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July 31, 2014

CHINA’S IFE ELEVATOR CO. EYES BRAZIL

China’s IFE Elevator Co. is considering building a new factory in Brazil, to which it has been exporting since 2013, China Daily reports. Brazil has a large population and healthy economic outlook, which promises to result in continued strong demand, according to IFE, noting a factory in Brazil would cut out export costs. China’s elevator exports increased approximately 19% in 2013, with Russia, South Korea and Brazil leading the way. IFE is not alone in noticing Brazil: Otis, Hyundai and Anlev Lifts and Escalators are among those that have recently established or expanded presences there.

LONDON’S APEX LIFTS HONORED FOR KEEPING EMPLOYEES SAFE

In July, London’s Apex Lifts received a gold medal from the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) for achieving five consecutive annual RoSPA awards. The awards date back nearly 60 years, and recognize entities’ commitment to prevent accidents and poor health. Among factors considered when bestowing awards are accident records, health and safety management systems, leadership and workforce involvement.

IN MEMORIAM: EARL McCLASKEY

Earl McClaskey, a native of San Francisco, passed away on July 23 at age 76. In addition to being a member of the International Union of Elevator Constructors Local No. 8 for more than 50 years, he was a talented elevator adjustor and instructor to those coming up in the industry. A U.S. Marine, he took part in water landing helicopter rescues of the first humans and animals in space, including John Glenn and Sam the monkey. He is survived by his wife of more than 50 years, Marilyn; sons, Eric and Kevin; grandchildren Courtney and Cole; mother-in-law, Margaret Majuri; and siblings, Suzie, Kathy and Larry. A funeral is planned for August 2 at Christ the King Church in Pleasant Hill, California.

July 30, 2014

MEMCO LIGHT CURTAINS IN NEW DANISH HOSPITAL
Ten elevators in New University Hospital, under construction in Aarhus, Denmark, have been outfitted with Memco’s Panachrome 3D light curtains. Danish manufacturer PD Elevator handled the installation. According to Memco parent company Avire Ltd., PD chose to use the devices in an effort to prevent door damage caused by large beds being wheeled into and out of the units. Ultimately, more than 70 elevators are planned for the hospital, and PD plans to install Panachrome light curtains in all of them.

NEW CHICAGO OFFICE TOWER TAKING SHAPE
A foundation is being dug for the 52-story, 730-ft.-tall River Point office tower on the western end of the Chicago River’s north branch, Curbed Chicago reports. The building was designed by Pickard Chilton, and international real-estate firm Hines will be the main tenant. With a glittering, convex surface, it will stand considerably taller than its neighbors, which are in the 450-650-ft.-tall range. The tower’s location is in proximity to an expanding Riverwalk and other emerging areas in Chicago. The building is scheduled for completion in 2016.

ALABAMA’S BAGBY ELEVATOR UNDERTAKES COURTHOUSE JOB
On July 31, workers from Birmingham, Alabama-based Bagby Elevator Co. are scheduled to start renovating a pair of elevators in the Lauderdale County Courthouse in Florence, Alabama, Times Daily reports. The US$182,309 job includes system refurbishment and interior redesign of the units, which are estimated to be 12-13 years old. Bagby expects work to take approximately a month for each elevator. They will be worked on one at a time so as not to curtail accessibility to the courthouse.

July 29, 2014

GEORGIA CODE AMENDMENT AIMS TO CLOSE HOME-ELEVATOR GAP
A state code amendment requiring that all new home elevators have a 3-in., rather than a 5-in., gap between hallway and cabin doors is making headway in Georgia, following news reports about a young boy who sustained a life-altering injury as a result of becoming trapped in the gap, FOX 5 News in Atlanta reports. The amendment would go into effect on January 1, 2015. It would follow similar legislation enacted by Massachusetts in the wake of a fatal home-elevator accident there involving a child. Existing home elevators would not be affected, although Georgia’s insurance and safety commissioner has sent letters to home-elevator owners urging them to retrofit older systems.

SCHINDLER PARTNERS WITH ILRC ON PORT PILOT PROGRAM
Schindler has partnered with the disability rights and support organization Independent Living Resource Center (ILRC) in San Francisco by outfitting its new headquarters with destination-dispatch PORT Technology. Launched in 2009, PORT manages elevator traffic using features such as intuitive touchscreens that serve as a means of communication between the building and its occupants. PORT has what Schindler describes as “revolutionary mobility features,” such as verbal directions and additional time to reach an elevator. Opened on July 26, the ILRC “will act as a pilot site to provide access control and other personalized features for people with disabilities.”

DESIGN OF NYC MIXED-USE TOWER REVEALED
New renderings of the 28-story, 314-ft.-tall 215 Chrystie Street in New York City’s (NYC) Lower East Side have been revealed, showing the Herzog & de Meuron-designed building with sheathing to hide its upper mechanicals, New York YIMBY reports. The building is set to house a 370-room hotel on its lower floors and 11 residences, boasting high ceilings and floor-to-ceiling windows with skyline views, on its upper floors. The project is scheduled for completion at the end of 2016.

July 28, 2014

GERMANY’S ENERGY-SIPPING POST TOWER HONORED BY CTBUH
Post Tower, a 163-m-tall office building in Bonn, Germany, has received the 10-year award from the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH). Built in 2002, the tower incorporates an array of features that enable it to consume only 75 kW of power per m2 per year – 79% less than a typical office building. CTBUH’s 10-year award recognizes tall buildings with “proven value and performance” that have been completed and operational for at least a decade.

