Celebrating a Milestone

With the hashtag #TBT (throwback Thursday), the University of North Carolina Charlotte College of Arts + Architecture posted on Instagram this photo of Gray, left, with now-retired architecture professor John Nelson, in the Arts Quad in 1999.
Gray

The University of North Carolina Charlotte College of Arts + Architecture has joined ELEVATOR WORLD in celebrating a milestone for Dr. Lee Gray — the publication of his 200th EW article, “The First Elevator in the Texas State Capitol, Part One,” which appears in this month’s issue. Gray, a professor of Architectural History and senior associate dean, joined the faculty at UNCC in 1992 and, according to an April 2 post on the Arts + Architecture Instagram page, “decided it was time to write a book. Asking himself, ‘What’s going to be the most fun?’ he landed on his topic: elevators.” It was in 2003 that he became an EW correspondent, penning monthly history columns (with occasional other pieces), and, according to the post, has since become the “ONLY fulltime elevator historian in the WORLD.” As such, he is the go-to answer man — if the question is “elevators” — for numerous national media outlets, including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, National Public Radio, The History Channel, National Geographic and PBS, to name a few. In a reply to the post, EW’s Instagram congratulated Gray, adding, “Our magazine wouldn’t be the same without his contributions. We look forward to his Escalator History book in 2021!” Faithful EW readers don’t have to wait that long for more from Gray, however — he’ll have another article in May’s issue, and for June he will be the subject of our popular “10 Questions” feature.

Creativity in Cabins Combats Coronavirus

Our last post, “Fighting Coronavirus,” mentioned using toothpicks to push elevator buttons, but the concept is being taken to another level in this elevator. As The National reports, this elevator in Dubai has introduced a toothpick-bottle-foam method, instead of a bottle of hand sanitizer.

While the “six-foot rule” of social distancing can’t be followed in most cabins, like the one here, it seems prudent to do what you can in such an enclosed space as a typical elevator cab. This Central Park Towers, DIFC elevator (also in Dubai) sports tape and footprint stickers to help give guidelines for a bit of separation.

The article also has another example of the toothpick method that confuses me a bit and a video of it in use in another elevator. So, head over there and stay safe!

Working From Home Amid COVID-19 Concerns

Fujitec Elevators & Escalators, headquartered in Japan with operational headquarters worldwide, recently posted on LinkedIn a photo collage of its sales team members working from home, observing that “safety of our employees is our topmost priority. However, our sales team continues to #stayathome and work with full enthusiasm to keep up our customer commitments.”

The Fujitec sales team working from home; image courtesy of Fujitec