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ZHA-DESIGNED TOWER IN HONG KONG PULLS OUT ALL THE STOPS
Contactless elevators and a smart building-management system that create a contactless path "from street to workstation" are only the start of the remarkable features being incorporated into a 190-m-tall, 36-story office tower designed by Zaha Hadid Architects (ZHA) in Hong Kong, Architects' Journal reports. Under construction in the Financial District on a former parking facility, the building is being built of high-tensile steel and will have a curved glass façade inspired by a Bauhinia bud (the Hong Kong orchid tree). Henderson Land Development paid the equivalent of approximately US$2.79 billion for the plot — a record-breaking amount — at 2 Murray Road. Connecting with adjacent public gardens and parks, the structure will feature a raised base sheltering courtyards and gardens, a Sky Garden outdoor recreational space and a "hybrid ventilation" system allowing all offices to be naturally ventilated and dehumidified. Developers are working with Arup to achieve Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design and WELL Platinum certifications.
SCHINDLER NAMES SIMEON-AISSAOUI TO EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE
Schindler Holding AG has appointed Sabine Simeon-Aissaoui, head of supply chain Europe, to its group executive committee responsible for its escalators supply chain, effective January 1, 2021. She succeeds Egbert Weisshaar, who is retiring after more than 27 years with Schindler. The group executive committee now consists of Simeon-Aissaoui; CEO Thomas Oetterli; Global Human Resources and Deputy CEO David Clymo; Julio Arce, Europe South; Chief Information Officer Karl-Heinz Bauer; Paolo Compagna, Europe North; Andre Inserra, Americas; Jujudhan Jena, Asia-Pacific; Chief Financial Officer Urs Scheidegger; Christian Schulz, operations; Robert Seakins, field quality and excellence; and Daryoush Ziai, China.
REMOTE CERTIFICATION, LEARNING OFFERED BY LIFTINSTITUUT
Amsterdam-based Notified Body Liftinstituut, in response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, is offering remote certification of elevators, escalators and safety components, and is continuing to provide its series of free webinars focused on functional safety. Its experts can certify elevators remotely by closely observing, via video link, tests as they are undertaken by factory product experts. For more information, visit website. Earlier this year, Liftinstituut presented a series of four free webinars on "Functional Safety — an Introduction to PESS." Programmable Electronic Safety Systems (PESS) have seen use in the automotive and aircraft industries, and have begun to find their way into the elevator industry. The four webinars explain the technology and offer Certified Elevator Technician (CET®) credit and are still available. To sign up or for more information, visit website.
SAN FRANCISCO MIXED-USE TOWER NEAR TOPPING OUT
The 26-story 30 Otis Street, a mixed-use tower under construction in San Francisco's South of Market neighborhood, is close to topping out, San Francisco YIMBY reported on September 23. Standing 250 ft tall, with an adjacent 85-ft-tall podium, 30 Otis Street will offer 418 rental apartments, ranging from studios to three bedrooms, within its 398,000 ft2. Amenities include a pool deck, fitness center, rooftop deck and a second-floor recreation space. There will also be 4,000 ft2 of retail, a coworking space and 18,000 ft2 dedicated to the City Ballet School. The building is aiming for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Gold certification. Align Development is the company behind 30 Otis Street, and the designer is Gould Evans. Completion appears likely in 2021.