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February 12, 2016

ICE DISTRICT SETTING EDMONTON CONSTRUCTION ON FIRE

Construction is booming in downtown Edmonton, Canada, thanks to a new stadium being built for the Edmonton Oilers National Hockey League team and the Ice District, the massive, mixed-use development taking shape around it, the Edmonton Sun reports. The first phase includes the 27-story City Tower, the 62-story Stantec Tower, a 25-story Marriott hotel with 30 floors of residences above, a casino and a movie complex. The stadium and casino are scheduled to be complete in September, with the first towers coming online by 2019. Oilers Entertainment Group and Oilers owner Daryl Katz are behind the multibillion-dollar development and say there will be additional phases.

LUXURY RESIDENTIAL HIGH RISE ON EDGE OF BEVERLY HILLS

Ten Thousand, a 40-story luxury residential high rise at 10000 Santa Monica Boulevard on the edge of Century City and Beverly Hills, California, is expected to open in summer 2016, Real Estate News Television reports. The glittery building was designed by Handel Architects and will offer not only floor-to-ceiling windows and balconies for its residents, but also amenities such as a designer gym and concierge services. Crescent Heights, which has done other projects in cities including Los Angeles and San Francisco, is the developer.

ELEVATOR U 2016 CONFERENCE REGISTRATION OPEN

Registration, exhibitor space and sponsorship opportunities for the 2016 Elevator U conference, planned on June 20-23 in Quincy, Illinois, are now available online. The event will be hosted by Illinois State University and Hollister-Whitney Elevator Corp. The complete agenda, including educational presentations, is in the process of being finalized. Those planning to attend are encouraged to book rooms as early as possible, as another event is being held during the conference. Elevator U has also announced future hosts: University of Virginia in Charlottesville in 2017 and University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa in 2018.

US$1.7 BILLION IN NYC SUBWAY ELEVATORS RECOMMENDED

The U.S. federal government wants the Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA) in New York City (NYC) to go beyond its current plan to bring the number of subway stations with elevators to 144 by 2020, which could mean an investment of US$1.7 billion on top of an already stressed MTA budget, Curbed NY reports. Now, 22% (103) of the MTA’s 469 stations have elevators, compared with cities such as San Francisco, which are 100% accessible by elevator. San Francisco, however, has far fewer stations than NYC.

February 11, 2016

IN MEMORIAM: HAROLD C. CRESWELL, JR.

Harold C. Creswell, Jr., who retired from Haughton Elevator in Toledo, Ohio, in 1989 as vice president of Manufacturing, passed away on February 5 at the age of 84. Creswell was a U.S. Marine who fought in the Korean War. Despite lacking a high-school diploma, he worked his way up at Haughton from floor sweeper to the vice president position. He spent 38 years with the company, retiring after it had been acquired by Schindler and manufacturing moved from Toledo. Creswell is survived by his wife, Donnajean; sons, Jeff, Mike and Cris; daughters Susan and Cathy; five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Memorials may be made to Hospice of Northwest Ohio, Church of St. Andrew United Methodist or Faith Community United Church of Christ.

THOUSANDS OF ELEVATOR-SAFETY VIOLATIONS IN N.C. COUNTY

A Channel 9 Eyewitness News investigation of the nearly 5,000 elevators in Mecklenburg County, North Carolina, where Charlotte is located, found thousands of elevators with at least one safety violation and several with issues so severe that the state threatened to shut them down. Further, emergency responders performed 325 rescues of entrapped passengers in the county in 2015. The state has six elevator inspectors, and each unit is inspected once a year before being issued a certificate of operation. Unsafe elevators do not receive certificates, the state inspector said.

CARLO GAVAZZI APPOINTS TRI-STATE SALES MANAGER

Carlo Gavazzi, Inc., has appointed David Benes Area Sales manager for Alabama, Mississippi and Tennessee. Benes has extensive experience in the industrial automation industry, having worked with OEMs, distributors, systems integrators, panel shops and end users as both a manufacturer’s representative and factory-direct liaison. The company noted that Benes brings both knowledge of the geographical area and appropriate skills to the Carlo Gavazzi team.

NFPA LAUNCHES FORUM

The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) has launched NFPA Xchange™, a free online community. NFPA considers it the latest way to stay up to date on fire-protection-related codes and standards information. It allows users to search or browse information on topics ranging from fire-protection systems, electrical, building and life safety, emergency response and more. Content is submitted by both community users and NFPA staff and subject-matter experts. NFPA members can find additional benefits in an exclusive “Members Only” section of the forum.

