November 25, 2015
EW CLOSED FOR THANKSGIVING HOLIDAY
The offices of Elevator World, Inc. will be closed on November 26 and 27 in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday in the U.S. They will open for regular business hours the following Monday, November 30.
MIXED-USE PROJECT FOR NYC’S MEATPACKING DISTRICT
A neglected block owned by HFZ Capital just northwest of the Meatpacking District’s Chelsea Market in New York City (NYC) is set to get a mixed-use structure that consists of 402- and 302-ft.-tall towers that share a base, New York YIMBY reports. Designed by Bjarke Ingels Group, the plan includes 50,000 sq. ft. of retail, 150,000 sq. ft. for a hotel and 550,000 sq. ft. of residential space and related amenities. A diagonal cut that maximizes views of High Line Park from residences goes through the site. The address is 76 11th Avenue, and completion is anticipated in roughly 2018.
BELARUS AIMS TO HELP GEORGIA WITH ELEVATOR DEMAND
The joint production of elevators is among areas where Belarus and Adjara, Georgia, can successfully collaborate, Belarus Prime Minister Andrei Kobyakov said during a recent meeting in Minsk, Belarus, with Archil Khabadze, chairman of the Adjara province, Belarus News reports. One of the most developed provinces in Georgia, Adjara has many elevators that need to be replaced, and a thriving tourism industry, foreign investment and infrastructure projects are driving demand for additional units, Kobyakov pointed out.
EW FOCUSES ON MODERNIZATION IN FEBRUARY
ELEVATOR WORLD will focus on Modernization in its February issue, which will also include a Continuing Education article. The deadline for submissions is December 15. To participate or for more information, contact the EW Editorial Department at phone: (251) 479-4514, ext. 30 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
November 24, 2015
IRAQ “VERTICAL CITY” WOULD HAVE WORLD’S TALLEST TOWER
Groundbreaking vertical transportation would be part of The Bride tower, a proposed building in Basra Province, Iraq, by AMBS Architects that, at 1,152 m and 230 stories, would be the new world’s tallest structure, dezeen reports. Surpassing the height of both the Kingdom Tower and Burj Khalifa, it is part of a four-tower, mixed-use “vertical city” that also includes 724-, 484- and 61-m-tall towers. A glazed canopy on the building’s south façade resembles a veil and would shield it from heat. The building is designed to produce as much energy as it consumes. No timeframe for the project was given.
ECNY ANNUAL MEETING/HOLIDAY PARTY ON DECEMBER 3
The Elevator Conference of New York (ECNY) is planning its annual general membership meeting and holiday party on December 3 at Bruno’s on the Boulevard in Jackson Heights, New York. Open to members only, the event features a buffet dinner, an open bar and prizes. Corporate members are entitled to five free tickets and individual members to one. Additional tickets may be purchased for US$45 each. Festivities start at 5 p.m. For more information, visit the ECNY website.
CTBUH UNVEILS UPDATED BUILDINGS BOOK
The 100 of the World’s Tallest Buildings book is now available for purchase from the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH). Last updated in 2006, the new edition features 73 new projects, full-color photographs and data such as height, building metrics, renderings and drawings by engineers and architects.
November 23, 2015
LOGAN AIRPORT MOVING WALKS COULD BREAK RECORDS
Plans for the Logan International Airport in Boston include building a pedestrian connection between Terminal E and the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority Blue Line’s Airport Station next door. That link would measure more than 2,600 ft. long and may feature one or multiple moving walks. The Boston Globe reported that if a single one that stretches the entire length of the connection is built, “it would shatter the current global record for the longest moving walkway in a city.” Even a series of moving walks stretching from the T station to Terminal E could break a different record for the longest system in the world. The modernization plans require state and federal approval before groundbreaking, scheduled for 2017.
