News

March 27, 2015

EW TURKEY LAUNCHES IN MAY
Elevator World, Inc. will publish its first issue of ELEVATOR WORLD Turkey in May. The magazine is to appear bimonthly in both English and Turkish, and launches alongside an email newsletter and website. It is produced in an Elevator World branch office in Istanbul, from where local editorial and production staff work. Magazine subscriptions are available in both print and digital versions, including app formats for both Apple and Android devices. Its initial distribution exceeds 3,000 qualified industry professionals.

WURTEC CELEBRATES 30 YEARS, EXPANSION AT OPEN HOUSE
Customers, suppliers, friends and family joined Wurtec, Inc. on March 18 for an open house at the company’s newly expanded 63,000-sq.-ft. Toledo, Ohio, facility to celebrate 30 years in business and the expansion. Activities included demonstrations of Wurtec’s new machining mill and Elevator Concepts by Wurtec’s residential elevator. Steve Wurtec, Wurtec president, described the event as “a great day surrounded by great people, and I feel that it has provided some energy for the organization that will last the entire year.”

94-UNIT ORDER FOR KONE IN HANGZHOU, CHINA
KONE has been hired to supply a 94-unit vertical-transportation system to Hangzhou G.T. Land Plaza, a Skidmore, Owings & Merrill-designed mixed-use development in an “emerging central business district” in Hangzhou, China. The order consists of 32 MiniSpaceTM and 20 MonoSpace® elevators and 42 TravelMasterTM escalators with destination control and E-LinkTM monitoring. Containing a hotel, offices, shopping mall and apartments, the development will feature a trio of 42-floor towers.

March 26, 2015

ELEVATOR WORLD ADDS KOSHAK TO BOARD

Elevator World, Inc. has added John Koshak, head and founder of Elevator Safety Solutions, LLC, to its board of directors. Koshak reactivated Elevator Safety Solutions in September 2008. Prior to that time, he served as director of Codes and Standards for North America for ThyssenKrupp Elevator. He was formerly in research at ThyssenKrupp Research, Innovation and Design. Koshak got his start in the industry in 1980 with Westinghouse Elevator Co. and has worked for Dover Elevator, Amtech Elevator and Adams Elevator Equipment Co., where he was vice president of Technical Support. He was a National Elevator Industry Educational Program instructor from 1982 to 1991, designed the LifeJacket™ hydraulic-elevator safety and holds several patents for elevator-component designs. Koshak is a member of the ASME A17 Standards Committee and a regent of the Elevator Escalator Safety Foundation.

64-UNIT ORDER FOR KONE IN CHINA

KONE has won an order to supply a 64-unit vertical-transportation system to a pair of towers that make up Gaosu Binhu Times Square, a mixed-use development in Hefei, China. The 238-m-tall (54-floor) and 180-m-tall (41-floor) towers will be outfitted with 40 MiniSpaceTM and four MonoSpace® elevators, 20 TravelMasterTM escalators and the E-LinkTM monitoring system.

NYC SHIFTS TOWARD OFFICE-TOWER ELEVATOR EVACUATION

A long review of codes and standards by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers has prompted New York City (NYC) officials to consider updating the city’s code to allow elevators to be used for evacuation during office-tower emergencies, The New York Times reports. Passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act in 1990 and the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center in 2001 are credited with helping bring about the shift, which represents a significant break with the traditional theory that stairs should be used during emergencies. Elevators are credited with saving thousands of lives in 2 World Trade Center after 1 World Trade Center was hit.

March 25, 2015

OTIS LANDS 73-UNIT HUDSON YARDS DEAL

Otis has been hired by Related Cos. to provide a 73-unit vertical-transportation system to 30 Hudson Yards, a 92-story, 2.6-million-sq.-ft. office tower that is part of the massive mixed-use development taking shape on Manhattan’s West Side in New York City. The order consists of 56 SkyriseTM, five hydraulic and one geared freight elevator and 11 NCE energy-efficient escalators, all connected by the CompassPlusTM destination-management system.

