December 6, 2013
CONTRACT FOR QINGDAO METRO LINE LET
The Shanghai Elevator Trade Association recently announced that Shanghai Mitsubishi Elevator Co., Ltd. won the bid for the Qingdao Metro Project (Line 3) project in Qingdao, China. The work includes all 68 lifts and 103 HE-type escalators. The North Station underground garage alone will get 48 units. The escalators will rise up to 18.9 m. Line 3′s test-run date is set for March 1, 2015.
KONE BOSTON CHOOSES GLOBAL TARDIF
KONE Boston has awarded a contract to Global Tardif to provide a total of 13 custom panoramic machine-room-less elevators for the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA), the public operator of most bus, subway, commuter rail and ferry routes in Greater Boston. Three of the units are already in place at the Revere Streetscape Station; the other 10 are slated for completion in late 2014. They will be part of MBTA’s rebuild of its Orient Heights and South Acton stations and new Square Station.
EUROPE’S TALLEST RESIDENTIAL TOWER PLANNED IN LONDON
In November, Irish investor Tom Ryan purchased property in London’s financial district, Canary Wharf, on which he plans to build a 72-story, GBP1-billion (US$1.6-billion) residential tower, the Financial Times reported. Hertsmere Tower would rise 242 m and comprise 714 luxury apartments covering more than 500,000 sq. ft. If built, it would surpass the 212-m Sky Tower in Wroclaw, Poland, as Europe’s tallest residential building, but The Shard at London Bridge would still be Europe’s overall tallest building at 308 m.
SCHINDLER IN MARMARAY PROJECT
Schindler has announced that since the opening of the underwater rail link between Asia and Europe in Istanbul on October 29, the 10 elevators and 63 escalators it supplied to the Marmaray Project have provided reliable passenger mobility. Though ThyssenKrupp Elevator had the lion’s share of the tunnel’s vertical-transportation work (ELENET 577), Schindler’s job included the fitting of four escalators that are among the longest in Europe at 65 m. The company states its products transport up to 75,000 commuters per hour to and from the subway line.
December 5, 2013
ELEVATOR WORLD, CAA PARTNER ON SUBIR & BAJAR
Mobile, Alabama-based Elevator World, Inc. signed a two-year exclusive agreement with Camara de Ascensores y Afines (CAA), an elevator association located in Buenos Aires, Argentina, publisher of the vertical-transportation magazine Subir & Bajar. The agreement allows Elevator World to utilize its reach and credibility to assist Subir & Bajar with sales and marketing to all international markets. The magazine formerly focused advertising participation on companies mainly located in Argentina, and distribution in Latin America and some European countries.
CANBERRA RESIDENTIAL TOWER APPROVED
An 88-m-tall tower that, if built, would be the tallest residential structure in the Australian capital city of Canberra, received government approval after plans were scaled back, The Canberra Times reported in November. Plans originally called for a 112-m-tall, 235-unit apartment building and adjoining 80-m-tall, 168-room hotel in the Belconnen district. While the residential building will still have 235 apartments, hotel rooms have been reduced to 96. Developer Geocon hopes to put the apartments on the market in 2014.
NEW CONSULTANCY FOR DUBAI MARKET
“V T M E Vertical Transportation Systems Consultants” was established in Dubai in November by consulting engineer Samson Rajan Babu. The professionally licensed consultancy’s contact information is as follows: Flat #102, Deyaar 596, Damascus Street, Dubai; phone: (00) 97142636647; fax: (00) 97142636674; email: email@example.com; and website: www.vtmeconsulting.com.
TORONTO FIRM PLANS TO BUILD DALLAS “ESTATES IN THE SKY”
In 2014, Toronto-based developer Great Gulf Homes intends to start building a 22-story, 60-unit luxury condo building in Dallas, according to The Dallas Morning News. Great Gulf, which has developments in Toronto and numerous U.S. cities, has owned the Dallas property since before the recession, and believes demand for luxury condos is on the rise in that city thanks to job growth and low home inventory. Great Gulf Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing Christopher Wein said the units would be “estates in the sky.”
December 4, 2013
IN MEMORIAM: JOHN H. WHEELER
John H. Wheeler passed away on November 27. Son of Texacone founder Hal T. Wheeler, the younger attended Texas Tech University then enlisted in the U.S. Navy during World War II. Following the war, he graduated from Southern Methodist University with a BS in Mechanical Engineering. He worked at Texacone for more than 60 years, beginning with sweeping its floors and culminating in owning it and serving as president, chairman of the board and CEO. Wheeler held more than 25 patents in his field of specialty seals. He is survived by his sister, Patricia Lamar; sons, John and Wallace; daughters, Suzanne Ally, Gina Valdez and Wendy Miller; 13 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. His body was interred at Restland Memorial Chapel in Dallas. In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions be made in Wheeler’s name to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society at P.O. Box 9031, Pittsfield, Massachusetts 01202.
