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September 2, 2015

NAESA SEMINARS, WORKSHOP APPROVED FOR CEUs

NAESA International’s 2015 Florida Code Update seminars and Eastern Region Fall Workshop, planned on October 9-10 in Tampa, have been approved by the State of Florida for 10 hr. of continuing education (1.0 CEUs) each. To receive full credit, one must be prepared to sign in at all announced times throughout the session. See the NAESA training calendar for further information and to register.

FOUNDATION WORK UNDERWAY ON MIDTOWN NYC SUPERTALL

The foundation of a stylish supertall designed by Jean Nouvel that will house pricey residences is taking shape at 53 West 53rd Street in Midtown, New York City (NYC), New York YIMBY reports. The 1,050-ft.-tall building will stand approximately 80 stories and house an expansion of the Museum of Modern Art at its base and more than 130 multimillion-dollar condominiums above. Conceived approximately a decade ago, the building has been controversial but is ultimately expected to enhance the Midtown skyline. Completion is anticipated in 2017.

LESS THAN TWO WEEKS LEFT FOR EW PROJECT OF THE YEAR

The deadline for ELEVATOR WORLD’s 18th Annual Project of the Year Awards is September 15, 13 days away. Winning projects will be recognized and highlighted in the January issue of EW, and winning companies will receive awards. Click here to download an entry form. Questions? Email editorial@elevatorworld.com.

September 1, 2015

AVIRE AT NAEC, INTERLIFT

Avire is planning to showcase several products at the upcoming National Association of Elevator Contractors (NAEC) and Interlift exhibitions in Boston and Augsburg, Germany, respectively. At both events, Avire plans to showcase its new Panachrome and E-Series safety edges and new iS2 LCD display, which according to Avire is “the first display to combine RSS-feed technology, wireless connectivity and eco-friendly features.” At NAEC, at which it will be exhibiting for the first time, Avire also plans to have its EMS emergency telephone equipment on hand, while at Interlift, it plans to spotlight its new C100 ETR monitoring software.

INDIA’S CR HAS ESCALATORS PLANNED AT EIGHT STATIONS

Central Railway (CR) plans to install escalators at eight stations, including four at Kurla Station, by March 2016, The Free Press Journal reports. Among measures aimed at enhancing traffic flow and providing an alternative to foot overbridges, escalators are also in store at Vidyavihar, Kanjurmarg, Bhandup and Badlapur on the Central Line, among others.

IN MEMORIAM: CHARLES “CHUCK” CHRISTIANO

Charles “Chuck” Christiano of Greenville, Texas, passed away on July 20 at the age of 64. He was a longtime elevator mechanic with companies such as Baxter, B&B and Economy. He went on to run his own elevator-repair company. Christiano is survived by his wife of 44 years, Betty; daughters, Diana and Rosa; son, Nicholas; brother, Wesley; sister, Cheryl; eight grandchildren and many other loved ones, including his caretaker and sister-in-law, Melissa. Memorial donations may be made to the Nicaragua Mission Trip through Good Samaritan Community Health, 7701 Southwest 98th Street, Miami, Florida 33156.

August 31, 2015

SAVARIA BUYS SILVER CROSS FRANCHISE, PLANS EXPANSION

Savaria Corp. has purchased the assets of the Silver Cross franchise in Ottawa, Canada, and plans to open additional Silver Cross stores in “all key markets in Canada to complement its existing franchise locations.” Savaria purchased the assets of Silver Cross, with 16 locations in the U.S. and Canada and a pair of corporate locations in Ontario, in 2014. Savaria now intends to add to those locations with larger stores that will enable the company to showcase additional accessibility products, including home elevators.

LONG ISLAND CITY TOWER REACHES SKYWARD

A 50-story, 503-ft.-tall tower at 43-25 Hunter Street in Long Island City (LIC) is reaching skyward, New York YIMBY reports. Scheduled for completion by summer 2017, it has reached 14 stories. Rockrose is the developer, and SLCE Architects is the designer for the project, set to also have a 14-story building. Together, the buildings will house close to 1,000 residences. Retail and parking, along with other amenities, are planned on the bottom level of the taller tower, and amenities will be scattered throughout. It looks to be one of LIC’s tallest buildings.

SHANGHAI SAFETY AUTHORITIES HALT 33 ESCALATORS

The Shanghai Quality and Technical Supervision Bureau indefinitely halted 33 escalators in the city after an inspection of some 2,600 units found the ones in question potentially dangerous, Shanghaiist reports. The manufacturer of the unit involved in the death of a young mother recently in China was ordered to dismantle seven machines and repair five in the wake of the inspection, which covered only approximately 15% of the total 17,000 escalators operating in Shanghai.

August 28, 2015

OTIS EXPANDING IN SOUTH CAROLINA

Otis is adding 50 jobs and 15,000 sq. ft. to its facility in Florence, South Carolina, where it established a 440,000-sq.-ft. “manufacturing center of excellence” for the U.S. and Canada in 2011 with a US$40-million, 360-employee investment, The Morning News reports. Hiring is set to take place over the next 12 months. The physical expansion, which will house offices, is scheduled to be complete by the end of January 2016.

AL REPORTS ON U.K. PROJECTS

Amalgamated Lifts (AL) in London recently reported on several jobs. First, the company was hired by the University of Brighton to perform maintenance on 63 lifts throughout the campus. The company also recently modernized the duplex lifts at the Biscuit Building in London. The work included a new traction variable voltage/variable frequency machine, control panels, door operators and landing signals. It also recently completed a 12-week project involving the triplex lifts at the CBRE offices in London. That job entailed installation of thin-film-transistor Clear View indicators, a new control panel with an absolute shaft encoder, reskinned cab walls, new landing doors and an integrated card-swipe system.

