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December 19, 2014

SCHINDLER TO OUTFIT SRI LANKA “VERTICAL GARDEN”

Schindler will provide the elevator system for the world’s tallest “vertical garden,” 52-story Clearpoint Residences in Colombo, Sri Lanka. Four 7000 elevators with Power Factor One regenerative drives and PORT destination control comprise the package. The elevator system will be part of the first sustainable high-rise apartment complex in the country, with solar panels to generate electricity to power lights and elevators, wastewater recycling and planted terraces for each of the 164 apartments. The project marks the introduction of PORT technology to Sri Lanka.

ELEVATOR UPGRADE FOR YOUNGSTOWN STATE IN OHIO

Ohio officials have approved US$1.8 million worth of elevator improvements for Youngstown State University in Youngstown, Ohio, The Review reports. Elevators in six residence halls and the school’s Maag Library will be either replaced or modernized. Most of the campus’s elevators are more than 25 years old, and upgrading them is vital to the safety of students and anyone else on campus, university officials said.

PLANS FOR JERSEY CITY SKYSCRAPER REVAMPED

A 950-ft.-tall tower is the new, taller plan for a site formerly earmarked for a pair of 60-story towers at 99 Hudson Street (ELENET 598) in Jersey City, New Jersey, New York YIMBY reports. There are still approximately 1,000 residential units planned. If it is built, the tower at 99 Hudson Street would be the tallest in New Jersey. Perkins Eastman is designing the structure, but, as of December 11, no renderings had been released.

December 18, 2014

 

KEB AMERICA PROMOTES HEISER

The Elevator Drives division of KEB America has promoted Tony Heiser to business development manager. In this role, he will lead the division’s commercial and technical activities. Heiser has been with the company for nine years, primarily as an elevator engineer. He holds a BS in Electrical Engineering from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities.

SERVICOM TO MODERNIZE MOROCCO AIRPORT ELEVATORS

Servicom, distributor and installer of elevators, escalators and air-conditioning systems in Morocco, has been awarded a EUR493,000 (US$614,746) contract to modernize six elevators at the Mohamed V International Airport in Casablanca, Morocco, Morocco World News reports. The National Office of Airports awarded the contract. Servicom’s partners are Ametal, Hidral, Osec, SEC, Servilift and SJEC Elevators & Escalators.

GLIMMERING TOWERS HOLD PROMISE FOR NEW BRUNSWICK

A trio of glimmering towers — a pair of 300-ft.-tall mixed-use buildings and a shorter, residential one — promise to help transform New Brunswick, New Jersey, into a more pedestrian-friendly place, New York YIMBY reports. Designed by Kohn Pedersen Fox and called The Hub, the project is being developed by New Brunswick Development Corp. and is the third phase in a transit-oriented plan that already comprises more than 1.3 million sq. ft. The Hub would be 1.7 million sq. ft. in area, and include a retail podium and interwoven, walkable roadways. The site boasts convenient rail connections to nearby New York City.

December 17, 2014

 

57-STORY TOWER TO BE STAR OF CANARY WHARF EXPANSION

London Mayor Boris Johnson has approved Wood Wharf, a 30-building expansion of the city’s Canary Wharf development, and a cylindrical 57-story residential tower designed by Swiss firm Herzog & de Meuron is to be the centerpiece, Construction Enquirer reports. Herzog & de Meuron is the firm behind the design of such striking buildings as the “Bird’s Nest” Olympic Games stadium in Beijing. In addition to retail, parks and other public amenities, Wood Wharf is set to include more than 3,000 new homes and a 1.9 million sq. ft. of office space. The first phase is scheduled for completion in 2018.