WALES’ TALLEST RESIDENTIAL BUILDING IN THE WORKS
Developer Watkin Jones Group hopes to start construction in 2016 on what would be the tallest building in Cardiff, Wales, WalesOnline reports. Located on Customhouse Street next to a Radisson hotel and apartment buildings, the 433-ft.-tall, 42-story building is set to contain student housing and ground-level commercial space. Wales’ current tallest building is the 351-ft.-tall Meridian Tower in Swansea. Should it gain approval, the Watkins Jones project is scheduled for delivery in 2018.
MODERNIST SKYSCRAPER PLANNED IN TORONTO
UrbaCon and BRL Realty hope to build a 43-story, 158-m-tall mixed-use tower in the northern part of Toronto’s Yorkville neighborhood, Urban Toronto reports. Located at Bay and Scollard streets, the building would have a stepped, modernist appearance with punched windows. Architects are Foster + Partners and RAW Design. Approximately 110 residences, more than 130 parking spaces and amenities are planned. In late 2015, the plan was still in the approval process, and those involved acknowledged the design could change in light of a high-rise-sensitive public school nearby.
November 20, 2015
THYSSENKRUPP INTRODUCES NEW BRAND IDENTITY, LOGO
In light of its “fundamental transformation to a diversified industrial group,” thyssenkrupp has unveiled a new brand identity and logo. The logo joins the previously separate Thyssen and Krupp signets to form a single element with the new slogan, “engineering. tomorrow. together.” The effort, representing a mid-single-digit EU investment, is the result of surveying more than 6,000 customers, employees, applicants, investors, works council members, public figures and consumers. The results show that thyssenkrupp (formerly ThyssenKrupp) is regarded highly in engineering. The company states: “The company and its employees and products are seen as high quality and reliable. The new brand identity builds on this image and, at the same time, puts an even stronger focus on customer requirements.”
PROPOSAL POINTS TO SEATTLE’S CONTINUED POPULARITY
A 41-story residential tower with a shape that brings to mind MAD’s Absolute World Towers in Mississauga, Canada, by ZGF and Cotter Architects is on the drawing boards in downtown Seattle, Architect’s Newspaper reports, which indicates the Pacific Northwest city’s continued popularity as a skyscraper hotspot. It’s anticipated construction will start in fall 2016 at 2014 Fairview Avenue, within walking distance of the new Amazon Campus being built. A strip mall currently on the property would be demolished.
SOM-DESIGNED RESIDENTIAL TOWER IN SAN FRANCISCO
Skidmore Owings and Merrill (SOM) is partnering with developer Related California on a 39-story residential building at 1500 Mission Street and South Van Ness in San Francisco, Architect’s Newspaper reports. To take shape on the site of Goodwill Industries, the building would incorporate an existing historic clock tower from the Coca-Cola Bottling Plant and have some stores and offices. It is set to contain 560 apartments, some of which will be “affordable.” No timeframe was given for the project.
November 19, 2015
SEGMENTED TOWER WOULD CUT STRIKING NYC PROFILE
Developer Triangle Assets plans to start construction in spring 2016 on a 41-story residential tower at 303 East 44th Street in Midtown New York City (NYC) with an interesting segmented design by ODA New York, The Real Deal reports. The floors are separated by biomechanical-looking white columns that would house outdoor gardens for residents starting on the 23rd floor. One of numerous unique designs planned in Midtown, the building will boast what promises to be a future must-have in its outdoor sky gardens, ODA New York founder Eran Chen observed.
REPORT COVERS SPAIN ELEVATOR/ESCALATOR MARKET
ResearchMoz announced the Technavio report, Elevator and Escalator Market in Spain 2015-2019, is part of its collection. The report looks at key vendors including KONE, Otis, Schindler and ThyssenKrupp; market drivers such as modernization; challenges such as stagnation in the transportation sector and market trends such as government initiatives to spur construction. The market is projected to grow at a rate of 3.2% in terms of revenue and 3.8% in terms of newly installed units over the timeframe examined.