BOOK, DVDs EXPLORE 2012 SHANGHAI WORLD CONGRESS
The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) has announced all papers, presentations and special events from the 2012 9th World Congress in Shanghai have been compiled into an 86-page book and accompanying DVDs, available for US$120 at CTBUH.org. The event drew more than 870 delegates from the 43 nations and 430 organizations. There were more than 114 presentations. Planning is now underway for the 2014 conference, “Future Cities: Towards Sustainable Vertical Urbanism,” scheduled for September 16-19 in Shanghai. The deadline for submitting abstracts is January 17, 2014.
MITSUBISHI ELECTRIC AT ECO-PRODUCTS EXPO
Mitsubishi Electric plans to exhibit its green products, technologies and initiatives at Eco-Products 2013, one of Japan’s largest environmental exhibitions, taking place at the Tokyo Big Sight exhibition complex on December 12-14. The “Outer Space, Society and Home Zones” section of the event will include an “EleFine” hydraulic elevator for building renewals and Mitsubishi Electric’s AXIEZ Standard Elevators. Exhibits will include products, demonstrations, videos and look-and-touch experiences that involve solutions for buildings incorporating advanced products and technologies for energy savings.
ESCALATORS PART OF IMPROVED COIMBATORE, INDIA, STATION
By late November, escalators had been installed and infrastructure testing was underway at Coimbatore junction, heralding an anticipated December opening of a new, second subway, The Times of India reports. The escalators will link all platforms to the new subway. A commuter remarked the facility will be extremely useful, particularly for senior citizens. Coimbatore is one of several major stations in India undergoing upgrades in 2013-2014.
December 3, 2013
THYSSENKRUPP ELEVATOR LANDS 61-UNIT MOSCOW JOB
ThyssenKrupp Elevator has been hired to provide 61 units to IQ-quarter, a mixed-use development within the new Moscow City business district in Moscow. The order consists of 22 TWIN elevator systems (two cabs traveling independently of one another in a single shaft), 23 conventional elevators and 16 escalators. IQ-quarter will have a trio of connected towers that are 21, 33 and 42 stories housing offices, a hotel, apartments and stores.
AVIRE TAPS CENTRAL AMERICA, NORTH AFRICA DISTRIBUTOR
Avire has appointed Málaga, Spain-based CTV Lifts as its Central America and North Africa distributor. CTV will supply light curtains, electronic displays, emergency telephones and LED products from Avire’s E-Motive, TL Jones and Memco brands. “Using such prestigious brands in a key area will allow us to offer high-quality lifts and products in these markets at a competitive price,” stated CTV Managing Director Fredrick von Maltzahn, noting that CTV has partnered with TL Jones and Memco for more than 10 years.
ESCALATORS, ELEVATOR PART OF NEW UW STATION
Four new escalators and an elevator to carry passengers nine stories from a new pedestrian bridge to a rail platform are part of University of Washington (UW) Station, nearing completion in Seattle, the Montlake Flyer reports. The facility, eventually expected to see 25,000 visitors each day, boasts an art installation in the escalator chamber reflecting the site’s geologic layers. The project is expected to be finished in January 2016.
2014 ECNY SUPPLIER SHOWCASE ANNOUNCED
The Fifth Annual Elevator Conference of New York (ECNY) Supplier Showcase is scheduled for April 9, 2014, and will be held once again at the Villa Barone Manor in Bronx, New York. The other main room of the location has been reserved for expansion. Previous ECNY exhibitors’ booth spaces will be held until February 1. To register, visit website: ecnyweb.com.
December 2, 2013
CHINESE CONTRACTS HEADLINE US$11 MILLION FOR SYMAX
China-based Symax Lift (Holding) Co. Ltd. recently announced nine new contracts to supply, install and service Dingtai and Green elevators. The tenders represent approximately US$11 million in revenues. Deliveries have already begun, and work is expected to be completed in the first half of 2014. Among the nine contracts, five are for government housing projects in Jiangsu Province and Chongqing in China.
NEW LERCH BATES PROJECT MANAGER
Lerch Bates Inc. has promoted Mark Hall to senior project manager, strategic accounts. Hall previously served as a project manager for the company’s Atlanta regional office. Now, he will oversee projects and business relationships with strategically assigned accounts, as well as develop and manage relationships with new strategic-account clients. Prior to joining Lerch Bates in 2012, Hall served in various sales and management positions within the vertical-transportation industry. He earned a BS in Political Science from Florida State University in Tallahassee, Florida.
NEXT MADE EVENT ANNOUNCED
The next MADE expo has been scheduled for March 18-25, 2015. It will once again be held at the Fiera Milano Rho in Milan, Italy. The date is to remain stable for the foreseeable future, which should have the expo taking place every two years. Giovanni De Ponti, CEO of MADE, commented, “The timing will definitely suit exhibitors and international trade visitors wanting to attend building and construction shows in Europe. MADE intends to be a strong partner to businesses and industries. Our focus is on creating business opportunities by generating contacts with a high-profile Italian and international target keen to explore the offerings of our exhibitors.” For more information, contact organizer Diomedea at website: www.diomedea.it.
