotel building and 40-floor commercial tower. Work is expected to be completed in 2016.


WAGO has announced the appointment of Brian Ley to the position of industry manager — transportation. He joins WAGO after an extensive career in technical and operations management, engineering and consulting. In addition to a BS in Electrical Engineering and Lean Six Sigma certification, Ley is also an active member of the American Public Transportation Association and will represent WAGO on two American Railway Engineering and Maintenance-of-Way committees.


A 53-year-old man was found dead at the bottom of an elevator shaft at a steel facility in Burns Harbor, Indiana, on the night of April 5, nwi.com reported. An independent contractor with KONE, Gregory J. Sebahar was responding to an elevator service call prior to his death, KONE spokesman Patrick O’Connell stated. The county coroner said the victim was working inside the elevator and through a service door with access to a counterweight prior to his death. An autopsy indicated severe blunt-force trauma to the chest, abdomen and extremities as the cause of death. A police investigation is ongoing.

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Industry News for April 8, 2015 http://www.elevatorworld.com/industry-news/industry-april-6/ http://www.elevatorworld.com/industry-news/industry-april-6/#comments Wed, 08 Apr 2015 12:30:15 +0000 http://www.elevatorworld.com/?p=7669 SEMATIC APPOINTS EXECUTIVES
Italy-based Sematic Group recently announced appointments to its top management positions, naming Stefano Socci as CEO and Francesco Spotorno as chief financial officer. Before joining Sematic, Socci was CEO of Nicotra Gebhart, market leader of fan systems for residential and commercial uses. Previously, he was managing director of Faber, and, before that, gained extensive operational experience as vice president of Global Supply Line at KONE. Spotorno has worked for Whirlpool.

KONE is to deliver 28 ecologically efficient elevators to Shenzhen International Energy Mansion, the new headquarters (HQ) of the Shenzhen Energy Group in Shenzhen, China. KONE stated it was “chosen as key equipment supplier for its ability to meet the requirements of the design specifications and its high-level focus on eco efficiency.” The complex will feature 28 KONE MiniSpace™ elevators and E-Link™ remote-monitoring system, which connects the elevators to the building’s facility-management system. Designed by BIG and ARUP, the complex will include 218- and 116-m-tall towers on a total construction area of 143,000 m2. Construction is due for completion in 2017.

PNC Financial Services is more than 83% through construction of its future high-rise headquarters in Pittsburgh with the goal of making it the “greenest” skyscraper in the world, American Banker recently reported. PNC tested the ecologically friendly technologies meant for the tower in a 1,200-sq.-ft. prototype of the building unveiled in March. The company stated it is the first commercial office building mockup of such a scale in the U.S. and enabled it to resolve issues that would have been costly and time-consuming to fix on the tower site, yielding more than US$5 million. The 40-story, 800,000-sq.-ft. building is expected to consume 50% less energy than a typical office building. It is designed by Gensler and expected to open in the fall.

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