Industry News for December 9, 2013

LERCH BATES TO DESIGN SYSTEM FOR SUZHOU, CHINA, SUPERTALL
In November, Lerch Bates Inc. announced it was hired to design the façade-access system for Suzhou Zhongnan Center, a 700-m-tall, mixed-use tower taking shape in Suzhou Industrial Park in Suzhou, China. Once built, it will be the tallest building in the world outside of the Middle East, which boasts the current world’s tallest, the 828-m Burj Khalifa in the U.A.E., and what is expected to be the future world’s tallest, the 999-m-tall Kingdom Tower under construction in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. Lerch Bates said it is pleased to be part of China’s tall-building construction boom, having recently announced it is designing systems for The Haitian Center in Qingdao and the China Resources Headquarters Tower in Shenzhen.

SCHINDLER SOLAR ELEVATOR A FINALIST FOR AWARD
Schinder Solar Elevator is a finalist for a Platts Global Energy Award in the “Leading Technologies – Sustainable Innovations” category. Finalists were culled from more than 200 nominees, and winners will be announced during a black-tie gala December 12 in New York City. Schindler Solar Elevator (ELENET 570) is a hybrid system that generates up to 100% of its power from rooftop solar panels and stores energy to be used on an as-needed basis via a proprietary battery system. Schindler President Greg Ergenbright called the innovation “a major step forward in creating net-zero energy buildings in urban environments.”

MISSISSIPPI’S NEW ELEVATOR/ESCALATOR LAW DETAILED
The Jackson, Mississippi, newspaper The Clarion-Ledger provided details about the state’s new Conveyance Safety Act. Starting January 1, 2015, all elevators and escalators except those in private residences must have annual safety inspections and certificates. The law also requires operators report elevator-related accidents or injuries to the state Department of Insurance within 72 hours. Mechanics and inspectors also must pay a $100 fee for a license every two years, while owners of buildings with elevators must pay a $75 certificate fee annually. The majority of inspectors have received their licenses, with the first licensed elevator inspection in the state performed in November.

ELE-ESPAÑA CANCELLED
ELE-ESPAÑA, which was scheduled for May 7-8, 2014, in Feria de Madrid, Spain, has been cancelled. For more information, contact Victoria Eskenazi of MarkExpo Ltd. at phone: (34) 933-801-261, email: victoria@markexpo.com or website: www.markexpo.com.

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