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October 16, 2018

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TEI SUPPLYING COLUMBIA BUSINESS SCHOOL

TEI Group has been contracted to install 17 elevators at Columbia Business School in the western portion of Harlem, New York, known as “Manhattanville.” The units include 13 overhead gearless, one overhead geared traction and two hole-less hydraulic units. Covering 17 acres, Columbia University’s new campus will be a home for education and research it hopes will be “groundbreaking.” Situated five blocks north of its Morningside Heights Campus, the Manhattanville Campus will host graduate-level schools and research centers, housing for faculty and students and “spaces for the community.”

“KALEIDOSCOPIC-LIKE LANDMARK” PLANNED IN DOWNTOWN L.A.

A 58-story skyscraper at 811 West Olympic Boulevard in downtown Los Angeles would be, according to architect Nardi Associates, a "kaleidoscopic-like landmark," Construction Dive reports. The L.A. Department of City Planning has issued a draft environmental impact report for Olympic Tower, which would include 374 condominiums across 24 stories and a 373-room hotel on 17 stories. Also on the drawing boards are 14 levels of parking — eight aboveground and six below. Concerns about issues such as increased traffic and pollution are often outweighed by a development's revenue and job-generating potential, the source noted. Developer Olymfig26 LLC hopes to break ground within two years.

FOUR HOSPITALIZED AFTER ELEVATOR FALLS IN BROOKLYN

Four people were hospitalized with minor injuries after an elevator fell from the first floor to the basement of a building on October 12 in the Williamsburg neighborhood of Brooklyn, New York, WPIX reports. The incident, which occurred shortly after 9 a.m. at 741 Flushing Avenue, is under investigation.

SOME ELEVATOR PERMITS NOT CURRENT AT CALIFORNIA UNIVERSITY

An investigation by the Daily Titan found that 35 of the 77 elevators on the main campus of California State University Fullerton (CSUF) in Fullerton, California, lack current annual inspection permits, a situation an elevator inspection company billing manager says is “unfortunately, typical,” with the state of California typically six to nine months behind on inspections. One building’s elevator had permits that expired on April 28 and another, on June 16. The state division of Occupational Safety and Health inspected all CSUF elevators in July and August, but not every elevator was issued a permit. A CSUF spokesman said mechanical updates may be needed before this happens.

NYC SUBWAY ESCALATOR MISHAP FATAL FOR BRONX MAN

A 48-year-old man from Bronx, New York, strangled to death on his own shirt after falling on an escalator at the Intervale Avenue station of the New York City (NYC) Subway in Longwood, Bronx, NBC New York reports. The incident happened early on October 14 after the man purportedly had been drinking. He was found unresponsive at the top landing of the escalator shortly before 4 a.m. and was transported to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

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