Industry News for April 8, 2014

WELTS JOINS LERCH BATES IN SAN FRANCISCO
Ron Welts has joined Lerch Bates Inc. as Elevator Consulting Group project manager in San Francisco. Welts has nearly 20 years of industry experience, including installation superintendent for KONE and various roles with Otis. He served in the U.S. Navy as a commissioned officer in the early 1990s, and holds a BS in Marine Transportation from California Maritime Academy and an MBA from St. Mary’s College of California.

FORMULA SYSTEMS ADDS EUROPEAN DISTRIBUTORS
Formula Systems, the elevator-door detection division of U.K. hand-dryer company Airdri Ltd., has appointed two new European distributors: VARIO Lift is covering the Benelux countries of Belgium, Netherlands and Luxembourg, while Seve SARL, a division of the PRISMA Group, is covering France. While welcoming them to the team, Group Commercial Director James Clark stated they will play a key role in expanding Formula Systems’ global distributor base.

REMARKABLE DESIGN UNVEILED FOR MACAU HOTEL
Melco Crown Entertainment Ltd., owner of the City of Dreams gaming resort on the Cotai Strip in Macau, has unveiled Zaha Hadid’s design for the resort’s fifth hotel. The striking design by architecture’s “Queen of the Curve” features a pair of 40-story towers connected at the podium and roof. The exterior has a biomechanical look with rounded corners, while the interior features a soaring atrium. Construction is underway, and the project is expected to be complete in early 2017. Read the press release and see the design here.

HARBIN TRADE BUILDING HAS ENERGY-EFFICIENT DESIGN
The four unified towers making up the National Trade Building in Harbin, China, were designed by Italy’s Studio Marco Piva with energy efficiency in mind, according to designboom. That is in response to the quickly growing city’s extreme temperatures, which include summer highs of 23° C and winter lows of -40° C. Besides incorporating LED strips, the buildings’ façade boasts advanced technologies that hold in heat and conserve energy. Construction is expected to start soon, with an expected completion in 2016.

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