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April 28, 2017

KONE TO OUTFIT FINAL TWO MOSCOW CITY SKYSCRAPERS

KONE has been hired to provide the vertical transportation for Neva Towers, the final two towers for Moscow’s international business center, Moscow City. Built to Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design standards, the mixed-use towers will stand 289 and 337 m tall, and be outfitted with 33 8-mps MiniSpace® and 18 MonoSpace® elevators linked to KONE’s destination-control system. Designed by HOK, FXFOWLE and SPEECH of Russia, the structures will house approximately 4,000 people. Renaissance Development is behind the project, expected to be complete in 2020.

ABSTRACTS FOR NORTHAMPTON SYMPOSIUM AVAILABLE

Abstracts of papers to be presented at the Seventh Symposium on Lift & Escalator Technologies, to be held at Highgate House in Northampton, U.K., on September 20-21, have been made available. Registration remains open, and attendees registering before June 30 will receive an early booking discount. Further discounts are available to members of supporting organizations the Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers, University of Northampton, Lift & Escalator Industry Association and The Institution of Engineering and Technology.

WOODS BAGOT-DESIGNED KODO RISING IN ADELAIDE

Ground was broken recently on the 30-story apartment tower Kodo at 29 Angas Street near Victoria Square in Adelaide, Australia, The Urban Developer reports. Designed by Woods Bagot, the structure is aiming for a late 2018 completion, and features a four-level podium containing parking and resident amenities. The developer is Flagship Property Holdings, which, along with the state government, is offering grants totaling up to AUS$38,000 (US$28,300) to first-time homeowners. Flagship observed that Kodo promises to become “an iconic feature on the Adelaide skyline.”

April 27, 2017

KONE IN EIGHT SAUDI PROJECTS

KONE recently announced it has won an order to supply 153 elevators in eight different projects commissioned by Alargan Projects in Saudi Arabia. The order was booked in the third quarter of 2016 and includes projects in Dammam, Yanbu, Riyadh and Al Jubail. Among them are Al Suhool Strip Mall, Al Rehab Strip Mall, Green Oasis Residential Buildings and Murooj apartments. Andrew Brosnan, portfolio manager at Alargan Projects, said the projects will lead to the development of many residential and commercial units in the Saudi Arabian market.

STRIKING NEW ADDITION FOR CHICAGO SKYLINE

Phase two of Optima Chicago Center, a 54-story mixed-use structure designed by David Hovey and developed by DeBartolo, topped out earlier this year, bringing a bold new addition to the Chicago skyline, SkyRise Cities reports. It will house hundreds of residents in a glassy, green building with a bright-red, landscaped podium and joins phase one, a completed blue-and-black tower next door. Optima Chicago Center is in the heart of downtown, close to the Magnificent Mile, and joins “a host of new highrises” in the city.

NEW KUALA LUMPUR LANDMARK IN THE WORKS

A quartet of mixed-use skyscrapers ranging from 62-92 stories is planned on the 15-acre site known as Plaza Rakyat in Kuala Lumpur, The Edge reports. The development team consists of Profit Consortium, Pavillion Treasures Land and Development and Gabungan Tiasa, all of Malaysia. Slated for completion in 2022, the development is set to include a new 1.35-million-sq.-ft. central business district, a 200,000-sq.-ft. upscale hotel, a 150,000-sq.ft. budget hotel and more than 3,800 serviced apartments. Pavillion Treasures’ parent company Debao Property Development stated the structures “will become the next most significant landmark in Kuala Lumpur after the Petronas Twin Towers.”

April 26, 2017

THYSSENKRUPP BRINGS HOLOLENS TO HOME MOBILITY

thyssenkrupp is now using mixed-reality device Microsoft HoloLens to enhance the experience of home-mobility customers in Germany, the Netherlands and Spain. HoloLens makes it possible to visualize, configure and price a stairlift in real time, resulting in delivery times being reduced by up to 4 times. This promises to be particularly useful as demand for such solutions rises, according to thyssenkrupp, which notes urban populations are growing rapidly, and improved health care is allowing people to live longer. With HoloLens, “customers can easily see on a tablet what the chair will look like on their staircase,” and choose fabrics and fixtures.

