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June 24, 2016

THYSSENKRUPP FINISHES BRAZIL AIRPORT JOB AHEAD OF OLYMPICS

thyssenkrupp has completed a significant job at the Rio Galeão airport in Rio de Janeiro ahead of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games that includes 25 elevators, 21 escalators, 14 moving walks and 58 passenger boarding bridges in the new Terminal 3. Delivery and installation was completed in 13 months with no disruption to regular airport operations. The job included the longest moving walk in Latin America at 100 m. Rio Galeão anticipates passenger traffic to increase by 500,000, to 6.5 million per year, and several new airlines have added the airport to their schedules.

44-STORY MILANESE BUILDING TOPS OUT

designboom reports that a 170-m-tall twisting skyscraper in Milan, Italy, has topped out. Designed by Zaha Hadid, it is part of the large CityLife development. The 44-story Generali Tower’s base will contain a commercial shopping area that connects to Milan’s underground metro and an underground parking lot. Above, 39 stories will accommodate approximately 3,200 people. The concrete structure contains a central core able to withstand lateral loads, with a radial set of columns allowing the structure to twist as it rises. Temperature control is aided by sun-shading louvers and a double glazing system with integrated ventilation. It is to be completed next year.

TORONTO WESTON VILLAGE TOWER TO START SOON

A 30-story apartment tower, new public space and local hub for the Artscape arts festival are planned for a parking lot north of Toronto’s Weston Road and Lawrence Avenue intersection. The John Street site will be developed through a partnership of the Rockport Group, City of Toronto, Toronto Parking Authority and Artscape. Ground is to be broken on the project by the end of the month. Urban Toronto reports the Graziani + Corazza-designed tower will bring 370 rental units and join a loose cluster of mid-to-late 20th-century high rises. Completion is slated for 2018.

June 23, 2016

KONE MODERNIZATION IN LONDON INCLUDES POLARIS

KONE has been awarded a contract to modernize the elevators of global law firm Clifford Chance at its Canary Wharf offices on 10 Upper Bank Street in London. The deal includes the integration of the KONE Polaris® elevator destination-control system to the 27 elevators in the 33-story building. In addition to reducing elevator travel times and eliminating overcrowding and unnecessary stops, it addresses the building’s requirement to move 25% more people as its population increases. Work is to begin this month, with completion expected by December 2017.

MIAMI’S MONARC AT MET 3 OPENS

The 32-story Monarc at Met 3 apartment tower in downtown Miami recently opened. MDM Development and ZOM completed the mixed-use tower approximately four years after beginning construction, The Real Deal reports. The building is split into two portions: an 11-story podium with 1,442 parking spots and retail space and an apartment portion with 462 rental units. MDM has other large mixed-use projects underway in the area, including the Met 1 condo tower; Met 2, composed of the Wells Fargo Financial Center and the JW Marriott Marquis Miami; and Met Square, the final phase, including a 43-story apartment tower.

ISTANBUL OFFICE TOWER COMPLETED

AND Office Tower in Istanbul was recently completed. Featuring a split design, the 110-m-tall building is located in the Kozyatağı financial district. According to e-architect, it is named “AND” after the client, the multinational AEH Anadolu Real Estate Investments Group. Its 26 stories also include three stories of retail space, a large garage and a conference center. HPP Architects divided the 73,320 m2 tower to emphasize its vertical character. This is the first major project in Turkey completed by HPP, which has now operated in the country since 2012, when it won the international competition for the building. It obtained Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Platinum certification upon completion.

June 22, 2016

KONE WINS 62-ELEVATOR ORDER IN HANOI

KONE has won an order to supply 62 elevators to Goldmark City in Hanoi, Vietnam. Being developed by Viet Han Trading, Goldmark City includes nine 40-story buildings containing 5,000 apartments. The order consists of 57 S MiniSpaceTM elevators operated by EcoDiscTM hoisting technology and five S MonoSpace® machine-room-less elevators, along with the E-LinkTM remote-monitoring system. Goldmark City is centrally located, convenient to Noi Bai International Airport and the National Convention Centre.

