March 7, 2014
HYUNDAI ELEVATOR LANDS 1,668-UNIT DEAL IN IRAQ
Seoul-based Hyundai Elevator Co. has secured a 1,668-unit, US$63-million contract to outfit all apartments in Bismaya New City, a planned city approximately 10 km southeast of Baghdad, Iraq, with elevators through 2019, Yonhap News Agency reported. Hyundai Elevator anticipated an additional US$26 million would be added to the contract for installation. Hyundai Elevator has supplied government buildings in the Middle East since early 2000 and states the Bismaya New City deal is “the largest single order” for the company since its founding in 1984.
CHINA INTERNATIONAL ELEVATOR EQUIPMENT EXHIBITION
The Ninth China International Elevator Equipment Exhibition is scheduled to take place on July 24-26 at the International Exhibition Center in Beijing. Its organizers note that in the past year, 245,000 elevators, escalators and moving walks were produced globally, a number that has increased by an average of 22% per year in recent years. As its annual output has reached 80% of world gross, China has become a center for production and installation, with more than 1 million installed units. Foreign companies from such nations as the U.S., U.K., Germany, Australia, Italy, South Korea, Canada, Spain, Netherlands, Norway and Japan have been invited to exhibit.
NAEC OFFERS EXPO DISCOUNT
Companies that sign up to exhibit at the 2014 National Association of Elevator Contractors (NAEC) Expo in San Antonio, set for September 8-11 may do so at a discounted rate through March 14 at website. NAEC Marketing & Meeting Manager Kerrie Rebmann describes the expo as the “largest vertical-transportation event in North America,” which, in addition to exhibits, features educational sessions, roundtable discussions, receptions, dinners and a golf tournament.
ELEVATORS WILL MAKE SEPTA STATION ADA COMPLIANT
The Southern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) has announced a US$6.2-million plan to install a pair of elevators at its busy 40th Street Station in Philadelphia, welcome news for the many passengers with limited mobility who live nearby, said SEPTA spokesman Manny Smith. The station predates the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), he said, and there has been an ongoing community push to make the facility ADA compliant. The project is expected to be complete in 2016 and will involve cutting into the sidewalk to build an elevator shaft to the underground platform.
AUCKLAND SKYLINE MAY GET AN ADDITION
The skyline of Auckland, New Zealand, may soon get a newcomer in the form of the proposed 209-m-tall, 52-story NDG Auckland Centre, The New Zealand Herald reports. If built, the structure would be dwarfed only by downtown’s 328-m-tall Sky Tower. A project of New Development Group, which is owned by Shanghai businessman Furu Ding, the tower would house residences, a hotel, and retail and entertainment amenities. It would take shape on a site in the heart of the Central Business District that has been vacant, save for parking, since the Royal International Hotel was demolished in the 1980s.
NEW MIHOW2 VIDEO
Motion Industries recently released a new hydraulic-focused video on its “MiHow2” series of product/application solutions. Eaton, a key Motion Industries supplier, helped create the video, “How to Set a Pressure-Reducing Valve in a Hydraulic System,” which includes proper installation and adjustment procedures. The instructive video series’ goal is to share practical industrial applications that viewers can adapt to their own facilities.
March 5, 2014
SAMSUNG LIFE BREAKS GROUND ON BEIJING HIGH RISE
Seoul-based Samsung Life Insurance has broken ground on a 63-story office building in Beijing, part of a continued effort to diversify its real-estate portfolio and take advantage of low interest rates, Business Korea reported. Scheduled for completion in 2016, the office tower will stand 260 m tall and comprise 167,500 m2. Approximately US$703.4 million is being invested in the project.
The 1st Quarter 2014 edition of Elevator World, Inc.’s ELEMART newsletter incorrectly attributed a link to a PDF of the Special Section on Special Application Lifts, which also appears in the 2014 March issue of ELEVATOR WORLD. The correct link is here.
CHANGES TO COME FOR HOUSTON COMPLEX
Houston-based AmREIT has designed a US$1.2-billion project for the city’s Uptown Park shopping complex, the Houston Chronicle recently reported. The project would replace many of the shorter buildings in the 17-acre property with high-rise towers filled with upscale housing, hotel rooms, offices and additional retail space. At least one 30-story tower is being planned, with other high rises expected to be built around the development’s perimeter. The changes are expected to come over the next decade and could begin late this year, when the first building is tentatively scheduled to break ground.
