News

March 27, 2017

DUBAI OFFICIALS ISSUE ESCALATOR SAFETY NOTICE

Hussain Nasser Lootah, director general of Dubai Municipality, issued a notice urging owners of buildings, shopping centers and markets to take sufficient measures to help prevent passenger injury, especially of children, The Gulf Today reports. Suggestions included covering the upper and lower conveyor belt areas to prevent children from climbing on the units or getting their clothes stuck. The notice pointed out all elevators, escalators and moving walks must have current certificates of examination and be in compliance with safety requirements of the Emirates International Accreditation Centre. It was also urged that violations be reported.

SPIRALING GREENERY FOR FIRST SKYSCRAPER IN TOULOUSE

What will be the first skyscraper in Toulouse, France, will have a silver façade with a wide swath of foliage spiraling from top to bottom, designboom reports. One of a pair of Daniel Libeskind-designed structures planned in France by Compagnie de Phalsbourg, the competition-winning Toulouse project will stand 150 m or approximately 40 stories with 11,000 m2 of office space, a hotel, more than 100 apartments, retail and a restaurant. Located in the heart of the business district and designed in conjunction with Francois Cardete, what is being called Occitanie will have offices for railway company SNCF on the ground floor. Completion is anticipated in 2022.

L.A. ENVISIONS DRAMATIC CIVIC CENTER REVAMP

The Los Angeles City Council approved a Civic Center redevelopment plan that entails replacing the 1950s-era, Welton Becket-designed midrise headquarters of the L.A. Police Department with a 27-story, 450-ft. tall office building for city employees, Urbanize L.A. reports. Construction of this phase of the project is expected to take place between 2018 and 2020, and key elements of the Becket design, such as a mural and sculpture, will be preserved. More than 5,500 city employees working out of leased spaced will be consolidated within the tower’s 1.2 million sq. ft. The entire plan involves new and reconfigured infrastructure, and will take place over 15 years.

MIXED-USE TOWER RISING IN NYC’S FINANCIAL DISTRICT

Construction on a 23-story tower that will contain 31 condominiums, ground-level retail and offices on the second through fourth floors has reached the ground floor at 1 Beekman Street on the corner of Park Row in the Financial District of New York City (NYC), New York YIMBY reports. Urban Muse is the developer and Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners is the design architect with SLCE as the executive architect. Completion is expected in early 2018.

March 24, 2017

LAS VEGAS PROJECT WITH PEDESTRIAN ESCALATORS TO START

Construction of a new north pedestrian bridge between the MGM Grand and New York New York resorts on the Las Vegas Strip that includes escalators is scheduled to start on April 3, ABC 13 Action News reports. Part of the Tropicana Escalator Project at the intersection of Tropicana Avenue and Las Vegas Boulevard that includes 16 escalators, upgrades to elevator machine rooms and new pedestrian bridges, the work requires bridges to be partially or completely shut down through at least September. Otis is providing the units for the overall US$30-million project.

WMATA ESCALATOR REPLACEMENT IS A WRAP

A US$8-million project to replace five escalators that had been in service for more than 30 years at the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority’s (WMATA) Bethesda station is a wrap, Bethesda Patch reports, enhancing efficiency and safety for the nearly 11,000 passengers who use the station each weekday. KONE embarked on the project in October 2014, replacing the units one at a time and often working at night. The job included a trio of long escalators that descend approximately 10 stories from the street to the station’s mezzanine.

GUIDE TO ELEVATOR PHONES AVAILABLE

Kings III Emergency Communications offers a guide to “Understanding Elevator Emergency Communication Code Compliance,” which is available as a free download following a short questionnaire. The 16-page document covers which American Society of Mechanical Engineers codes you should know, how to properly share phone lines, and a checklist of what to do to test an emergency phone.

U.S. HOTELS COMING TO DUBAI BEACHFRONT

Dubai-based Wasl Hospitality, part of Wasl Asset Management Group, is joining with Las Vegas-based MGM Resort International to bring MGM and Bellagio hotels to Dubai for the first time, Hotelier Middle East reports. Scheduled to open in 2021, the beachfront development will take shape on 26 acres, the longest stretch of waterfront ever developed in Dubai, near the Burj Al Arab. It will include 1,000 hotel rooms, 10 villas and a diving club. Construction, including site preparation, is expected to take close to four years.

March 23, 2017

KONE PROVIDING SOLUTIONS FOR JAKARTA’S INDONESIA1

KONE has been selected to provide 76 elevators and escalators to Indonesia1, a pair of 58-story, 278-m-tall mixed-used towers taking shape in Jakarta, Indonesia. Developed by China Sonangol Media Investment and scheduled for completion in 2019, the development will contain offices, serviced apartments and commercial space within 2.2 million sq. ft. Among the tallest buildings in Indonesia, Indonesia1 will have 44 MiniSpace® and 14 MonoSpace® elevators and 18 TravelMaster 110 escalators, along with the Polaris destination-control system. All equipment will be connected to the E-LinkTM remote-monitoring system.

