Industry News for November 22, 2013
73-STORY WILSHIRE GRAND BOTTOMS OUT IN LA
The team building the US$1-billion, 73-story Wilshire Grand mixed-use tower in downtown Los Angeles (LA) marked a construction milestone on November 20 with a bottoming-out ceremony. Developer Korean Air and its construction team hit the project’s lowest point — 106 ft. below ground — after demolishing a 1950s-era hotel. The new glass-encased tower will house approximately 900 hotel rooms, 400,000 sq. ft. of office space and retail. Partners include architect AC Martin Partners, Turner Construction Co. and Lerch Bates Inc., which was tapped to design the façade-access system. Otis is the contractor for the building’s high-speed elevators. Upon completion in late 2016, the building will be the tallest on the U.S. West Coast at 1,100 ft.
NEW GEFRAN DRIVES AVAILABLE
Gefran and Sprecher + Schuh have partnered to offer Gefran’s ADL300 Elevator Drive Series traction-elevator drive intended for modernizations of such units as machine-room-less elevators. Applications include induction or permanent-magnet motors, with and without gear reducers. The ADL300 series’ GF _eXpress programming software facilitates a smooth transition from going up to down and stopping utilizing a double-S-curve method. The ADL300 series complies with international standards and approvals, in addition to ASME A17.5 and CSA B44.1.
VIRGINIA ELEVATOR MECHANIC INJURED IN ACCIDENT
An elevator mechanic in his 60s nearly lost his hand after it became trapped in a traction sheave while he was working on an elevator in an Arlington, Virginia high rise on November 7, arlnow.com reports. Such an entrapment involves significant force since each cable bears the weight of the car, any load within it, the counterweight and the hoist cables. It was not known at the time of writing whether the hand could be salvaged.