IN MEMORIAM: ROBERT “BOBBY” YOSHIO MITO

Robert “Bobby” Yoshio Mito of Enchanted Lake, Hawaii, passed away on June 9 at the age of 72. He worked as an Otis elevator mechanic for 37 years. He is survived by his mother, Beatrice; wife, Carole; sons, Richard, Ronald and Kodee; and three grandchildren. A service was held on July 6.

August 27, 2015

THYSSENKRUPP UPS STAKE IN CHINESE VENTURE

ThyssenKrupp has upped its stake in Chinese joint venture Marohn ThyssenKrupp Elevator Co., Ltd. from 25% to 51%, in an effort to increase its market position in the world’s largest elevator market. The company plans to open a new manufacturing facility in Shanghai in 2016 and had EUR85.2 million (US$97 million) in sales revenue in fiscal 2013/2014. ThyssenKrupp has had a stake in Marohn since 2011.

WOOLCOTT JOINS AL

Alan Woolcott has joined Amalgamated Lifts (AL) as project manager in its Construction Department. Woolcott has handled lift modernizations at large company and government offices, university campuses and hospitals. He has established relationships with large consultancies, as well as architects within the U.K. Houses of Parliament. AL Operations Development Manager Daniel Williamson observed that Woolcott “brings additional structure and understanding to ensure client retention is maintained, while broadening AL’s project scope and overall project-management capabilities.”

CECA GOLF CLASSIC AT CLUB DE GOLF ISLESMERE

Canadian Elevator Contractors Association (CECA) has opened registration for the annual CECA Golf Classic, planned this year at Club de Golf Islesmere in Laval, Canada, a short drive from Montreal, on September 18. Sponsorships are available for the popular event, which promises to be “an enjoyable but challenging walk through the woods.”

August 26, 2015

IN MEMORIAM: BRIAN D. BLACK

Brian D. Black of Hamburg, New York, passed away on August 23 at the age of 60. A longtime contributor and friend to Elevator World, Black was president of B.D. Black & Associates in Hamburg and served as the Code and Safety consultant for the National Elevator Industry, Inc., (NEII®) since 2007, stepping down at the beginning of 2015 for health reasons. He was involved in the development of model codes for most of his career, previously in the field of accessibility for disabled persons. He a member of numerous committees and the author of three books. A service is planned on September 4. Condolences may be sent to his widow, Ann, at 4034 North Hampton Brook Drive, Hamburg, N.Y. 14075-6410.

EDMONTON LRT ESCALATOR PERFORMANCE IMPROVES

Efforts by the city to improve the performance of Light Rail Transit (LRT) escalators in Edmonton, Canada, are paying off, with the out-of-service average falling from 4.5 days per month in 2014 to 3.2 days per month since January 2015, the Edmonton Journal reports. Measures include sweeping station floors more frequently and using a stick-resistant sand on sidewalks during winter months. One of the main problems was escalator gears becoming clogged from sand and snow tracked in on shoes. Edmonton officials anticipate further improvements as a result of a CAD$11.8-million (US$8.9-million) escalator overhaul set to take place over the next four years.

PAIR OF RESIDENTIAL TOWERS PROPOSED IN WHITE PLAINS, NY

A pair of 24-story residential towers with underground parking and a base containing retail and amenities is being mulled by city officials in White Plains, New York (NY), New York YIMBY reports. A division of Miami’s Lennar Corp. is the developer and Perkins Eastman is the architect of the project, which would house more than 700 residences, most below market rate. Construction is scheduled to start in May 2016 and would involve razing an existing shopping complex.

August 25, 2015

ALIMAK WINS 23-UNIT CONSTRUCTION HOIST ORDER IN TURKEY

Alimak Group has been awarded a US$2-million contract to provide 23 construction hoists for unspecified projects in Turkey during the fourth quarter of 2015. The hoists are both double and single configuration. Fredrik Betts, head of Construction Equipment at Alimak, stated: “We are proud to announce this new order for construction hoists tailored to our customer’s need for fast, efficient and, above all, safer vertical access in different construction development projects.”

NATIONAL ELEVATOR REGISTRY ALMOST READY IN BULGARIA

A national online registry for elevators in Bulgaria is expected to be complete by the end of October, Focus News Agency reports. The news comes on the heels of a new national law that provides public access to current elevator data online. An official with the State Agency for Metrology and Technical Surveillance urged the public to continue to report elevator irregularities so they can be added to the database and, ultimately, lead to increased serviceability and safety.

HONG KONG ESCALATOR MISHAP PROMPTS AMBULANCE SIT-IN

A family of four from Beijing vacationing in Hong Kong on August 20 staged a sit-in in an ambulance after they were told to pay US$220 for a visit to a hospital to check injuries resulting from an escalator mishap at a Mass Transit Railway (MTR) station earlier that day, Coconuts Hong Kong reports. The family said they had been told MTR would cover the cost. The accident occurred when one person fell backward into the others, resulting in three people sustaining non-life-threatening injuries. MTR officials said security footage shows none of the four were holding the handrail as advised when the accident occurred. Police ended the sit-in after approximately 2 hr. when they convinced the family to get treated now and discuss charges later.