 LOTTE WORLD TOWER PRIMED FOR OPENING

Lotte World Tower, South Korea’s tallest building, has been unveiled ahead of its grand opening to the public on April 3, The Korea Herald recently reported. Standing 555 m (123 floors) in Seoul, it has been under construction since 2010. It is part of the larger Lotte World project, including an existing amusement park and mall. According to the report, its “Seoul Sky” is the third-highest observation deck in the world, holding three Guinness World Records: highest glass-floor observation deck, fastest double-deck elevator and longest distance traveled via double-deck elevator. The two “Sky Shuttle” elevators run at 600 mpm with a joint capacity of just over 100 people.

37-STORY RENAISSANCE HOTEL RISING IN NYC’S CHELSEA

A 37-story, 432-ft.-tall Marriott Renaissance hotel designed by Financial District architect Nobutaka Ashihara has reached two stories above ground at 112 West 25th Street in the Chelsea neighborhood of New York City (NYC), New York YIMBY reports. Encompassing 181,998 sq. ft., the building is set to have 330 hotel rooms with restaurants on the ground and 36th floors. Lam Group is the developer, and completion is anticipated in 2018.

DEVELOPER PLANS MELBOURNE TOWER, HISTORIC REVAMP

Developer RJ International hopes to build a 39-story, 145-m-tall apartment/hotel tower in Melbourne, Australia, that would include the refurbishment of the historic Tea House on Clarendon Street, Urban Melbourne reports. Australian architect CLWA designed a glassy, elliptical structure that would include approximately 310 hotel rooms, 40 apartments and hidden parking. The site adjoins the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, and the project includes restoration of the original façade of the Tea House, built in 1887 and on the Victorian Heritage Register.

March 22, 2017

RENOLD TO PROVIDE ESCALATOR DRIVES TO LONDON TUBE STATION

Renold Plc, headquartered in Manchester, U.K., has been awarded a contract to supply seven bespoke escalator drive packages to the London Tube’s busy Holborn station. Each package includes a heavy-duty TW Series worm-gear unit, motor, brake and baseplate. Gearboxes will boast Renold’s new leak-free design, which Renold states is “an important factor at underground stations for improved safety, reliability, reduced maintenance and a cleaner operating environment.” The drive packages will be assembled at the Renold factory, undergo testing, be disassembled, then be delivered and reassembled onsite. The 14th busiest station in the London Underground, Holborn processes more than 60,000 passengers each weekday, or more than 40 million a year.

AUTHORITIES INVESTIGATING JAKARTA ELEVATOR PLUNGE

Authorities continue to investigate a March 17 incident in which an overloaded elevator plunged from the third floor to the basement of a shopping mall in south Jakarta, Indonesia, resulting in 25 people being hospitalized, Netral News reports. While it is clear the unit was overloaded, it is unclear why it continued to descend despite a warning sound being issued and its doors not closing properly. As of March 19, 15 people remained hospitalized, primarily with broken bones.

MITSUBISHI ELECTRIC OPENS DALLAS-AREA BRANCH

Mitsubishi Electric Elevator & Escalator opened an office at 631 South Royal Lane in Coppell, Texas, to serve the growing Dallas-Fort Worth area. Noting a Dodge Data & Analytics report shows North Texas construction hit record numbers in 2016 with almost US$21 billion in new construction starts, Mitsubishi Electric said the office will be its ninth nationwide. It will initially have approximately 15 employees, but that is expected to increase to at least 50 in the next several years.

FIREFIGHTERS FREE CHILD’S HAND FROM ESCALATOR IN CHINA

Firefighters worked for approximately 20 min. to free a six-year-old boy’s hand from an escalator in Chongqing, China, on March 15, various news outlets, including the Daily Mail, report. The child was hospitalized with a broken wrist. The scene was captured on video and appears to show an outdoor escalator. Firefighters initially used an iron bar to try to pry open a gap. When that failed to work, they brought in a hydraulic spreader to complete the rescue.

March 21, 2017

RIDDER STEPS INTO NEW POSITION WITH THYSSENKRUPP

Michael Ridder, head of Media Relations at thyssenkrupp Elevator, is stepping into a new role with the company on April 1, joining thyssenkrupp’s Materials Services team. In this role, he will be the first point of contact for Materials Services, responsible for external and internal communications. Focused on global distribution of materials including carbon steel, stainless steel, nonferrous metals and plastics, Materials Services has 480 sites in 40 countries. Until Ridder’s successor in Media Relations is named, press inquiries may be sent to email.

HITACHI SAFETY CONTROLLER CERTIFIED

Liftinstituut recently certified Hitachi’s PES-02 safety controller according to EN 81-20/50 and IEC 61508, following an eight-step process. The electronic safety controller is a Safety Integrity Level 3 certified electronic safety device intended to be applied as an “add-on system,” independent from the lift control system. It is able to fulfil several safety functions, such as monitoring the normal slowdown of the machine in case of reduced buffer stroke, the ascending car overspeed detection and the detection of unintended car movements with open doors.

