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SCHINDLER TO PROVIDE 74 ESCALATORS FOR RIYADH AIRPORT
Schindler has won a contract to supply 74 escalators for a modernization project at Terminals 1, 2 and the Royal Terminal of King Khalid International Airport in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, Trade Arabia reported on October 27. Schindler signed the deal with the Riyadh Airports Co. to provide a heavy-usage system that could handle the airport's 28 million-plus passengers per year. The OEM will install 74 of its 9300 models in a project scheduled for completion in 2022. Within the past 10 years, Schindler has expanded its footprint in the country by acquiring Saudi Elevator and partnering with the Olayan Group, a large, diversified conglomerate heavily involved in the construction sector.
OEM’S ELEVATOR, ESCALATOR DIVISION MARKS 35 YEARS
Mitsubishi Electric U.S., Inc.’s Elevator and Escalator Division, headquartered in Cypress, California, is celebrating its 35th anniversary in 2020. In marking the milestone, the OEM reflected on some of its accomplishments, including being the first to manufacture and install a spiral escalator in 1988. There are now 18 Mitsubishi Electric spiral escalators throughout the U.S. Mitsubishi Electric observes its units average fewer than one callback per year. In addition to California, the division has offices in Nevada; Washington; Washington, D.C.; Hawaii; Texas; Illinois; Massachusetts and Florida.
EUROPEAN LIFT SME CONGRESS ANNOUNCED
European lift small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) are invited to the European Lift SME Congress, taking place virtually on November 18 and 19, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. CET. The event will feature simultaneous interpreting and talk about the present and future of SMEs in the European framework, while finding nodes of collaboration to boost the sector, organizers said. Topics all relate to the role of lift SMEs within the European Union framework: innovation and development, the international role and its importance in the local economy, and analyses of threats and opportunities. Availability is limited; those wishing to attend should register. Those wishing to sponsor should email organizer European Lift SME Congress.
REVISED PLAN FOR CHICAGO RESIDENTIAL HIGH RISE PRESENTED
Developer Newcastle Ltd. has presented a revised plan for a residential tower on the Near North Side of Chicago that reduces density and height from what it proposed in 2019, Chicago YIMBY reports. Set to rise at 1130 North State Street, the tower would stand 29 stories (versus an originally proposed 39) and include nearly 300 units, ground-level retail and parking for 98 vehicles in an enclosed garage. Also on the drawing board are plans for an adjacent retail building and a sidewalk café. Designed by Solomon Cordwell Buenz, the tower would take approximately two years to build once it's approved.
LAS VEGAS ATARI HOTEL PART OF HOTELIER’S NATIONWIDE PLAN
News outlets, including The Architect’s Newspaper and New Atlas, recently reported on hotelier GSD Group’s plan to bring a chain of Atari video-game-themed hotels to locations across the U.S., with the first set to take shape in Las Vegas. Expected to stand roughly 30 stories and open in 2022, the Las Vegas Atari Hotel was designed by Gensler to resemble the classic Atari logo with glittering LEDs that change color. Boasting 400 rooms, restaurants, bars, retro arcades and art galleries, the structure will be “split into separate hemispheres of slightly different height,” The Architect’s Newspaper observes. Additional locations are planned in Austin, Texas; Chicago; Denver; Phoenix; San Francisco; San Jose, California; and Seattle.