51-STORY BUILDING FOR NYC’S UPPER WEST SIDE

The 666-ft.-tall 200 Amsterdam Avenue for the lower blocks of New York City’s (NYC) Upper West Side was revealed in June. To become the neighborhood’s tallest building, the former synagogue site was acquired for US$275 million in 2015 by SJP Properties. The developer has since gained US$160 million in financing from Mitsui Fudosan. New York YIMBY reports Elkus Manfredi Architects is designing the exteriors, while CetraRuddy is being contracted for the interiors. The building will house 400,000 sq. ft. over 51 floors containing 112 residences averaging in excess of 3,000 sq. ft. each. No completion date has been announced, but site work is underway.

CSU STADIUM CONTRACT LET

Lerch Bates Inc. has been selected to design the vertical-transportation systems for Colorado State University’s (CSU) new on-campus multipurpose stadium. The stadium is under construction between Lake and Pitkin streets on Meridian Avenue in Fort Collins. It will include nine elevators and feature a capacity crowd of more than 40,000 fans. It will also will serve as a cornerstone for CSU’s athletic department, housing office and administrative space, including football offices, as well as training and competition space for several sports. The US$220-million facility and adjacent US$18-million academic space is scheduled to open in time for the 2017 football season.

June 21, 2016

KONE DEBUTS NEW TEXAS FACILITY

On June 20, KONE moved its Texas operations into the new AllenPlace facility in Allen, Texas. Aimed at supporting KONE Americas with the introduction of the MonoSpace® machine-room-less elevator to the market, AllenPlace includes R&D, engineering, light manufacturing and a 128-ft.-tall test tower with six shafts. It encompasses 173,952 sq. ft. and will house 80 employees, who relocated from KONE’s previous location in Allen. KONE Senior Vice President Jussi Oijala will serve as site leader.

MAGNETEK HIRES ASIA-PACIFIC MANAGER

Drive designer and manufacturer Magnetek, Inc. has added Vincent Hoe as Business Development manager for its elevator drives business in the Asia-Pacific region. Hoe will manage Magnetek’s elevator drive sales and support operations for modernization and new-construction projects in the Asia-Pacific region, including Singapore, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Taiwan, Shanghai and Australia. He will be based out of the Singapore office of Magnetek’s parent company, Columbus McKinnon. He has held management, technical sales and support positions at Fujitec Singapore and its subsidiary FSP Pte. Ltd., thyssenkrupp, and Otis. He holds a Bachelor of Engineering (Mechanical) and an MBA.

PALACE THEATRE ELEVATION DETAILED

The US$2-billion renovation of Palace Theatre at 1564 Broadway in New York City will have escalators, in addition to a 29-ft. rise. The joint venture between Maefield and the Nederlander Organization intends to raise the theater above ground level, then build 70,000 sq. ft. of retail and entertainment in the newly formed space underneath it. According to the Commercial Observer, patrons will ascend via a series of escalators to the new grand lobby at orchestra level and to enter the theater. New York YIMBY details how it will be moved, despite it being encased within the Doubletree Guest Suites Times Square hotel.

June 20, 2016

EHC GLOBAL FOUNDER RON BALL RETIRING

Ron Ball, founder, chairman and managing director of Eastern Region Operations, is retiring from EHC Global. Established as a one-man operation in Ajax, Canada, in 1977, it has grown into an international company with footholds in key markets worldwide. Ball will remain involved as a strategic advisor. Assuming Ball’s managing director role will be Ted Hornbein, EHC’s general manager, Asia Pacific. Hornbein will report directly to Jeno Eppel, president and CEO, who thanked Ball for his “vision and leadership” over the past 40 years.

