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December 2, 2016

MATOT ACQUIRES KELAIR

Matot Inc. has acquired Kelair Products Inc., an industrial damper company that has specialized in the custom design and fabrication of dampers for more than 30 years. Both Matot and Kelair offer “single source” capability in an effort to avoid problems often associated with outsourcing or dealing with multiple divisions of large corporations. The firms share manufacturing processes, including sheet-metal fabrication and electrical/mechanical assembly. Manufacturing will continue at the current Kelair location in Richmond, Illinois, until at least 2018 before being transferred to Matot, Inc., the premises of which are 57 mi. away in Bellwood, Illinois.

1 UNDERSHAFT GETS THE GREEN LIGHT

Plans for 1 Undershaft, set to become London’s tallest skyscraper, were formally approved on November 28 by the city’s Planning and Transport Committee, according to sites including CNN. Retaining its 73 stories and 309.6 m, it has been dubbed “The Trellis” and would be among the tallest buildings in Europe with the U.K.’s tallest public viewing gallery at its peak. The design is still subject to a satisfactory Section 106 (an agreement between developers and the local council on the building’s wider impact on the area). It is anticipated to open in the next decade.

GREEN, NATURE-INSPIRED TAIPEI TOWER

arch daily has published photos of Vincent Callebaut Architectures’ under-construction Tao Zhu Yin Yuan sustainable tower. Rising in the Xinjin District of Taipei, the 20-story tower features a rotating form that draws inspiration from the double-helix structure of deoxyribonucleic acid and, the source stated, “is to be covered in 23,000 trees in its aim to become a pioneering sustainable residential eco-construction that finds the right symbiosis between the human being and the Nature.” It is set to be completed in September 2017.

WEST PALM BEACH STATION ESCALATORS ON THE WAY

The escalators in All Aboard Florida’s Brightline train station in downtown West Palm Beach, Florida, are being installed. PalmBeachPost has reported the escalators will carry passengers from the station’s lobby to waiting areas above the train tracks. They will also be used to move passengers from the upper-level concourse to the rail platform. Brightline’s trains are expected to start shuttling passengers between West Palm Beach and Miami by the second half of next year.

December 1, 2016

LINKED 70-STORY TOWERS FOR MELBOURNE’S CBD

SP Setia hopes to build a pair of 70-story, 254-m-tall towers linked by a curving skybridge at 308 Exhibition Street in the central business district (CBD) of Melbourne, Australia, Urban Melbourne reports. Designed by Cox Architecture and Fender Katsalidis, one tower would house a 500-plus-room hotel and the other more than 500 residences, both atop a “green” podium. Public and private amenities and a relatively small amount of retail would be on the lower levels. The project’s most striking feature, the skybridge, would be at levels 49 and 50.

KONE ACQUIRES DOWNEY GOODLEIN

KONE recently acquired the service and repair business of Downey Goodlein Elevator Corp. of Rochester, New York. Downey Goodlein has operated throughout the Rochester metropolitan area since 1965. KONE stated the acquisition brings it into a new market and “provides the talent and experience to expand the service, modernization and new installation business in upstate New York.”

1 MANHATTAN WEST’S UNIQUE PEDESTAL TAKING SHAPE

Construction on the podium at 1 Manhattan West in Manhattan, New York, was described by The New York Times as “a mammoth steel structure, as long as a city block, that seems to float 51-1/2 ft. over the ground at Ninth Avenue and 33rd Street.” The 1.2-million-cu.-ft. structure will “balance” a 995-ft.-tall building, extending 42 ft. beyond its core to the north and south. The south overhang will suspend the tower over three parallel Long Island Rail Road tracks, with the north overhang acting as a counterbalance. The tower is to have 67 occupied floors. Priced at US$1 billion, its construction is to be completed in 2019.

IN MEMORIAM: WALTER W. BRONSON

Walter W. “Wally” Bronson recently passed away at the age of 89 in Chicago. An owner at E&W Elevator in Chicago, Bronson was also a World War II veteran of the U.S. Navy. Member and former chairman of the board of the International Union of Elevator Constructors Local #2, he was also involved with the National Elevator Industry Educational Program. He is survived by wife, Susan; brothers, Jim and Perry; children, Walter, Peter, Mary Gogliotti, Therese Yaeger, Patricia Partipilo, Rita Wilmes, Kathleen Doyle, Clare DeVries, Julia Quinn, Monica Bennett, Michael, Daniel and Joseph; stepchildren, Christine Swenson, Constance Mazzetta and Carrie Weber; 34 grandchildren; nine step-grandchildren; and 25 great-grandchildren. In lieu of flowers, memorials in Bronson’s memory are requested to be made to the donator’s favorite charity.

