Industry News for July 30, 2015

TOP FLOOR ELEVATOR STORE BECOMES WURTEC, EXPANDS

Top Floor Elevator Store, the Canadian distribution arm of Wurtec, has been renamed Wurtec and nearly doubled its size in a new, 15,000-sq.-ft. location at 880 Milner Avenue, Unit 3, Scarborough, Ontario M1B 5N7. Phone and fax numbers remain the same. In announcing the changes, Wurtec states it sees “great value and clarity in [having] one globally recognized brand” and invites customers to come by and see the location.

DIA’S ELEVATORS AND ESCALATORS NEAR COMPLETION

Lerch Bates Inc., designer of the elevator, escalator and façade-access systems of the US$544-million Denver International Airport (DIA) expansion, said that installation of the 16 elevators and 11 escalators for the DIA Hotel and Transit Center Program is nearing completion. Work includes 60-ft.-long escalators with unique, large-scale light art by Yann Kersalé above them. The company described part of its design as “three colossal five-story escalators that connect the transit center on level one with the public plaza on level five.” The Westin hotel portion of the project is scheduled to open on November 19. Commuter rail service is to begin in 2016.

UNIQUE CAR ELEVATORS IN PORSCHE DESIGN TOWER

Work is underway on the Porsche Design Tower in the Miami suburb of Sunny Isles Beach, CBS News reports. It will include a trio of elevators that carry cars and people to their condos on any of the high rise’s 60 floors. Miami-Dade County Chief Inspector Mike Chavez says the elevator hoistway is the largest he has ever seen and that the elevators will be the first of their kind. They are now being installed under ASME A17.7 performance-based code by Mid-American Elevator Co. of Chicago. The entire development is to be complete in summer 2016, joining other branded condominium towers in the area like the Armani Casa and Fendi Chateau.

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