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February 28, 2017

“SHOW-STOPPING” OFFICE TOWER RISING OUTSIDE PARIS

What is being described by anchor tenant Saint-Gobain as a “show-stopping” 39-story, 178-m-tall office tower, designed by Valode & Pistre Architects, is set to rise just west of the Paris city limits in the La Défense business district, SkyRise Cities reports. The glassy building will feature a boxy, transparent crown that will provide views into and out of a rooftop garden. Greenspace will be interspersed throughout the building, which, in addition to 48,600 m2 of office space, will have 400 m2 of retail. Developed by Italian insurance company Generali Group and Hines, the structure is scheduled for completion in 2019.

 RESIDENTIAL TOWER WILL OFFER “EPIC” VIEWS IN MIDTOWN NYC

When residents move into Madison Square Park Tower later this year, they will enjoy what the property’s website describes as “epic 360˚ views” of New York City (NYC) landmarks such as the Statue of Liberty and Empire State Building from what will be the tallest building in the Flatiron District at 65 stories and 777 ft., dezeen reports. Designed by Kohn Pedersen Fox, which has several other projects underway in NYC, the building is located at 45 East 22nd Street and will be among the new breed of super-slender towers rising across the city. It contains 83 units with floor-to-ceiling windows.

ESCALATOR INSTALLATION DELAYED AT BUSY INDIAN STATION

Installation of escalators at Erode Junction in southern India is delayed, causing inconvenience for passengers who have difficulty walking approximately 100 m, then climbing stairs to reach platforms, The Hindu reports. Completion was originally anticipated in December 2016, but is now expected sometime in the spring. More than 100 trains cross the station’s four platforms, which are traversed by thousands of passengers each day.

February 27, 2017

THYSSENKRUPP, PARTNERS SUPPLY NAIROBI HOTEL, MARKET

Joining forces with strategic distribution partners, thyssenkrupp supplied 35 units to the Greenhill Hotel and Village Market in Nairobi, Kenya, which thyssenkrupp describes as an up-and-coming market. The order consisted of 20 escalators and 15 elevators. Noting that Nairobi has been listed among the top 10 most dynamic cities in the world, thyssenkrupp said its collaboration partners managed the project, which “allowed us to provide cutting-edge technology and vital infrastructure to make a real difference, even though we have no field presence there.”

DETROIT TOWER INTENDED TO SIGNAL CITY’S REBIRTH

The City of Detroit’s Downtown Development Authority has approved a plan to build a 52-story, 734-ft.-tall mixed-use tower designed by New York City’s SHoP Architects and Detroit’s Hamilton Anderson Associates that would be the tallest in the city and, ideally, signal Detroit’s rebirth, Architect’s Newspaper reports. Developed by Detroit’s Bedrock on the former Woodward Avenue site of Hudson’s department store, at one time the tallest department store in the world, the project would include residences, retail and parking built around what SHoP Principal William Sharples calls “a huge and inspiring new public space.” If all goes as planned, groundbreaking will take place on December 1.

EIGSC CANCELS LUNCHES, LOOKS TO REGROUP

The Elevator Industry Group of Southern California (EIGSC) has canceled all lunches until further notice as it looks to regroup. Any dues that have been submitted for 2017 will not be processed. Ray Miller of Prysmian Group says a group of longtime members are discussing possible next steps. Anyone wishing to be part of the discussion may contact Miller at email or by telephone: 877-888-0765.

February 24, 2017

HITACHI OPENS ENGINEER TRAINING CENTER IN THAILAND

Hitachi, Ltd. and Hitachi Building Systems Co., Ltd. in January opened their Asia Training Center, a facility that includes classroom, virtual and hands-on training, in Chonburi Province, Thailand. It is expected to support the delivery of approximately 5,000 units — including machine-room-less elevators Hitachi launched in the region in September 2016 — each year throughout Asia. The seven-story, 3,785-m2 complex has six elevator shafts, two escalator installation areas, a safety training room and two additional classrooms. It is geared toward developing mid-level engineers in Asian countries to ensure higher quality and safety, and is part of a revised training structure that involves the center working with Hitachi’s Human Resources Development Center to foster advanced training.