KONE INDIA OPENS NEW OFFICE

KONE has opened a larger office at Nagpur in India. Inaugurated by Amit Gossain, managing director, KONE India, the investment is intended to enhance the service level to existing customers and prepare the company for approaching growth. “Maharashtra is a very important market for us, and this inauguration is in accordance with our strategy to boost our customer reach deeper and ensure a stronger customer connect in western India,” Gossain commented.

EW 2017 PHOTO CONTEST DEADLINE EXTENDED

Entries for the 2017 ELEVATOR WORLD Photo Contest will now be accepted through May 12. Both companies and amateur photo enthusiasts are invited to participate. EW judges will first choose up to 20 finalists from each category. Those finalists will then be presented online during May, when readers will vote to decide the best of the best. Winners of each category will receive US$250 cash or the equivalent in Elevator World, Inc. educational products or advertising. Winners and runners-up from each category will be featured in the August issue of EW, highlighted online and sent a custom certificate. More information is available here, and the entry form is available here.

April 25, 2017

ATLANTA BRAVES BALLPARK OUTFITTED WITH OTIS EQUIPMENT

SunTrust Park in Atlanta, the new home of Major League Baseball team the Atlanta Braves, has been outfitted with United Technologies Corp. (UTC) equipment that includes 26 Otis units: 14 Gen2® elevators, one service and one freight elevator, and 10 NCE “green” escalators. Part of a package that includes climate control, security and fire protection, the Gen2 elevators use flat belts instead of ropes, which provide “a more comfortable ride, greater reliability, more efficient operation and increased energy efficiency” compared with roped elevators. Describing SunTrust Park as one of the most technologically advanced ballparks in the U.S., UTC states its equipment will make baseball fans “safer, more secure and comfortable.”

WORKER HOSPITALIZED AFTER ELEVATOR SHAFT FALL IN SIMI VALLEY

An approximately 30-year-old male construction worker was hospitalized with critical injuries as a result of falling two stories down an elevator shaft in Simi Valley, California, on April 20, the Ventura County Star reports. Authorities are investigating the incident, which occurred at approximately 1:30 p.m. at an under-construction, four-story building in the 4800 block of East Cochran Street.

BEIRUT TERRACES WITH OTIS ELEVATORS NOW COMPLETE

Beirut Terraces, a striking mixed-use building designed by Herzog & de Meuron that stands 119 m tall in the heart of Beirut, Lebanon, is now complete, World Architecture Community reports. Otis provided the vertical transportation for the white structure, distinguished by its stratified layers, expansive landscaped terraces and individualized apartments, some of which are two stories in height. The building is also user and environmentally friendly, with elevators serving no more than two apartments at a time, and two lobbies sharing features such as service elevators and fire escapes.

April 24, 2017

OTIS CHINA WINS MAJOR AIRPORT ORDER

Otis Elevator (China) Co. has been selected to supply 279 escalators and moving walks to what will be the world’s largest satellite airport terminal being built at Shanghai Pudong International Airport, the main international airport for Shanghai. Once complete in 2019, it will increase the airport’s annual handling capacity by 20 million, to 80 million passengers. The expansion covers 622,000 m2 and consists of two linked halls. Otis China President Perry Zheng described the company as an industry leader in the infrastructure segment in China, with equipment in many airports and public-transit systems.

THYSSENKRUPP RECEIVES TOP HONOR FOR MULTI

thyssenkrupp received the top Gold honor in the Transportation & Logistics category for MULTI at the 2017 Edison Awards in New York City. The awards recognize excellence in new product and service development, design, marketing and innovation each year. Utilizing linear-motor technology, thyssenkrupp describes MULTI as “one of the most significant innovations in urban mobility that breaks the tradition of rope-driven elevators, opening the door to design possibilities in all directions.” Award nominees were judged by a panel of more than 3,000 experts, and winners included notable breakthroughs such as edible six-pack rings (for consumption by animals).