CONSTRUCTION STARTS ON LONG-DORMANT DUBAI PROJECT

Construction has started on the 48-story Anwa tower, a residential component of Dubai Maritime City, a massive mixed-use development that was first proposed in 2003 but stalled in the wake of the global financial crisis, The National reports. The building will contain 225 apartments, plus retail, and developers aim to have it complete in 2017. Although the building currently stands in a mostly empty, 2.2-million-sq.-ft. area that was envisioned as bustling, developers said interest has picked back up and expect additional buildings to start taking shape soon.

ESCALATORS ENHANCE ACCESS IN MYANMAR

A pair of escalators at each end of a new pedestrian overpass in Dala, Myanmar, was welcomed by government officials on December 12, Eleven reports. The 210-ft.-long, 12-ft.-wide overpass is available when nearby ferries are running. It is the first overpass in its region to be outfitted with escalators, but another one with escalators is set to open in January in Kabaraye Township.

December 16, 2014

 

51 KONE ELEVATORS FOR CHANGSHA, CHINA, OFFICE COMPLEX

KONE has won a contract to provide 51 elevators plus two years of maintenance to the Changsha Kineer International Center in Changsha, China. The center consists of a trio of 220-m-tall office buildings covering 3.5 ha expected to serve up to 6,000 visitors daily upon completion in 2017. The buildings will be outfitted with 44 MinispaceTM and seven S MonoSpace® elevators, as well as the E-LinkTM traffic-monitoring system.

MOSCOW SKYSCRAPER BLOCK EYES 2018 COMPLETION

Moscow officials are eyeing a 2018 completion for Moskva City, a block of office skyscrapers just outside the city center, Sputnik News reports. Much transportation infrastructure is complete, and additional road connections are projected. Among noteworthy buildings in Moskva City are the 48-story Evolution Tower, designed by RMJM Scotland Ltd. and boasting an interesting double-helix shape, and the 95-story Federation Tower East, which, upon completion in 2015, will be the tallest building in Europe. Evolution Tower was topped out in 2014.

TOWERS WOULD BE TALLEST IN TORONTO’S CONCORD CITYPLACE

The first renderings of what would be the tallest towers in the Concord CityPlace development in downtown Toronto have been released, UrbanToronto.ca reports. Standing at 64 and 75 stories, the towers would house residences and offices, and be linked by a 10-story podium with retail. The buildings were designed by Page + Steele/IBI Group Architects, and Concord Adex is the developer. No construction timeline was given. Should they be built, the towers would join approximately 20 other buildings ranging in height from eight to 49 stories.

December 15, 2014

SHEYA JOINS UNITEC AS WESTERN REGION ACCOUNT MANAGER

Ed Sheya has joined Unitec Parts Co. as Western Region account manager, based in Sacramento, California. His responsibilities include managing existing accounts and developing new business. Sheya comes to Unitec with 24 years of industry experience, most recently having worked for Otis in various management roles. He started his elevator career with Dover Elevator in 1987. He holds a BS in Information Systems from San Diego State University.

ASME ELEVATOR EVENTS UPDATE

The American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) will be hosting A17 Elevator Code Week at the Sheraton Sand Key in Clearwater Beach, Florida, on January 12-16, 2015. An elevator-code MasterClass taught by industry code veteran Louis Bialy that had been scheduled for the same month is now set for May 27-28, 2015, in New York City.

PARKING ELEVATORS AMONG TORONTO CONDO AMENITIES

A pair of elevators to whisk residents to their cars is among amenities being touted by developers of Barrington Condominium Flats in Toronto, The Globe and Mail reports. Taking a cue from high-rise condos in New York City and Paris, the plan involves residents paying extra for a parking spot and remote-control key fob with which they summon an elevator to take them to their cars. Designed by EI Richmond Architects, the 18-story building will include 93 units starting in the CAD$300,000s (US$260,240). It is scheduled to open in fall 2017.