60-STORY TOWER FOR NYC’S “AUTO ROW”
The Real Deal recently reported that developer Moinian Group is looking to exchange approximately 34,000 sq. ft. of retail space in its under-construction glass-fronted tower at the edge of 11th Avenue’s “Auto Row” in New York City (NYC) to make way for a car dealership. The first 12 stories of the 60-story mixed-use building have been erected at 605 West 42nd Street. Original plans called for nearly 44,000 sq. ft. of retail space on the ground level and in the cellar, but the company is now proposing using most of that space for the dealership.

YEREVAN ELEVATOR FALL ENTRAPS MAN
The Armenian Ministry of Emergency Situations rescued a 20-year-old man trapped in a Yerevan, Armenia, elevator on July 23, aysor.am reported. The unit is said to have fallen from the seventh to the second floor of an apartment building with the man trapped inside. Three rescue crews were dispatched, who rescued him, free from injuries.

July 25, 2014

OTIS: RESTRUCTURING WILL RESULT IN RELOCATION
Otis confirmed to ELEVATOR WORLD that bringing its commercial businesses, including Otis elevators, under one umbrella — UTC Building & Industrial Systems — will result in employee relocation. While the Daily Journal reported certain Connecticut gubernatorial candidates claimed 100 Otis jobs were leaving Connecticut for Florida, UTC spokeswoman Ashley Barrie told EW that approximately 25-50 North America-based employees “will relocate to strategic business locations, including Florida, North Carolina and Georgia, among others, during the summer.” Otis is currently based in Farmington, Connecticut.

ARUP CREATES HEAVY-DUTY LIFT FOR LONDON MUSEUM
Led by vertical-transportation specialist Roger Howkins, Arup has custom designed a lorry lift capable of moving 42 mT from street level to basement storage at the British Museum World Conservation and Exhibition Centre. Part of a job that included acoustics, fire, security and lighting for a major museum expansion, the lift is 4.5 m wide, 19 m long and 4.7 m high. Arup notes: “A special control system allows the facility to move the lift up and down from the landings by ‘inching’ to ensure that the bed of the lorry is level with the floor of the basement storage suites, where the museum’s collection of objects will be stored.”

NEW ELEVATORS FOR CALIFORNIA CITY’S PARKING GARAGES
City leaders in Santa Monica, California, are planning to embark on a US$5.2-million replacement of nine elevator systems in three of its parking garages, Santa Monica Daily Press reports. Besides equipment replacement, work will encompass new elevator-shaft roofs, gurney access, new air-conditioning systems and fire alarms. The three garages each have three elevators, which were installed in the 1960s when the garages were built. Due to their age, they are frequently out of service.

July 24, 2014

THYSSENKRUPP ELEVATOR: ACCESSIBILITY CRUCIAL FOR SENIORS

Germany’s aging population will need accessibility solutions, such as stairway chairlifts, platform lifts and home elevators, since more than half of citizens 40 and older said they want to stay in their own homes during their golden years, a survey conducted for ThyssenKrupp Elevator found. Approximately a quarter of those surveyed expect they will have to retrofit their homes with such equipment. The survey found 46% of women view stairway chairlifts as “important” to “very important,” versus 40% of men. Men, however, are willing to spend more on a chairlift: more than US$6,732 (EUR5,000).

LERCH BATES EXPANDS U.S. CONSULTANT STAFF

Lerch Bates Inc. has named Cory Hunter consultant, bringing the number of consultants reporting to the company’s U.S. Pacific Northwest office in Seattle to seven. Based in Portland, Oregon, Hunter has 16 years of industry experience. He previously managed Centric Elevator Corp. in Portland, where his specialties were growth-strategy development, modernization and maintenance. A QEI, Hunter developed a written maintenance control program for use in the Northwest. He holds a BS degree from Oregon State University, a PhD in lift-engineering management and an MBA.

MUMBAI RAILWAY ESCALATOR INSTALLATION SLOW

Installation of more than 40 escalators at Mumbai’s Central and Western Railway (CR and WR) lines is moving at a snail’s pace, mid-day reports. On CR, seven of 22 escalators have materialized, while at WR, nine of 33 units have been installed. The Railway Board has not placed orders for numerous parts required for first-phase work, nor any parts required for the second phase. CR and WR officials have asked for the autonomy to handle the work directly, but the board refused, preferring to issue all orders simultaneously. Rail officials fear by the time the orders are placed, existing units will have begun to show wear and tear.

July 23, 2014

BRUGG ANNOUNCES MANAGEMENT MOVES
Brugg Lifting, with U.S. headquarters in Rome, Georgia, has announced several management changes, including Douglas Ingenthron moving from general manager to vice president of Sales and Marketing for North America. He will be based in Houston. In addition, Brugg’s General Manager of Worldwide Elevator Ropes David Frei, based in Switzerland, will serve remotely as general manager of the U.S. facility. Director of Operations Joseph Thompson is transitioning into the position of interim general manager. Martin Rhiner is remaining as vice president of Engineering and Quality, with Ken Jones reporting to Rhiner as Quality manager of the Rome operations. Brugg states the moves are due to company growth.

EW’S FOCUS ON ELEVATOR GUIDES AND GUIDE RAILS
The October 2014 issue of ELEVATOR WORLD will focus on elevator guides and guide rails. It will also include a Continuing Education article. The deadline for editorial contributions is August 15. To participate or for more information, contact the EW Editorial Department at phone: (251) 479-4514, ext. 30 or email: editorial@elevatorworld.com.

EW PROJECT OF THE YEAR DEADLINE APPROACHING
Think one or more of your projects has what it takes to be a winner in ELEVATOR WORLD’s 17th Annual Project of the Year Awards? If so, send us your submission(s) by August 31, and your successful project could be recognized and highlighted in the January issue of EW. Click here to download an entry form. Questions? Email editorial@elevatorworld.com.