HYDERABAD FOUR-YEAR-OLD DIES IN SCHOOL ELEVATOR ACCIDENT
A four-year-old girl in Hyderabad, India, died in an elevator accident at her preschool on November 17 when her head became trapped between the elevator cab and the first floor, The Indian Express reports. Police said the accordion door was inoperative, creating a dangerous situation. Authorities are investigating, and several parents and others accused the school of negligence and staged a protest.
November 18, 2015
2015 BEST TALL BUILDING WORLDWIDE: BOSCO VERTICALE
The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) honored Bosco Verticale in Milan with its 2015 Best Tall Building Worldwide award during its annual awards dinner in Chicago on November 12. CTBUH observed that this year’s contest was the most competitive yet with 123 entries, up nearly 40% from 2014. The Best Tall Building Worldwide was selected from the winners from the four competing regions in the world (ELENET 627). Designed by Boeri Studio Architteti, Bosco Verticale means “vertical forest” and boasts its own distinct “microclimate” with a façade that is home to more than 90 species of flora. Look for an article about the awards dinner in an upcoming issue of ELEVATOR WORLD.
BROOKLYN’S FIRST SUPERTALL ON DRAWING BOARDS
The first supertall outside of Manhattan is planned in downtown Brooklyn, New York City, at 340 Flatbush Avenue Ext., a 1,000-ft.-tall residential/commercial tower by JDS Development and SHoP Architects, New York YIMBY reports. They also make up the team responsible for the superslim, supertall 111 West 57th Street taking shape in Manhattan (ELENET 623 and 597). With a preliminary ratio of 12:1, 340 Flatbush Avenue Ext. will be twice as wide as the Manhattan tower but still slim for Brooklyn. The project looks to be completed in 2019.
DOOR CONTROLLER UPDATED
Siemens has expanded the technology of its door management system SIDOOR related to its application areas and optimized the controller to include modern electronically commutated (EC) motors. EC motors offer increased service lives and faster acceleration. During the commissioning phase, the “intelligent” system calculates the optimal drive characteristics at the door and ensures they are continuously maintained in accordance with application guidelines. Siemens explained, “There is a need for control engineers to maximize their efficiency and reduce errors. Control products like elevator door management systems should help meet those needs. They should save time and effort for every application.”
November 17, 2015
WITT HIRED AS LERCH BATES CONSULTANT IN TORONTO
Lerch Bates Inc. has hired David Witt as a consultant based in Toronto. He previously served as review engineer for the Technical Standards & Safety Authority, the AHJ for elevating devices in Ontario. In that role, he oversaw safety reviews for new technology and was part of a team that developed a patent-pending, risk-based inspection system for elevator equipment. He was formerly operations manager at Bramalea Elevator Ltd. He is chairman of the ASME A17.1 Dumbwaiter and ATD committees and sits on the A17.1 Hoistway and Emergency Operations committees. He is a member of NAESA International and has been a CEI since 2009. He holds a degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Waterloo in Waterloo, Canada.
BROOKLYN OFFICE TOWER TO HELP FULFILL DEMAND
A 600-ft.-tall office tower planned by JEMB Realty in downtown Brooklyn, New York City, at 420 Albee Square promises to help fulfill demand for office space in the area, where vacancy rates are hovering at around 3%, Bloomberg News reports. Kohn Pedersen Fox is the architect for what promises to be one of the tallest buildings in Brooklyn, a borough that is seeing a flurry of residential high-rise development. The US$300-million building is set to contain approximately 400,000 sq. ft. JEMB aims to break ground within a year and wrap up construction in approximately 18 months.
DOWNTOWN MILWAUKEE REDEFINING ITSELF
A trio of skyscrapers, along with historic properties turned into lofts and new infrastructure such as a streetcar system, promise to inject new life into downtown Milwaukee, the Associated Press reports. Planned or underway are the 32-story Northwestern Mutual office building, a 33-story apartment tower and the 44-story mixed-use Couture Project designed by Matt Rinka. Expected to break ground soon, Couture would include a hub for the new streetcar.