NEII ANNOUNCES NEW CODES & SAFETY DIRECTOR

The National Elevator Industry Inc. (NEII®) has appointed Kevin Brinkman to the Codes & Safety director position, effective April 1. He reports directly to the NEII board. Former Director Brian D. Black will become NEII Codes & Safety analyst. Brinkman has 30 years of industry experience and is president of consultancy Kevin L. Brinkman & Associates, LLC. He serves on various codes and standards committees. He was previously vice president, Engineering and Quality, for ThyssenKrupp Access Manufacturing, LLC, where he oversaw product development and safety-code compliance.

OPEN-AIR GARDENS FOR EAST 37TH STREET TOWER IN NYC

Open-air gardens on five levels are among shared amenities in a 65-story, 700-ft.-tall condominium tower being developed by Turkish firm Nef on East 37th Street in New York City (NYC), Curbed New York reports. Designed by Perkins+Will, the tall, skinny building won an award at a property event in Cannes, France, in March, but few other details about it have been released. It also features an angled, curtained wall and resident parking spaces.

March 24, 2015

SINGAPORE HOSPITAL GROUP CALLS ON KONE

KONE has been hired to provide the vertical-transportation system for Sengkang General and Community Hospitals, a 1,400-bed development being built in northeast Singapore. The number of units was not disclosed but includes MiniSpaceTM, MonoSpace® machine-room-less and TranSysTM elevators; TravelMasterTM escalators; and dumbwaiters from an outside source. The system will be remotely monitored by E-LinkTM, and some elevators will interface with automated guided vehicles to help ensure timely delivery of items such as meals and documents.

 PREVENTING HEAT LOSS THROUGH ELEVATOR SHAFTS IN NYC

A new study from the New York City (NYC) branch of the U.S. Green Building Council is prompting building owners and managers to seal elevator vents to prevent heat loss through shafts and reduce power bills, The New York Times reports. It costs approximately US$500-15,000 to retrofit a building to prevent this heat loss, but property owners are expected to recover their investment, in the form of energy-bill savings, within several years. Overall, the city’s property owners could realize US$11 million in savings, while reducing carbon-dioxide emissions by 30,000 mT.

RESIDENTIAL ELEVATORS RECALLED

A line of hydraulic residential elevators has been recalled by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, numerous news outlets, including Consumer Affairs, report. The Canada-manufactured elevators, sold by a South Carolina company to contractors and homebuilders, prompted three complaints about being able to operate with gates open, including an instance in which a 10-year-old Maryland boy suffered a severe brain injury. Approximately 240 units were recalled. Consumers were asked to stop using the elevators and contact the South Carolina company for a free repair.

March 23, 2015

APEX LIFTS LANDS MAINTENANCE CONTRACT WITH SHURGARD

Apex Lifts of London has landed a service and maintenance contract with Shurgard, the largest developer, owner and operator of self-storage facilities in Europe. The yearlong contract covers 46 lifts at 22 locations in London and Thames Valley, U.K. The contract went into effect in January.

CIBSE LIFTS GROUP ANNOUNCEMENTS

The Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE) Lifts Group and The Lift Academy have announced their annual paper competition as open for entries. The submission deadline is June 30. The subject this year is “Safe Working,” and papers are not to exceed 2,000 words. Additionally, registration for the Fifth Symposium on Lift and Escalator Technologies, being held on September 23-24 at Highgate House, Northampton, U.K., is now open. Registrations paid in full by June 30 will receive an early booking discount of GBP30 (US$44.77). CIBSE, University of Northampton, Lift and Escalator Industry Association and Institution of Engineering and Technology members receive additional discounts.

THREE-MONTH SENTENCE FOR CONVICTED ELEVATOR MECHANIC

The elevator mechanic found guilty of felony assault in a 2010 incident that permanently handicapped a Brooklyn, New York, woman in New York City has been sentenced to three months in jail and five years of probation, New York Daily News reports. The woman’s leg and hand became trapped between the elevator cab and shaft wall, an incident that jurors determined was caused by the mechanic bypassing a safety measure. The mechanic, who expressed remorse, had faced up to seven years in prison.

