Industry News for May 11, 2015
OTIS EXECUTIVE TO LEAD DISCUSSION AT AIA IN ATLANTA
“Latest Innovations in Elevator Technology” is the topic of a discussion Mary Ryan, senior manager of New Equipment for Otis North America, plans to lead on May 15 as part of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) convention in Atlanta on May 14-16. She plans to cover the evolution of destination dispatching and machine-room-less systems, and how such technologies affect building design in terms of aesthetics, security, energy efficiency and space conservation. Approximately 10 elevator companies are participating in the event, which Otis describes as “one of the largest annual gatherings of architects and design professionals in the U.S.”
LERCH BATES TAPPED FOR HIGH-PROFILE L.A. PROJECT
Lerch Bates has been hired to design the vertical-transportation and façade-access systems for Oceanwide Plaza in downtown Los Angeles (L.A.), a US$1-billion, mixed-use development set to include one 677-ft.-tall, 49-story and two 530-ft.tall, 40-story “sleek, contemporary” towers. A groundbreaking was held in March, and developer Beijing-based Oceanwide Holdings Group plans to complete the project in 2018. RTKL designed the development, which covers 4.6 acres and will have a 183-room hotel, 504 condominiums and 166,000 sq. ft. of retail adjacent to event venues the Staples Center and L.A. Live.
FRIGHTENING VIDEO OF ELEVATOR MALFUNCTION IN SOUTH KOREA
A several-seconds-long video from a Gyeonggido, South Korea, apartment complex shows a man boarding an elevator that suddenly and rapidly ascends, causing him to fall forward into the unit, allkpop reports. The man was able to recover and jump back onto the landing, but observed the April 25 incident was clearly a dangerous situation – one an elderly person or child may not have survived. A report showed the elevator lacked a safety mechanism designed to prevent rapid ascent.