CAPE TOWN’S TALLEST ON TRACK

A 44-story, 486-ft.-tall mixed-use tower that will be the tallest in Cape Town, South Africa, is scheduled to start construction in April and be finished within two and half years, Africa Investor reports. It is being developed by Land Equity Group and FWJK, which is also the architect. Located at the corner of Adderley and Strand streets, Zero2ONE, also known as Exchange Place, is set to have more than 600 apartments, ample parking, 5,000 sq. ft. of retail, a restaurant and 360˚ viewing deck. The project is part of what Stuart Chait of Land Equity Group describes as an “aggressive development cycle” that will involve US$3 billion worth of projects in Sub-Saharan and South Africa.

CEA MEETING, UPCOMING FUNDRAISERS

The Chicago Elevator Association (CEA) plans its regular meeting on March 2 at The Clubhouse at 298 Oakbrook Center, Oak Brook, Illinois, with dinner starting at 6:30 p.m. A guest speaker from Adams is the scheduled. Those wishing to attend should RSVP to ceamail@flash.net or (708) 371-2477. CEA also plans to host its Annual Scholarship “Night at the Races” Fundraiser on May 18 at Hawthorne Race Course in Cicero, Illinois, starting at 6 p.m. Tickets are US$65 per person, and sponsorships are available. CEA’s annual Elevator Escalator Safety Foundation fundraiser is planned on June 28.

February 23, 2017

BLAIN RENEWS CERTIFICATION

Blain Hydraulics GmbH has successfully renewed certification for its products, including mechanical control; servo electronic; variable-voltage, variable-frequency EV4 series; and pipe-rupture safety valves endorsing compliance with ASME A17.1/CSA B44. The German company states it attaches great importance to the North American market and its growing customer base. It also pointed out the renewal was subject to stringent CSA Group quality and testing procedures.

ELEVATOR U CONFERENCE REGISTRATION OPEN

Elevator U has announced commencement of registration for its 20th Annual Elevator U Conference & Vendor Show, taking place at the Boar’s Head Inn at The University of Virginia in Charlottesville on June 19-22. A preconference golf outing is scheduled for a shotgun start on the first day. For more information or to register or renew membership, visit website.

ELENET TO BE PUBLISHED WEEKLY

Due to rising popularity, ELENET will be transitioning from biweekly to weekly beginning on March 1. As always, editorial submissions are welcome at phone: (251) 479-4514, ext. 30 or email: editorial@elevatorworld.com. To advertise, contact ext. 38 or advertising@elevatorworld.com.

February 22, 2017

THYSSENKRUPP ATTENDS SUSTAINABILITY EVENT IN SPAIN

thyssenkrupp attended the 11th annual Cotec Europe Summit in Madrid in February, emphasizing its commitment to reducing waste and energy consumption through support of event host Cotec Foundation, a nonprofit with “a mission to promote innovation as a catalyst for economic and social development.” Chaired by King of Spain Felipe VI and attended by high-ranking officials from Spain, Italy and Portugal, the event was a chance for Cotec to share its first report addressing the circular economy theme. Javier Sesma, general manager of thyssenkrupp’s Innovation Center in Gijon, Spain, states energy-friendly products such as the company’s ACCEL and iwalk moving walks are “poised to change the way people will commute in cities.”

LABOR SECRETARY, MSHA: MINE ELEVATORS ARE “WORKING PLACES”

The Mine and Safety Health Administration (MSHA) and the Secretary of Labor contend mine elevators are “working places” as defined by federal regulations and subject to the same oversight as areas where work is performed, Aggregates Manager reports. The regulations state “a competent person designated by the operator shall examine each working place at least once each shift for conditions that may adversely affect safety or health” and that the operator must promptly take action if problems are found. Citations for failure to do this have been issued. Administrative Law Judges (ALJ) have denied the broadened “working places” definition, agreeing with the mining industry’s contention that elevators are simply conveyances, rather than working spaces. ALJs advise mine operators to keep meticulous records to support potential challenges.