NEII ANNOUNCES DIRECTORS, TRUST COMMITTEE

The National Elevator Industry, Inc. (NEII®) has elected a new board of directors, including officers and Trust Committee members. The elections were held in conjunction with its recent 82nd annual meeting in Irvine, California. The elected board of directors and officers are: Larry Wash, president; Sterrett Lloyd, vice president; Michael Bauschka, treasurer; Michael Corbo; Katsuji Okuda; Greg Ergenbright; Tom Vining; and Richard T. Hussey. The Trust Committee’s members are: Chuck Moore, chair; Christine Petranchuk, vice chair; Jared Baker; Ken Dzierzawiec; and J. Patrick Heaney. No members of either group are new additions.

CEA GOLF OUTING

The Chicago Elevator Association (CEA) Annual Golf Outing is being held on August 5 at the Gleneagles Country Club in Lemont, Illinois. The cost is US$135 for members and US$165 for nonmembers and late additions. This includes 18 holes of golf, cart rental, halfway house tickets, dinner and prizes. Reservations are requested by July 29 at email, and more information can be found at website.

June 17, 2016

BLAIN TO OFFER SEMINARS AT EXPOELEVADOR

As part of Blain Hydraulic’s continuing-education program and to support a growing hydraulic elevator market in South America, the company plans to host seminars on how to design, configure and manufacture hydraulic power units for interested companies, consultants and technicians at ExpoElevador, taking place on July 14-15 at the Anhembi Convention Center in São Paulo, Brazil. The seminars are intended to help individuals and companies associated with the hydraulic elevator industry learn and understand the basic concepts and become more capable of delivering a quality product in their local markets. Participants are asked to register.

BOSTON GARAGE SITE PLANS REVEALED

The Boston Redevelopment Authority is weighing proposals for redevelopment of a shuttered garage. Six projects have been put forth for the downtown Winthrop Square Garage site, which the Boston Globe reports will include one of the tallest buildings in Boston. To cost an approximate US$1 billion, the winning development will be chosen from a few finalists to be further pared down over the summer.

IAEC FUNDRAISER ANNOUNCED

The International Association of Elevator Consultants (IAEC) will be hosting its 23rd annual fundraiser on the rooftop of the Dream Downtown, located at 355 West 16th Street, New York, New York 10011 on August 25. Proceeds benefit the Elevator Escalator Safety Foundation. Reservations are US$350 per person. For more information or to RSVP, contact IAEC.

June 16, 2016

TIANJIN ORAC TO ADD ROBOTS TO ASSEMBLY LINE

Tianjin ORAC Elevator Co. Ltd., based in Tianjin, China, plans to add robotics to its assembly line to improve efficiency in the midst of strong sales, China Daily reports. The company intends to invest US$10 million in the technology. Tianjin ORAC projects annual sales to grow by 30%, resulting in revenue to reach up to US$106 million in 2016. Sales soared from approximately 2,000 elevators in 2015 to an estimated 5,000 in 2016. Holding more than 80 patents, the company produces elevators, escalators and components and owns numerous brands.

AL-FUTTAIM AWARDED DUBAI MAINTENANCE CONTRACT

The elevator division of Al-Futtaim Engineering of Dubai has been awarded an annual service and maintenance contract for the 22-unit high-speed Hitachi elevator system serving the Burj Al Salam Tower on Sheik Zayed Road in Dubai, Reuters reports. Al-Futtaim Senior Managing Director Dawood Ozair said he looks forward to exceeding the expectations of Abdulsalam Al Rafi Group, which awarded the contract. Representing major brands such as Hitachi and Shenyang Brilliant Elevator Co., Al-Futtaim has supplied elevators to significant Middle East projects including Jumeirah Lake Towers, Al Maktoum International Airport and the Nassima Royal Hotel.

CONDOMINIUM PROJECT RISING ON NYC’S UPPER EAST SIDE

The Kent, a 30-story, 367-ft.-tall condominium tower at 200 East 95th Street on the Upper East Side of New York City (NYC), is rising quickly, New York YIMBY reports. Located on the corner of Third Avenue, it has reached four stories. The 317,664-sq.-ft. structure is set to have approximately 80 residences and 13,225 sq. ft. of ground-level retail. Extell is the developer, and Beyer Blinder Belle is the architect. The project is scheduled for completion in 2017.