March 20, 2015

KONE ACQUIRES BRITISH COMPANY EXPRESS ELEVATORS

KONE has acquired Yorkshire, U.K.-based Express Elevators Ltd., a company with approximately 100 employees specializing in the maintenance, repair, modernization and installation of elevators with more than 2,000 units under contract. Express is located close to KONE’s regional offices in Keighley, U.K. The move promises to help KONE expand its presence in Yorkshire and the surrounding areas.

NEIEP EXPANDS COLLEGE TRANSFER OPTIONS

The National Elevator Industry Educational Program (NEIEP) recently announced that it partnered with the Registered Apprenticeship-College Consortium (RACC). The deal grants NEIEP graduates eligibility to receive up to 38 college credits at more than 100 accredited colleges and technical schools across the U.S. for the classroom and on-the-job training hours they completed during apprenticeship. RACC includes 104 colleges representing 387 campuses, five national registered apprenticeship programs representing 575 training centers and eight organizations that represent postsecondary institutions or registered apprenticeship programs.

ELEVATORS’ ROLE IN DESIGN CELEBRATED IN WITTUR BOOK

Wittur has unveiled a book, LIFTISMORE: History of Lifts and Architects in a Vertical World, celebrating elevators’ role in architectural design. It includes descriptions and photographs of Wittur projects around the world that show how an elevator can be an integral part, or even the focal point, of a building. To order a hard copy, contact a Wittur representative.

March 19, 2015

22 BISHOPSGATE, FORMERLY PINNACLE, GETS ELEVATOR TEAM

Developers of 22 Bishopsgate, the London skyscraper formerly known asPinnacle, have hired Vertical Transportation Studio as vertical-transportation consultant. On hold since construction stalled in 2011, the building will now cover more than 93,000 m2 and have 60 stories in a three-tiered structure by London firm PLP Architecture. The project is now being led by French investor Axa Real Estate and is scheduled for completion in 2018. Vertical Transportation Studio points out the “vertical transportation strategy will be key to determining the final height and core arrangement of the building.”

THIRD ANNUAL VIEEW MEETING AT ECNY 

The third annual Vertical Initiative for Elevator Escalator Women (VIEEW) meeting is planned on April 8 at the Elevator Conference of New York (ECNY) Supplier Showcase. While the ECNY Showcase will be from noon to 7 p.m., the VIEEW meeting will take place from 10-11:30 a.m. at a location to be announced within the showcase venue, the Villa Barone Manor in Bronx, New York. Grace Greco of Columbia Elevator Products Co. Inc. and Mary Beeson of Otis plan to speak about business development. For further information, contact Martha Hulgan of MMH & Associates LLC at mmhulgan@aol.com.

JUNE EW: FOCUS ON COMMUNICATION SYSTEMS

The June issue of ELEVATOR WORLD will focus on “Communication Systems.” It will also receive bonus distribution at the Elevator U on June 23-25 at The Ohio State University. Its submission deadline is April 15. To participate or for more information, contact the EW Editorial Department at phone: (251) 479-4514, ext. 30 or email: editorial@elevatorworld.com.

UPCOMING NAESA EVENTS

NAESA International has announced that its 2015 Central Region Workshop for Des Plaines, Illinois, on April 10-11, and its Western Region Workshop for Las Vegas on April 17-18, have each been approved for 1.0 continuing-education units (CEU) required for NAESA renewal. They are also recognized for 10 hr. of CEUs by the Qualified Elevator Inspector Training Fund (QEITF) and the states of Illinois, Missouri and Pennsylvania. NAESA’s webinars have also been approved for four CEUs by the aforementioned states, including Florida and Washington, for 4 hr. of continuing education. QEITF also recognizes the live webinar topics for .4 CEUs (4 hr.). View the organization’s upcoming events at website.