FOUR ELEVATORS FOR JAKARTA ELEVATED BUS ROUTE

City-owned bus operator TransJakarta plans to install a total of four elevators at two passenger shelters in South Jakarta, Indonesia, The Jakarta Post reports. The shelters are at CSW and Velbak, and are along the new corridor 13 elevated route nearing completion connecting South Jakarta and the western suburbs. The elevators, along with the new route, are expected to be operational in June.

February 21, 2017

WORLD’S TALLEST ATRIUM PART OF HADID DESIGN IN BEIJING

Construction of the 46-story, 207-m-tall mixed-use building Leeza SOHO in southwest Beijing, consisting of curvy halves connected by what will be the world’s tallest atrium at 190 m, has reached the 20th floor, Zaha Hadid Architects (ZHA) reports. It is expected to reach its full height in September prior to opening in 2018. The atrium twists as it rises to maximize natural light and maximize views from all floors. Leeza SOHO is the fourth collaboration between SOHO China and ZHA.

ELEVATOR WORKER FATALITY AT FLORIDA HOSPITAL

Authorities are trying to determine how a construction worker died after his body was found by firefighters in an elevator shaft at a hospital in Tallahassee, Florida, on February 17, various news outlets, including USA Today, report. The firefighters rescued three people who were trapped in an elevator stuck between the ground and first floors. Following the rescue, they discovered the body of the man, who was working alone. Officials are trying to determine why he was working in a shaft with an operational elevator.

90-STORY RESIDENTIAL TOWER IN SURFERS PARADISE, AUSTRALIA

Meriton hopes to break ground in June on a 90-story residential tower on the site of the 1960s-era International Beach Resort in Surfers Paradise, Australia, brisbanedevelopment.com reports. Designed by SJB Architects, the structure will contain approximately 570 apartments and boast a three-tiered configuration with colored glass panels. At 290-310 m tall, the building will be among the tallest in the area, joining the Spirit and Q1 towers. An Art Deco-inspired podium with restaurants, pools and amenities is also envisioned.

February 20, 2017

KONE INDIA LAUNCHES SMART ELEVATOR “HACKATHON”

KONE India, in partnership with IBM and HackerEarth, has launched an elevator “hackathon,” in which developers are invited to come up with digitally innovative ideas to, in this case, enhance the elevator-user experience. The hackathon is being powered by IBM Watson’s Internet of Things platform on IBM’s BlueMix cloud. More than 2,300 people from across India registered, and the top 60 shortlisted teams presented their ideas in Bengaluru and Chennai. On March 4, the top 15 teams are scheduled to demonstrate the integration of their prototypes at KONE’s R&D center in Chennai, with the winning team awarded a cash prize of US$5,961 and a chance to further developer its idea at KONE’s R&D center in Finland.

 RESIDENTIAL TOWER SHIMMERS OVER BOSTON’S FENWAY PARK

Distinguishing features of the 30-story Pierce Boston residential tower, overlooking the city’s Fenway Park baseball stadium, are starting to appear, SkyRise Cities reports. Arquitectonica is behind the slender, angular design, which features shimmery blue and metal elements. Samuels & Associates is the developer of the project, set to include approximately 350 units, along with a host of resident amenities and 20,000 sq. ft. of retail. Delivery is anticipated in 2018.

 PLAN FOR TRIO OF TORONTO TOWERS ADVANCES

Lanterra Developments’ scaled-back plan for a trio of towers in downtown Toronto between St. Patrick and Simcoe streets has, for the most part, won Planning Review Panel approval, UrbanToronto reports. Designed by Hariri Pontarini Architects, Artists’ Alley now has a gross floor area (GFA) reduced by 21% to 66.959 m2. Building 1, the tallest, was reduced from 54 stories and 634 residential units to 39 stories and 393 residential units. Building 2 increased from 24 stories and 150 units to 36 stories and 310 units. Building 3 remained the same at 17 stories, but was reconfigured to house 210, rather than 345, residential units. The new plan includes a 1,000-m2 public park. While approving of the revised density, the Panel questioned the suitability of ground-level retail and configuration of some of the residential units.