November 30, 2016

DAY HIRED AS NAESA EDUCATION DIRECTOR

NAESA International has announced the hiring of Jack Day, formerly chief elevator inspector of the State of Washington. Day will assume the full-time role of NAESA education director at the beginning of the year. He is tasked with expanding and restructuring the association’s education program with a personal mission to educate elevator inspectors on how to read and apply codes. Day told ELEVATOR WORLD he will teach 60 courses during his first year and took the position so he could be close to his family in the Midwest. He served the State of Washington for 12 years, beginning as technical specialist.

VIRGINIA STARTS BUILDING SAFETY INITIATIVE

A volunteer safety initiative has been created by the Associated General Contractors of Virginia and Virginia’s Occupational Safety and Health (VOSH) program, The Hampton Roads Business Journal recently reported. The BEST program, which stands for “Building Excellence in Safety, Health and Training,” is intended to persuade and identify contractor association members that use safety and health management systems to benefit construction workers. It includes management and employee involvement, worksite analysis, hazard prevention and control, and safety and health training, with three levels of participation based on achievement. Companies that reach level three will be given an exemption from planned construction inspections by VOSH, enabling the agency to concentrate its limited compliance resources on employers with high injury and illness rates.

November 29, 2016

IN MEMORIAM: PIERRE LABADIE

Pierre Labadie, founder of elevator contracting company Les Ascenseurs Labadie, Inc. (Labadie Elevators, Inc.) and author, passed away on November 20 in Montreal. Friends, colleagues and relations are encouraged to pay their respects at Alfred Dallaire’s Funeral Home at 2159 Boulevard St-Martin East, Laval (corner St-Martin and Autoroute 19) on December 2, from 2-5 and 7-10 p.m. The funeral service will take place at La Visitation Church at 1847 Boulevard Gouin East, Montreal, on December 3 at 10 a.m.

NAEC HIRES EXPO VETERAN

The National Association of Elevator Contractors (NAEC) has hired Ryan Nettleton with responsibilities for sales, marketing, future directions, and human resources and personnel management. Additionally, he will mentor and lead NAEC’s current staff with responsibilities in brand message, press releases and social media. A veteran of the U.S. Air Force, Nettleton has been in the exposition industry for more than 16 years. In his current role, he will focus on associate support in all of NAEC’s interests, particularly business development, marketing and membership growth.

RESIDENTAL TOWER TAKING SHAPE NEAR CANARY WHARF

The Madison, a 53-story, 423-unit residential tower near Canary Wharf in London, is taking shape, and developer LBS Properties reports strong interest, World Property Journal reports. Designed inside and out by Make Architects, The Madison will boast a host of resident amenities such as a lounge, gym, spa, screening room and business center. It will have a limited number of car-parking spaces accessible by vehicle lift. LBS reports that, in addition to its style, the property is attractive because of its proximity to Canary Wharf and public transportation, such as the Crossrail railway station coming online in 2018.

STAGE ONE OF SKYHAUS TOPS OUT IN SYDNEY

A 31-story tower that represents stage one of the Lateral Estate residential development Skyhaus in the Liverpool area of Sydney has topped out, The Urban Developer reports. Located at 420 Macquarie Street, Skyhaus was designed by Liverpool-based Mosca Pserras and will ultimately include a pair of towers connected by a five-story podium. Expected to add approximately 440 apartments to the Liverpool market, the development also includes resident amenities such as a pool and ground-floor retail. Phase one will be complete in March 2017, with phase two scheduled for completion in 2018.

November 28, 2016

SLEEK, NEW LOOK FOR QUÉBEC CITY’S FUTURE TALLEST

A 185,800-m2, four-building development in suburban Québec City, Canada, will feature a sleek, thin 65-story tower designed by Alpha Architects and Gensler that will be the tallest in Québec at 250 m, SkyRiseCities reports. Groupe Dallaire unveiled the plans on November 15, and they could be tweaked further pending public review. Le Phare de Québec is set to house residential, commercial, office, retail and hotel space. If all goes well, Dallaire hopes to start construction in early 2017 on the main tower, which is expected to take approximately four years to complete. The other towers are expected to be built over a six-year period.

FINAL TWO SKYSCRAPERS FOR MOSCOW CITY

Renaissance Development aims to complete Neva Towers, the final two skyscrapers in Moscow’s International Business Center (Moscow City), by 2019, ArchDaily reports. Designed by a team consisting of HOK and FXFOWLE of the U.S. and SPEECH of Russia, the project boasts a 77-story residential and 63-story residential/office tower sitting atop a four-story podium. Together, they are expected to add more than 1,200 new apartments to Moscow City, which is home to many of Europe’s tallest buildings. According to Renaissance, “the shape of the flat high-rise buildings is modified by slight shifts of the central parts, forming a sort of core of the towers.”

