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Jan. 21, 2020

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The job for the design of Two World Trade Center, a long-awaited tower for the WTC complex in NYC's Financial District, has been returned to original architect Norman Foster of Foster + Partners, New York YIMBY reports. Also known as 200 Greenwich Street, the proposed tower would be the final piece of the 16-acre site. Foster's original 2006 design envisioned a diamond-topped skyscraper, with the shapes pointing down at the reflecting pools of the 9/11 Memorial. The project stalled in the early 2010s, and, in 2015, the design work was transferred to Bjarke Ingels of BIG, who proposed a tower composed of a stack of giant glass blocks. Construction was delayed after potential anchor tenant 21st Century Fox and News Corp. withdrew, and in 2018, Larry Silverstein, head of developer Silverstein Properties, indicated to YIMBY that Foster's design was still under consideration. The Foster design called for a 79-story, 1,350-ft-tall, glass tower holding just under 3 million ft2 of office space. The report indicated that Foster's original design would be "updated," but no specifics or renderings were given.


KONE announced on January 20 it has joined more than 125 building-automation suppliers in supporting the BACnet communications protocol to help manage smart buildings. Stating it is the first elevator and escalator manufacturing company to support BACnet International (the industry association that facilitates successful use of BACnet), KONE says tools such as the BACnet PR18-compliant controller exemplifies how the company is working toward full smart-building management. “Integrating KONE elevators, escalators and moving walks with smart buildings using BACnet will allow for quick device discovery and optimized operation,” KONE Americas Executive Vice President Larry Wash says. “Our new BACnet solutions will deliver real-time diagnostics for even smarter building management.”


The Facilities Planning and Management (FP&M) department at Wayne State University in Detroit recently launched a program to better organize maintenance and repair of the school's 145 elevators, Today@Wayne, an online campus newsletter, reported on January 15. Officials with FP&M, working with maintenance provider Schindler and consultant National Elevator, say the process has shown good results. The elevators are spread across 125 campus buildings, some of which were built as far back as the 1930s. The source noted that replacement parts are often not available or are obsolete, and the problem has been compounded by a shortage of qualified technicians. Part of Wayne State's solution is to have two Schindler technicians assigned exclusively to the university and housed in a campus office. The program keeps the community informed through a frequently updated webpage that details the current status of each elevator and encourages users to quickly report problems.


Within roughly three years, Shanta Holdings hopes to debut what would be Bangladesh's tallest building — the 40-story Pinnacle office tower on Bir Uttam Mir Shawkat Road in Dhaka, Bangladesh, The Daily Star reports. Construction started in November 2019, and completion is anticipated by December 2022. Served by seven high-speed passenger and one service/firefighter elevators, the structure will be clad in special reflective glass and boast large, up-to-14,500-ft2 floorplates and 11.5-ft-tall ceilings. The developer said Pinnacle will be Bangladesh's first wind-tunnel-tested building, and aims to attract tenants like banks and multinational corporations to a skyscraper the source said will be like those in Singapore, Hong Kong and Malaysia.


Centro, a 40-story, 129-m-tall tower and a shorter tower, aims to address the affordable-housing shortage in London, Canada, a city just north of Lake Erie and the U.S. border, Global News reports The federal government announced CAD130 million (US$99.6 million) for the 420-unit project at 495 Talbot Street and 110 Fullarton Street downtown. It is being developed by Old Oak Properties Inc. with funding through the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp.'s Rental Construction Financing initiative. Slightly more than a quarter of the units will be affordable, and the 40-story structure will be the tallest between Mississauga and Calgary, according to Old Oak. Completion is anticipated by 2022.

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