February 10, 2016

IN MEMORIAM: CARL OSBORNE

Carl Osborne was born on August 19, 1939 and passed away on February 4, 2016, at the age of 76. Osborne was an industry leader and decades-long member of the National Association of Elevator Contractors (NAEC), serving as its president in 1996-1997 and on its committees. He was also involved in the NAVTP (now International Association of Elevator Consultants) and promoted safety, fair labor relations, emergency operations improvement and education throughout his career. Osborne served as vice-president of Urban Elevator Service, one of the largest independent elevator companies in Illinois. He was husband to Sandra Osborne. In lieu of flowers, memorials to the American Parkinson Disease Association are requested.

MAJOR MIXED-USE PROJECT UNDERWAY IN BOSTON

Construction crews broke ground in late January on The Hub on Causeway, which will consist of a 38-story, 495-ft.-tall residential building, a 21-story, 487-ft.-tall office tower and a 260-room hotel atop a multilevel retail/entertainment podium, the Boston Business Journal reports. Part of a wave of development in the North Station area, the Hub on Causeway was designed by Gensler and inspired by the city’s shipping and industrial heritage. The glass-and-steel podium is set to be finished in 2018, followed by the office and residential towers. Boston Properties is the developer.

NEW NYC ELEVATOR SAFETY ACT GAINS TRACTION

New York City (NYC) Council Member James Vacca has introduced new elevator safety legislation LABORPRESS states is “aimed at improving elevator safety throughout the city. . . because he is tired of waiting around for the state to do something about the alarming surge in building accidents.” According to the Fire Department of New York, building accidents are up 160% from 2009 to 2014. The bill would formalize licensing and certification requirements in the city, requiring that one individual per contractor be licensed. Its hearing is expected to take place in April.

February 9, 2016

TALLEST FRENCH TOWER OUTSIDE OF PARIS OPENS

Office tenants have moved in to France’s new tallest building outside Paris, the 202-m-tall, 39-story Tour Incity in Lyon, Skyrise Cities reported. Designed by Valode & Pistre Architects, the building has a 50-ft. spire and rises above the 165-m-tall Part-Dieu Tower, which formerly dominated the Lyon skyline. thyssenkrupp tells ELEVATOR WORLD it supplied four TWIN systems, serving 37 floors and with a speed of 4-5 mps; a “half” TWIN that could be updated with another cab at a later date; five additional elevators and two escalators for the project.

NEW EXECUTIVE POSITIONS AT COLUMBIA ELEVATOR

Columbia Elevator Products Co. Inc. has announced that Louis “L.J.” Blaiotta, Jr. will assume the position of CEO of the company. Blaiotta will continue to focus on Columbia’s strategic direction and future alliances. His former role as president will be assumed by Jim Yates, who will be responsible for all day-to-day operations. Furthermore, as part of Columbia’s executive restructure, Grace Y. Greco has been named director of marketing and business development and Tom Birdsall as director of engineering. Yates has a 30-plus-year background of finance experience in a manufacturing environment and has been chief operating officer at Columbia. Greco came to Columbia in 2010 and has performed customer service, construction project management, service sales, new equipment sales and national accounts. Birdsall has been working at Columbia for more than 20 years as facilities manager and in various other capacities.

LIFTBALKANS POSTPONED

Organizers of LiftBalkans, a Southeast European industry exhibition planned for April 5-7 in Sofia, Bulgaria, have postponed the event indefinitely. The Expo Team of Via Expo Ltd. cited “the difficult economic situation” and “insufficient number of participants.”

ELEVATOR WORKER WAS DRAGGED UPWARD IN FATAL N.J. ACCIDENT

A 44-year-old elevator repairman died as a result of being dragged upward by the elevator on which he was performing monthly maintenance on February 2 in Guttenberg, New Jersey, NJ.com reports. Initial reports stated he fell down a shaft, but further investigation revealed he became trapped between the door and the top portion of the cab and was then dragged. The incident occurred in a 415-ft.-tall luxury condominium building.

February 8, 2016

OTTAWA, TORONTO CONSULTANCIES MERGE

Canadian elevator consultancies Seaway Elevator Consultants of Ottawa and Solucore of Toronto have merged, the Ottawa Business Journal reports. Seaway will become the Ottawa regional office of Solucore, with Seaway President Ian Richardson stepping into the Solucore regional vice president role. Solucore’s Director of Development Ray Eleid called the deal a “win-win” for both companies and for their clients, with Seaway gaining access to Solucore’s information technology and, in turn, the ability to provide better customer service.