MUMBAI COMPANY PLANS DUBAI RESIDENTIAL SKYSCRAPER

Mumbai-based Shapoorji Pallonji Real Estate is planning its first development outside India in the form of Imperial Avenue, a US$350-million, 45-story residential tower in Dubai’s Business Bay, The National reports. The company ultimately hopes to build up to six towers spanning 5 million sq. ft. and, in the future, form partnerships for projects in areas such as The Palm and Dubai Canal. Piling work is underway on Imperial Avenue, set to include approximately 420 apartments; six larger, upper-level residences; five floors of parking; and amenities such as an infinity pool and children’s play areas.

EW FOCUSES ON HOISTWAY EQUIPMENT, SYSTEMS

ELEVATOR WORLD’s February focus will be on hoistway equipment and systems, including suspension means. A Continuing Education article will be included. 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: editorial@elevatorworld.com. To advertise, contact ext. 38 or advertising@elevatorworld.com.

November 23, 2016

CLOSINGS FOR THANKSGIVING

The offices of Elevator World, Inc. will be closed on November 24 and 25 for the Thanksgiving holiday in the U.S. They will open for regular business hours on November 28.

EW PROJECT OF THE YEAR WINNERS

ELEVATOR WORLD is pleased to report the winners of the 2017 Project of the Year contest. Winning projects, which will be featured in our January issue, are: “Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre” in Melbourne, Australia, submitted by Schindler Lifts Australia in Elevators, New Construction; “The Metropolis Trust Building,” in San Francisco, submitted by Star Elevator in Elevators, Modernization; “The Denver Museum of Nature & Science” in Denver, submitted by KONE in Escalators, Modernization; “Jwacheon-Dong, Busan” in Busan, South Korea, submitted by Achim Hütter Consulting in Inclined Elevators; “Elevator in Utah” submitted by Custom Cabs Inc. in Private-Residence Elevators; “Maersk Oil Rig” in the Black Sea, submitted by Doppler SA in Special Purpose Lifts; and “Pasco de la Reforma V-1504 Lux VPL” in Mexico City, submitted by Savaria in Platform Lifts and Stairway Chairlifts.

SOUTH BROOKLYN’S TALLEST RESIDENTIAL TOWER IN THE WORKS

Cammeby’s International Group is driving piles for the retail portion of what promises to be the tallest residential tower in south Brooklyn at 40 stories and 430 ft., New York YIMBY reports. Designed by S9 Architecture, the golden, gridded structure known as Neptune/Sixth in Coney Island will eventually replace Trump Village Shopping Center. It is located at 532 Neptune Avenue and is slated to include approximately 540 apartments, 90,000 sq. ft. of retail and 15,521 sq. ft. of community space. It will be the fourth and final phase of a development that also includes a seven-story, 161,000-sq.-ft. office, retail and medical building expected to be complete in 2017.

November 22, 2016

TRIO OF RESIDENTIAL TOWERS FOR NYC’S UPPER WEST SIDE

General Investment and Development is developing a trio of residential towers — a 38 and 25-story structure connected by a base, along with 36- and 34-story towers — on a prime five acres on the Upper West Side overlooking the Hudson River in New York City (NYC), New York YIMBY reports. Rebranded Waterline Square, each has a different architect: Richard Meier and Partners Architects for the 36-story One Waterline Square, Rafael Viñoly Architects for the 34-story Three Waterline Square and Kohn Pederson Fox, for the double-tower structure, Two Waterline Square, with Goldstein, Hill & West as executive architect. All will house condominiums on the upper floors with rental units below. Completion is expected in 2018.

ESCALATORS TO LINK NEW METRO, AIPORT TERMINAL IN MUMBAI

Escalators will link a new Metro station to the arrivals and departures area at the recently built Terminal 2 (T2) at Mumbai’s Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport, the Hindustan Times reports. Between the Metro and T2 will be a concourse with ticket counters and restaurants. An additional two metro stations are being built at terminal 1C and Sahar, promising to further enhance efficiency for business travelers. The new metro at T2 is expected to open in approximately five years.

MAN INJURES TOE ON SINGAPORE ESCALATOR

A 27-year-old man injured his toe on November 16 as a result of his foot becoming stuck in an escalator traveling from basement level to the first story of a mall at Bugis Junction in Singapore, the Straits Times reports. He was stuck for approximately 30 min. before Singapore Civil Defence Force officers freed the foot using hydraulic tools. The man was then transported to a local hospital for treatment. Mall managers are investing the cause of the incident.