RESIDENTIAL SKYSCRAPERS PROGRESS IN SWEDISH CAPITAL

Construction is set to start in May 2015 on Stockholm, Sweden’s Norra Tornen, a pair of residential skyscrapers that, at 120 and 104 m tall, will be the capital city’s third and fourth tallest buildings, Dezeen reports. A portion of the development’s 300 apartments is now on the market. Designed by OMA partner Reinier de Graaf, the buildings feature staggered profiles and precast concrete façades of overlapping cubes framing bay windows and balconies.

December 12, 2014

BARATTA TO LEAD SYSKA HENNESSY’S L.A. OFFICE

Syska Hennessy Group, Inc. has hired Michelle Baratta as associate partner in the firm’s Los Angeles (L.A.) office. In this role, Baratta will lead the practice in providing vertical-transportation consulting, design, reliability assessment and management for clients throughout the Southwestern/Pacific region, which encompasses L.A., Las Vegas and Phoenix, as well as Hawaii and Orange County, California. Baratta has 36 years of industry experience, and has consulted on numerous noteworthy projects throughout the U.S. and world. She is a NAESA International-certified QEI.

IN MEMORIAM: GEORGE W. “BILL” PORTER

George W. “Bill” Porter of Eckhart, Maryland, passed away on December 9 at the age of 89. Porter enjoyed a 32-year career in the elevator industry, servicing and inspecting elevators for Otis in the Maryland area. He was a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II, serving in the Pacific Theater. He is survived by his wife of 66 years, Leona Mae “Nonie” Porter; son, Warren; grandchildren, Jeffrey and Jennifer; sisters Mina and Shirley; step-granddaughter, Jessica; and four great-grandchildren. A service is planned at Durst Funeral Home in Frostburg, Maryland.

DALLAS CONDO TOWER GOING UP 

On December 8, construction began on a 33-story luxury condo tower in the Uptown neighborhood of Dallas, The Dallas Morning News reports. Developed by Harwood International and designed by Paris architecture firm Wilmotte & Associés S.A., Bleu Ciel will house more than 150 residences starting at US$750,000, as well as ground-level retail. The building is scheduled to open in early 2017.

December 11, 2014

LERCH BATES TO MODERNIZE UNITS IN HISTORIC L.A. HOTEL

Lerch Bates Inc. has been hired to modernize nine units in the historic Millennium Biltmore Hotel in Los Angeles. New AC gearless machines, modern controllers and advanced regenerative drives will be installed, as well as new cabs and hall fixtures that match existing aesthetics. Built in 1923, the hotel is a blend of Italian Renaissance, Mediterranean and Beaux Arts style. It has hosted numerous significant events such as nine Academy Awards ceremonies and U.S. President John F. Kennedy’s nomination acceptance speech. The elevator upgrade is scheduled to be complete in mid 2015.

CTBUH ESTABLISHES CHINA OFFICE, SEEKS DIRECTOR

The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) has established an office in China at Tongji University Shanghai and is seeking a director for it. The office is tasked with “acting as a conduit for translation and promotion of international CTBUH output to the China and wider Asia tall-building community.”  For more information about the office and position, visit the CTBUH website.

ELEVATORS BEING ADDED TO MONTREAL METRO STATIONS

The latest three elevators to be added to stations within the Montréal Métro were inaugurated December 9 at the Champ-de-Mars station, the Montreal Gazette reports. Aimed at enhancing passenger accessibility, the elevators are part of a multimillion-dollar improvement project that includes a new access tunnel to a new “super hospital” scheduled to open in 2016. Champs-de-Mars is the eighth metro station to get elevators, and work is underway to install them at two additional stations.

EIGSC ANNUAL HOLIDAY PARTY IS DECEMBER 16

Elevator Industry Group of Southern California (EIGSC) plans to hold its annual holiday party on December 16 at TAIX French Restaurant, 1911 Sunset Boulevard, Los Angeles, California 90026. The event is set to take place from 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m., and each EIGSC member is encouraged to bring at least one guest. Members are allowed four guests each. For questions, contact Ray Miller at (877) 888-0765.