LIFT SYMPOSIUM: SECOND CALL FOR PAPERS

The University of Northampton, Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers Lifts Group and Lift and Escalator Industry Association have issued their second call for speakers to present peer reviewed papers at the Sixth Symposium on Lift and Escalator Technologies. The event will be held on September 21-22 at Highgate House in Northampton, U.K., and include speakers who are industry experts, academics and postgraduate students. For more information or to submit an abstract, please visit website.

FATAL LIFT MISHAP PROMPTS CALL FOR CLOSER LOOK IN TURKEY

The International Labour Organization (ILO), an arm of the United Nations, is calling on Turkish authorities to conduct a more in-depth investigation of a September 2015 construction-elevator accident in Istanbul in which 10 workers died when the unit in which they were riding plunged 32 stories, Today’s Zaman reports. The probe would examine causes, responsible parties and preventative measures. The Turkish Statistics Institute reports 1,754 construction workers, including those in the elevator trade, have died in work accidents over the past five years. Although Turkey has ratified several laws recently aimed at improving jobsite safety, the ILO would like to see further legal measures taken.

February 5, 2016

OTIS SINGAPORE WINS BIG METRO MODERNIZATION CONTRACT

Otis Singapore has been hired to modernize 233 escalators at 42 stations within the Singapore Mass Rapid Transit rail network. The US$33.8-million contract will commence in the third quarter of 2016 and entail installation of energy-efficient machines and controllers, which will enable the units to adjust their speed according to traffic and better cater to passengers at different times of the day. The first modernization performed on the North-South and East-West lines, the project is scheduled for completion in 2021.

FLORIDA HIGH-RISE COMMUNITY TAKING SHAPE

Construction has reached the sixth floor on the first of five towers that will make up Kalea Bay in Naples, Florida, a high-rise resort community where prices for residential units start at more than US$1.3 million, Naples Daily News reports. The 22-story tower will have 120 residences on 20 floors atop two floors of parking, plus amenities, including private elevators for each condominium. Sales are brisk for units in the buildings, according to a representative of developer Soave Real Estate. Completion of the first tower is expected by the end of summer 2017.

POP/JOE GOLF OUTING ANNOUNCED

The “Pop” Frohlinger/Joe Marchese (Pop/Joe) 42nd Annual Memorial Invitational Outing is taking place on June 13, rain or shine, at the North Hempstead Country Club in Port Washington, New York. Two sessions (morning and afternoon) and an awards dinner are offered. Charges, benefitting the Elevator Escalator Safety Foundation, are US$425 per person for golf and dinner, and US$200 per person for dinner only. Lunch, cocktails and golf carts are included in the golfer’s fee. In addition to several course contests, raffles and giveaways will take place. This year’s honoree is Doug Witham of GAL Manufacturing Corp. More information on the perennially sold-out event is available at www.popjoe.com.

February 4, 2016

WATERFRONT VIEWS ON TAP IN NYC’S FINANCIAL DISTRICT

A 35-story building with an elementary school on the lower floors and 85 residential units above is taking shape at 32-42 Trinity Place in New York City’s (NYC) Financial District, New York YIMBY reports. To be known as 77 Greenwich Street, the structure is designed by FXFOWLE Architects and will boast impressive waterfront views. It is set to include retail within its 285,000 sq. ft. Completion is anticipated in 2019.

EW PHOTO CONTEST OPEN

ELEVATOR WORLD is now accepting entries for its fourth annual “Photos of the Elevator World Contest.” Download the entry form to begin submission in one of seven categories: “Skylines & Tall Buildings,” “Elevators (Commercial),” “Elevators (Private Residence),” “Escalators/Moving Walkways,” “Inclined Lifts,” “Machines and Components” and the new “Historical/Legacy Equipment” for installations predating 1965. The winners in each category will receive US$250 cash or the equivalent in Elevator World, Inc. educational products or advertising. The deadline for entries is April 29. Judges will first choose up to 20 finalists from each category, which will be presented online during May. Here, readers will vote to decide the best of the best. Winners and runners-up from each category will be featured in the August issue of EW and highlighted online.

BC SAFETY AUTHORITY WARNS FINES, SHUTDOWNS

Canada’s British Columbia (BC) Safety Authority told 14 property owners they face fines of US$10,766 each and the shutdown of their single-bottom-cylinder hydraulic elevators, which are out of compliance with a safety order issued in 2010. The units were installed in buildings of seven or fewer stories prior to 1977 and are susceptible to corrosion that can release hydraulic fluid and result in uncontrolled descent. Approximately 1,300 owners were initially notified, and nearly all are now in compliance. Those who are not may have their elevators removed on or after March 14 if they do not take immediate action.