Industry News for December 11, 2014

LERCH BATES TO MODERNIZE UNITS IN HISTORIC L.A. HOTEL
Lerch Bates Inc. has been hired to modernize nine units in the historic Millennium Biltmore Hotel in Los Angeles. New AC gearless machines, modern controllers and advanced regenerative drives will be installed, as well as new cabs and hall fixtures that match existing aesthetics. Built in 1923, the hotel is a blend of Italian Renaissance, Mediterranean and Beaux Arts style. It has hosted numerous significant events such as nine Academy Awards ceremonies and U.S. President John F. Kennedy’s nomination acceptance speech. The elevator upgrade is scheduled to be complete in mid 2015.

CTBUH ESTABLISHES CHINA OFFICE, SEEKS DIRECTOR
The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) has established an office in China at Tongji University Shanghai and is seeking a director for it. The office is tasked with “acting as a conduit for translation and promotion of international CTBUH output to the China and wider Asia tall-building community.”  For more information about the office and position, visit the CTBUH website.

ELEVATORS BEING ADDED TO MONTREAL METRO STATIONS
The latest three elevators to be added to stations within the Montréal Métro were inaugurated December 9 at the Champ-de-Mars station, the Montreal Gazette reports. Aimed at enhancing passenger accessibility, the elevators are part of a multimillion-dollar improvement project that includes a new access tunnel to a new “super hospital” scheduled to open in 2016. Champs-de-Mars is the eighth metro station to get elevators, and work is underway to install them at two additional stations.

EIGSC ANNUAL HOLIDAY PARTY IS DECEMBER 16
Elevator Industry Group of Southern California (EIGSC) plans to hold its annual holiday party on December 16 at TAIX French Restaurant, 1911 Sunset Boulevard, Los Angeles, California 90026. The event is set to take place from 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m., and each EIGSC member is encouraged to bring at least one guest. Members are allowed four guests each. For questions, contact Ray Miller at (877) 888-0765.

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