March 4, 2014
SHIMMERING BACCARAT TOWER NEARLY COMPLETE IN NYC
The 605-ft.-tall, 50-story Baccarat tower in New York City (NYC) is nearly complete, with its crystal-wrapped base unveiled in early March, New York Yimby reports. The Skidmore, Owings & Merrill-designed building is located at West 53rd Street and Fifth Avenue, across from the Museum of Modern Art. It boasts views of Central Park and the Empire State Building, and will house condominiums, a hotel and a public library.
EXCAVATION HERALDS RESTART OF NYC MIXED-USE PROJECT
Excavation has started at 601 Lexington Avenue in New York City, heralding the arrival of a 711-ft.-tall, approximately 60-story building housing 91 residences and lower-level retail and offices, New York Yimby reports. The project had stalled as a result of the 2008 economic downturn but was reactivated with the approval of construction permits in December 2013. Signage on site indicates the project will be complete in winter 2017.
MESA LOOKS FORWARD TO UPCOMING EVENTS
The Massachusetts Elevator Safety Association (MESA) is planning its March and April meetings. Scheduled at 12:30 p.m. at Phillips Old Colony in Dorchester, Massachusetts, the March 11 meeting is set to include a “Future of Hydraulic Elevators” presentation examining the advances and limitations of traction technology. On April 8, MESA plans to visit Hamil Mill Lofts in Haverhill, Massachusetts, were members will observe JRT elevator controls in action, followed by lunch at Butch’s Uptown sponsored by JRT. For more information, visit website.
March 3, 2014
LIFT SYMPOSIUM ISSUES SECOND CALL FOR PAPERS
The Fourth Symposium on Lift and Escalator Technologies has issued a second call for papers. The symposium is scheduled September 25-26 at Highgate House in Northampton, U.K. Its purpose is to bring together experts, academics and postgraduate students to share ideas and present peer-reviewed papers. For more information or to submit an abstract, visit website.
NEW WEBSITE FOR CLUTCHES/BRAKES
Altra Industrial Motion has launched a new website intended to provide engineers with an overview of the capabilities and product solutions available from the brands of the Altra Heavy Duty and Overrunning Clutch Brake group. Product photos, features, benefits and specifications are included for each solution. In addition to a list of services offered, key market applications are identified on the site. These include “lifts and elevators.” Finally, market-related application profiles are available as PDF downloads.
NEW ELEVATORS PART OF BOSTON RAIL STATION MAKEOVER
Four new elevators are among improvements that are part of a US$13.5-million upgrade of Yawkey Commuter Rail Station in Boston, The Boston Globe reports. The Massachusetts Bay Transit Authority announced the renovated station, which will run entirely on solar power, will open March 10. Besides the new elevators, wheelchair-accessible platforms also promise to enhance accessibility.
February 28, 2014
OMAN’S TLS BECOMES THYSSENKRUPP ELEVATOR DISTRIBUTOR
Trade Links & Services (TLS), a division of the Ali Mirza Group in Oman, has become an officially licensed distributor of ThyssenKrupp Elevator products. The partnership promises to help TLS meet demand from Oman’s burgeoning real-estate and construction markets. Stated TLS: “The partnership will allow us to stock replacement parts for the entire ThyssenKrupp Elevator line, as well as source additional components from the regional headquarters in Dubai.”
PIPER IS NEW EVP AT MATOT
Dumbwaiter and commercial lift manufacturer Matot, Inc., based in Bellwood, Illinois, has hired Jim Piper as executive vice president (EVP). In this role, Piper assumes responsibility for growing the company, reorganizing its manufacturing facilities and integrating its Solid Works software into new-product development. Piper holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from The Ohio State University. He served as EVP of Schleifring North America before coming to Matot.
NEW ELEVATORS TO HELP DALLAS TRAUMA PATIENTS
A pair of new high-speed elevators promises to help trauma patients quickly get the care they need at Parkland Memorial Hospital in Dallas, Healthcare Daily reports. Traveling at 600 fpm, the units allow patients to descend 18 floors from the hospital’s helipad to the emergency department in 32 s. Stated Director of Trauma Disaster and Management Jorie Klein, “The elevators assist us in moving the patient expeditiously to the trauma bays, ensuring timely assessment and intervention leading to optimal outcomes.”