KLEEMANN INTRODUCES PRODUCTS
KLEEMANN introduced its Virtual Window and “KLEEMANN-talk2lift” at Interlift 2013 in Augsburg, Germany, last month. The former is the result of a partnership with DigiGage (ELENET 580), which utilizes modern software and motion-sensing technology to create the feeling of a virtual window within the elevator cabin. The latter is intended for those with special needs or reduced mobility. It enables speech recognition within the cabin that can control the lift by the vocalization of floor number and other keywords.
MORE-ACCESSIBLE BOSTON SUBWAY STATION OPENS
The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority reopened its Orient Heights subway station in east Boston on November 26. The station had been closed for eight months as it underwent upgrades, in part to make it Americans with Disabilities Act and state code compliant. The upgraded station, through which approximately 4,100 passengers pass each weekday, includes four new elevators and two new escalators.
FOOTBALL FANS CAUSE ESCALATOR MISHAP IN ATLANTA
An escalator at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta was misused by football fans following the Atlanta/New Orleans game on November 21, CBS reports. Several fans suffered minor injuries and were treated on site. Dome spokespeople said the incident was caused by people jumping on the escalator, which one fan said went into a “free fall.” The escalator will undergo rigorous inspection before resuming operation.
November 29, 2013
ELEVATOR WORLD OFFICES CLOSED FOR THANKSGIVING
The Elevator World, Inc., offices will close for the U.S. Thanksgiving holiday on Thursday, November 28 and Friday, November 29. They will reopen for regular business hours on Monday, December 2. The staff wishes readers, clients, colleagues and contributors a happy holiday.
EW TO FOCUS ON MRL ELEVATORS
The February 2014 issue of ELEVATOR WORLD will focus on machine-room-less (MRL) elevators. A Continuing Education article on accessibility will also be included. The deadline for contributions is December 16. To participate or for more information, contact the EW Editorial Department at phone: (251) 479-4514, ext. 30 or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
MAXTON HOSTS CET TRAINING FOR WMATA
Maxton Manufacturing Co. held Certified Elevator Technician (CET®) hydraulic-elevator control-valve training for 30 elevator professionals on November 12 at the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority in Landover, Maryland. Classes covered valve adjustment, troubleshooting with the TA4M training unit, product knowledge and hydraulic-elevator issues involving contamination, design and pressure.
OVERLOAD CAUSES ELEVATOR SHUTDOWN AT KANSAS JAIL
An elevator at a juvenile detention facility in Topeka, Kansas, carrying more than its 2100-lb. rated load stopped between floors on November 19, trapping passengers for more than 1 hr., WIBW reports. One child was transported to a hospital with anxiety issues. Corrections officials said they plan to be more vigilant over not letting visitors overload the elevators.
November 26, 2013
SCHINDLER TO PROVIDE 72 UNITS FOR HONOLULU TRANSIT
Schindler has been hired to provide 49 custom machine-room-less elevators and 23 transit escalators to the Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation system, slated for completion in 2019. Representing Hawaii’s first fixed-rail public-transportation system, the 20-mi. network encompasses 21 stations. The first phase is scheduled to be finished in 2017. Schindler expects to start delivering units in 2015.
KINGS III PROMOTES BOWERS
Emergency-communications provider Kings III has promoted Casey Bowers to Field Operations manager, responsible for all field service and new installation activities. Bower joined Coppell, Texas-based Kings III in 2001 as emergency dispatcher and has since held positions in Service, Installation, Shipping and Receiving. Stated Kings III Vice President of Operations Howard Sanders: “Casey is well versed in all business matters critical to our success in response to both new-client installations and field service for existing customers. [His] commitment to Kings III is without parallel, and it is my privilege to have him join my team in a leadership capacity.”
MORE HOME ELEVATORS IN WAKE OF HURRICANE SANDY
Point Pleasant Borough, New Jersey, is seeing more home elevators installed as builders opt for a less-expensive alternative to new stairwell specifications that are part of rules enacted in the wake of Hurricane Sandy, which struck the New York/New Jersey coastline in October 2012, PointPleasant Patch reports. Today, homes must be built higher, in line with state laws and proposed flood elevation maps. State data shows that 17% of homes in the borough were damaged in the storm.
CECC PLANS NYC HOLIDAY LUNCHEON FOR CLIENTS
Computerized Elevator Control Corp. (CECC), global distributor of nonproprietary elevator controllers based in Moonachie, New Jersey, plans to host its client-appreciation Holiday Luncheon at 1:30 p.m. Eastern Time on December 6 at Uncle Jack’s Steakhouse at 44 West 56th Street, New York City (NYC). Guests are asked to RSVP by December 1 at phone: (201) 508-2312, or email: Carmela@swiftcec.com, Ricky@swiftcec.com or Edith@swiftcec.com.