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April 25, 2018

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OTIS WINS WUXI METRO CONTRACT

Otis Elevator (China) Co. Ltd. will provide 102 escalators and 24/7 maintenance support to Wuxi Metro Line 3 Phase 1, in the Wuxi business hub near Shanghai. The third main line in the Wuxi network, Line 3's first phase will have 21 stations and stretch 28.5 km underground when completed in 2020. It will connect the districts of Huishan, Liangxi and Xinwu to serve key industrial areas, main rail and air transportation hubs, and the city center. Otis China will also provide the Otis Metro Maintenance Management System (OM3S®) to support Wuxi Metro. The company calls OM3S "a specialized service system that provides around-the-clock support for metro customers." Introduced to China in 2013, the system's network includes dedicated metro service offices staffed by specially trained mechanics.

DEVELOPER BREAKS GROUND ON TAMPA HOTEL TOWER

Developers have broken ground for construction of a 26-story hotel in Tampa's Water Street, a 50-acre, US$3-billion project that will transform the city's skyline, Tampa Bay Business Journal reported on April 23. The JW is only the first building of the huge project but has already been designated as the official host hotel for the Super Bowl, which the city will host in 2021. Among amenities for the tower will be Tampa Bay's highest rooftop bar. All told, developer Strategic Property Partners plans 9 million sq. ft. of commercial, residential, hospitality, educational, entertainment, cultural and retail space at Water Street Tampa, including apartment and condo towers.

NANJING SUPERTALL DETAILS RELEASED

The Yangzi Evening News recently reported on the submission of the planning and design plan for the southwest Nanjing River Fishmouth Financial Agglomeration Project in China. The first phase includes a 580-m-tall tower for the sprawling project’s “A block” in Nanjing, which would be one of the tallest in the city and positioned as a new international center in the Jiangnan District. The Southwest River Fishmouth Financial Agglomeration Area is the core area of the Hexi Central Business District, located at the junction of what are known as the “three rivers” of the Yangtze River. The total area of the project exceeds 160,000 m2.

GOODS LIFT CHOSEN FOR COLD STORAGE

Germany-based Lödige Industries has installed a goods lift for a logistic service provider building a new healthcare distribution center in Nijmegen, Netherlands. The customer is headquartered in nearby Wijchen and has been working closely with the Lödige team in the Benelux Union for many years. The cooperation has resulted in the installation of six goods lifts in distribution centers in Helmond, Eindhoven and Waalwijk, all in the Netherlands. For this application, the customer needed a goods lift to be installed in a cold storage area. As a lift requiring hydraulics was not applicable, Lödige’s Sherpa goods lift with chain lifter was chosen. The two-stop chain-driven lift has a capacity of 1500 kg and speed of 0.2 mps.

VANCOUVER OFFICE TOWER RECEIVES APPROVAL

City officials in Vancouver, Canada, have approved a plan for a 36-story office tower, Skyrise Cities reports. The 167.7-m tower at 1133-1155 Melville Street, being developed by Oxford Properties, will feature cantilevered sections that provide shelter and shade on the ground and serve as platforms for outdoor terraces — seven in all, including vegetated spaces, a two-story loggia and a sky garden. The development will also include a strip of retail on the ground floor. The structure was designed by James KM Cheng Architects. The application was first submitted in July 2015 but was revised in October 2017 to make the design taller and slimmer with reduced floor space.

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