OSC DEADLINE EXTENDED
Due to unexpectedly large interest, the open stakeholder consultation for the Environmental Product Declaration (EPD) program operator for Lifts, skip hoists, escalators and moving walks has been extended until April 11. Comments can still be submitted online until this deadline via the International EPD® System’s forum. The draft elevator product category rule (PCR) can be also be downloaded from the forum website. Review and approval of the elevator PCR are scheduled for May 15, and publication is scheduled for June 1.
February 27, 2014
SCHINDLER TO SUPPLY 45 UNITS TO WARSAW SPIRE
Schindler has been selected to fulfill a 45-unit order for Warsaw Spire in Warsaw. The order includes a combination of 7000 high-rise double-deck elevators and energy-efficient 5500 elevators, as well as energy-efficient 9300® AE escalators. In addition, Schindler will install its PORT destination-control technology. The architecturally significant project boasts 100,000 m2 of office space in a pair of 55-m-tall buildings with a 220-m-tall, spire-topped building in the middle. Andrzej Stawniak, general director of Schindler Poland, noted the spired building will be the first in Poland, and one of the first in Europe, to be outfitted with double-deck elevators. Warsaw Spire is scheduled for completion in January 2015.
CYPRUS UNION STRIKE CAUSES ELEVATOR ENTRAPMENTS
Electrical workers’ union strikes on Cyprus resulted in power outages causing elevator entrapments in Nicosia, Limassol and Larnaca, the Cyprus Mail reported on February 25, when there were nearly 50 calls to the fire department from people trapped in elevators. Outages had been expected to continue through at least February 26. Workers are striking to demonstrate opposition to privatization of their organization.
ASANSÖR ISTANBUL RESCHEDULED
Asansör Istanbul has been rescheduled to March 26-29, 2015, a few days prior to its original timeline. It is being held at the Tüyap Fair Convention and Congress Center in Istanbul. For more information, contact organizer Istanbul Fair Organization Ltd. at email.
ELEVATORS INCLUDED IN LAW BANNING SUBWAY EATING
An early draft of the Beijing Subway Safety Law includes a provision banning eating and drinking in subways, including in its elevators, CRIEnglish.com reports. Violators could be fined CNY50-CNY500 (US$8-US$82). While observers acknowledge such a law would likely improve safety by decreasing waste that attracts rats, there is debate over whether a blanket ban is appropriate. There is also concern about potential costliness of the fine.
February 26, 2014
SCHINDLER OPENS PLANT IN PENNSYLVANIA
Schindler announced the grand opening of its new manufacturing facility in Hanover, Pennsylvania, on February 25. The factory earned what the company call’s “North America’s first Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) Gold green-building certification for an elevator manufacturing plant.” Part of the Schindler global supply chain, the 150,000 sq.-ft. facility will provide support for the North American market and focus on producing “customer-facing components,” such as doors, entrances, jambs and elevator-cab interiors. It also includes the company’s “Order Consolidation Center,” an order-fulfillment warehouse.
MITSUBISHI ELECTRIC COMPLETES ST GEORGE TOWER JOB
Mitsubishi Electric has completed installation of four passenger elevators in the newly completed 50-story, 181-m-tall St George Tower, a residential building that is part of the larger St George Wharf development along the River Thames in Vauxhall, London. Included in the contract were three NexWay 4-mps units with custom edge-lit glass and bronze trim behind filigree panels, and one machine-room-less Elenessa unit. To ease tower construction, Mitsubishi used a phased jump-lift installation method.
HIGH-SPEED BUFFER LINE IN DEVELOPMENT
Oleo International has announced it is developing a new high-speed buffer range from its manufacturing facility in Coventry, U.K. The buffers would be positioned at the bottom of elevator shafts to provide a safety mechanism for elevators in skyscrapers. Oleo’s new telescopic elevator buffer is designed to provide a safe average deceleration of 1G. The buffer’s first commercial installation is to be unveiled in 2014, which follows years of R&D at the company’s U.K. plant, where a new 33-m-tall test tower was recently erected.
432 PARK AVENUE RISING OVER CENTRAL PARK IN NYC
432 Park Avenue, one of several superslim residential towers taking shape in New York City (NYC), is now visible from Central Park, New York Yimby reports. Its height now exceeds 750 ft., making it one of the 20 tallest buildings in NYC. Designed by Vinoly, the 128-unit, 96-story building is taking shape on 57th Street and is expected to be finished by 2015.