KONE INKS DEAL WITH SRI LANKAN DISTRIBUTOR

KONE has entered into a distribution agreement with Scan Engineering (Pvt.) Ltd., based in Colombo, Sri Lanka, to provide elevators, escalators, maintenance and modernization services throughout Sri Lanka. Amit Gossain, managing director of KONE Elevator India, said growth of Sri Lanka’s tourism industry makes him optimistic, as it will call for better infrastructure and spur the construction industry. Scan has been in business for approximately 10 years, and many of its technicians were trained in places like China, Malaysia and South Korea. Gossain said KONE “sees good potential for our brand in this market, as customers like to have a premium brand such as KONE.”

April 21, 2017

HYUNDAI REPORTS MORE PROJECTS AROUND THE GLOBE

Following the release of details on the Saudi Arabian government’s large order for units in Security Forces Medical City, Hyundai Elevator has announced details of other large orders it has won since December 2016. Two are in Turkey: Erzurum Healthcare Complex, a medical complex in Erzurum owned by HEKTAS, for 50 elevators and six escalators, and Inanlar Terrace Lotus, an office/shopping-center tower in Istanbul owned by INANLAR, for eight elevators and four escalators. 219 Trung Kinh is an apartment/office tower in Hanoi, Vietnam, owned by Bac Ha, for which Hyundai will install 17 elevators. It will put 12 elevators in Surabaya, Indonesia’s VOZA Premium Office Tower; 15 gearless elevators in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia’s RD-477; and four elevators and 22 escalators in Bacolod, Philippines’ Bacolod Capitol Central Mall.

MAN INJURED IN MALL ESCALATOR MISHAP IN CHINA

A man injured his buttocks as a result of falling on a mall escalator in Fuyang, China, on April 9, The Star reports. The man’s backside apparently became caught between a downward-moving step and floor panel. It took responders a “considerable amount of effort” to free him, after which he was hospitalized with what are being described as serious injuries.

EW FOCUSES ON ROBOTS, MANUFACTURING EQUIPMENT

ELEVATOR WORLD’s July issue will focus on Robots and Manufacturing Equipment. Planned event coverage includes the National Association of Elevator Contractors Educational Conference and the International Association of Elevator Consultants Annual Forum. The deadline for submissions in this new topic is May 15. To participate or for more information, contact the EW Editorial Department at phone: (251) 479-4514, ext. 30 or editorial@elevatorworld.com. To advertise, contact ext. 38 or advertising@elevatorworld.com.

April 20, 2017

DRAKA, DATAHOIST PARTNER TO BRING IoT FOR MAINTENANCE

Draka Elevator Products, a business unit of the Prysmian Group, and Datahoist of Austin, Texas, have announced a partnership to bring cloud-based Internet of Things (IoT) services and advanced analytics to the global market. Edge computing devices and sensors will be used to connect elevators to the Microsoft Azure cloud services developed by Datahoist. Utilizing Datahoist’s analytic algorithms, Draka’s customers can access their elevator’s performance data to provide remote monitoring, prioritize maintenance and reduce equipment downtime, irrespective of manufacturer or supplier.

MIAMI’S PANORAMA TOPS OUT

The 85-story, 868-ft.-tall Panorama Tower in Miami topped out in April, Daily Business Review reported. Not only does it stand over the Brickell Financial District at 1101 Brickell Avenue, it is reportedly on its way to being the tallest residential building south of Manhattan. It includes 821 luxury apartments, 100,000 sq. ft. of office space, more than 50,000 sq. ft. of retail and a 208-room Hyatt Centric hotel. Its cost was US$800 million, and it will include a slew of amenities. It is slated for delivery at the end of the year.

HOUSTON TO GET 35-STORY GREEN TOWER

Commercial Property Executive reported that Skanska will develop and build a US$151-million, 35-story office tower in downtown Houston. Anchored by Bank of America, the property will have approximately 780,000 sq. ft. of office space, nearly 26,000 sq. ft. of retail space and an 11-level parking garage. The office tower is to use 25% less energy than typical facilities and be the first project in Houston to reach Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design v4 Platinum precertification from the U.S. Green Building Council. Construction is scheduled to begin this month and is to be complete in the second quarter of 2019.