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FILIPINO MITSUBISHI ELECTRIC DISTRIBUTOR FOCUSED ON TRAINING
Filipino-owned Mitsubishi Electric elevator distributor International Elevator & Equipment Inc. (IEE) is expanding its partnership with Don Bosco School in Manila, Cebu and Iloilo to train workers as the Philippines undergoes a continued construction boom, the Manila Bulletin reports. At the Philconstruct tradeshow recently, IEE President Ramoncito Ocampo said the company plans to have three training areas, observing it has already built a training tower for elevator/escalator installers and donated equipment to train students on air-conditioner installation. Don Bosco students are currently learning to assemble scaffolding for elevators, which account for roughly half of IEE's annual revenue. Ocampo said a steady supply of manpower is essential for sustaining the 10% growth IEE had in 2018. The company sells approximately 1,000 elevators a year, and maintains roughly 8,000 elevators.
NYCHA TO REPLACE 148 ELEVATORS IN 10 HOUSING COMPLEXES
The NYC Housing Authority (NYCHA) plans to use US$450 million in state funds to replace 148 elevators at 10 developments and boilers at 25 complexes across the city’s boroughs, various news outlets, including Patch, report. The authority based priority on equipment age and reliability, with Queensbridge North in Long Island City having the most equipment to replace: 49 elevators dating to 1994. The source observes approximately 25% of residents there are seniors or people with mobility issues, and that the cost of the work, scheduled for completion in 2024, is US$22 million. NYCHA contracted with Jacobs Management to handle the elevator replacements, part of the “Grant Disbursement Agreement Action Plan” approved by the authority watchdog earlier this month. Developments slated for elevator replacement include Mitchel Houses (20 elevators dating to 1994) and Butler Houses (18 elevators dating to 2000), both in the Bronx. A complete list can be found here.
HISTORIC CANASTOTA LIBRARY GETS RENOVATED ELEVATOR
A historic public library in New York recently had an elevator upgrade. The 100-year-old Canastota Public Library in Canastota, New York, got a renovated elevator through Albany Elevator with Smartrise Engineering controllers. The unit is a hydraulic elevator with front and rear openings and battery lowering.
“LORD OF THE RINGS”-INSPIRED TOWERS RISE IN CHINA
A trio of towers inspired by the “Lord of the Rings” franchise is rising in Chongqing, China, DailyMail reports. The project, which features a circular glass corridor resembling the “Eye of Sauron,” consists of three 107-m-tall (350-ft-tall) towers. The ring-shaped corridor is suspended 99.8 m (327 ft) above ground, supported by the three towers. This project, which will house office space upon completion, is part of Chongqing’s Xiantao Big Data Valley, a technology park covering 494 acres.
CURTAIN WALL CLIMBING ON ROOSEVELT ISLAND TOWER
The glass-and-brick curtain wall is climbing up the 21-story-tall 460 Main Street, also known as Riverwalk 8, on Roosevelt Island in NYC, New York YIMBY reports. Designed by Handel Architects and developed by Related Cos. and Hudson Cos., it will likely house students, family and staff of Memorial Sloan Kettering Hospital in Manhattan. 460 Main Street will offer 341 residences, and is the eighth Roosevelt’s Island’s building in the nine-building Riverwalk rental development. Convenient to the F train subway station, parks and waterfront walkways, the tower is slated for completion by winter 2020.