GREENWICH MOMENTUM CONTINUES IN EAST LONDON

Tall-building momentum in East London’s Greenwich Peninsula that includes plans for a Santiago Calatrava-designed trio of towers is continuing in the form of a quartet of residential towers ranging from five to 28 stories approved by the Royal Borough of Greenwich, World Architecture News reports. All seven are being developed by Knight Dragon, with design of the latest four by Alison Brooks Architects. Consisting of 28- and 17-story towers on the southwest portion of the site and 12- and five-story towers on the northeast, the development is set to include approximately 400 residences.

WILSHIRE PROJECT WITH LOTS OF PODIUM IN L.A.

A mixed-use development originally planned at 31 stories at 2900 Wilshire Boulevard in Los Angeles’ Koreatown is now set to be 23 stories with plenty of podium, The Architect’s Newspaper reports. Designed by L.A.’s Large Architecture and developed by Jamison Services, the L-shaped structure will have a paneled, variegated façade and contain approximately 640 residences, 10,000 sq. ft. of commercial space, 5,500 sq. ft. of restaurant space and 1,124 parking spots in a six-story podium, despite the fact the structure will be close to a new metro station. Construction is expected to take 32 months from the time of groundbreaking, which has not yet been set.

March 20, 2017

STANLASKE APPOINTED CHIEF ELEVATOR INSPECTOR

Dotty Stanlaske has been appointed chief elevator inspector for the State of Washington, effective March 1, after serving as acting chief since January. Prior to that, she worked as a plan-review technical specialist for the elevator division of the state Department of Labor & Industries since February 2016. She has a long career in the industry, serving as executive director of NAESA International from 2002-2015. Stanlaske is also no stranger to the chief elevator inspector role, having previously filled the State of Washington post from 2002-2004.

EN 81-20/50 Q&A NOW AVAILABLE

Liftinstituut has reported the transitional period that allowed companies to apply both the EN 81-20/50 and 81-1+A3 standards ends on August 31. It notes the growth in usage of EN 81-20/50 has led to questions of interpretation and interpretation requests. As it was considered impossible to update the standard accordingly on short notice, yet useful to have interpretations available, CEN TC10 Working Group 1 formulated answers and collected them in a question-and-answer (Q&A) document on the AFNOR (French Standardization Association) website. They will later be included in the update of EN 81-20/50. Remaining interpretations will be addressed in the update of EN 81-11.

PFLOW DELIVERS 17,000TH VRC

PFlow Industries, Inc., headquartered in Milwaukee, recently delivered its 17,000th vertical reciprocating conveyor (VRC) worldwide since being founded in 1977, an achievement it describes as “unmatched in the material-handling industry.” Providing custom-engineered, code-compliant, fully automated hydraulic systems that can lift 100 lb. to 100 T, PFlow observes it was not the first material-lift manufacturer, but has grown since its 1977 inception to employ 120.

ECS OPENS CUSTOMER CENTER AT CHICAGO-AREA FACILITY

ECS Corp. has opened a 342-sq.-ft. customer center at its 24,000-sq.-ft. facility at 2741 S. 21st Avenue in Broadview, Illinois, approximately 15 mi. outside of Chicago. The newly renovated space serves as a waiting area for local service technicians, as well as a showcase for ECS elevator and escalator parts, helping “ensure that contractors have easy access to needed parts.” Safety equipment is also on display, and staff is on hand to answer questions. ECS states “visitors can expect to see door-operator equipment and boards, brushes, abrasives, relays, contactors, auxiliaries, batteries, emergency lights and much more.”

March 17, 2017

SCHMERSAL GROUP NAMES SEEGER APME DIRECTOR

The Schmersal Group has named Uwe Seeger director of Asia Pacific Middle East (APME). In this newly created role, he is responsible for expanding customer relationships through establishing new Schmersal subsidiaries and increasing the services of the new safety-services division, tec.nicum. He also takes lead responsibility for Schmersal factories in India and China, working closely with Sagar Bhosale, managing director of Schmersal India Pvt. Ltd. in Ranjangaon/Pune, India, and Felix Liu, managing director of Schmersal Industrial Switchgear Co. Ltd. of Shanghai in an effort to “achieve improved integration of these two production sites and leverage synergies.”

63-STORY TOWER RISING IN NYC’S MIDTOWN EAST

A 63-story, 803-ft.-tall mixed-use tower designed by Pelli Clarke Pelli with SLCE as executive architect has risen to the sixth floor in Midtown East in New York City (NYC), New York YIMBY reports. Located at 138 East 50th Street, the structure is set to contain condominiums and apartments with ground-level retail within approximately 253,220 sq. ft. Ceruzzi Properties is the developer, and completion is anticipated in 2018.

EW FOCUSES ON UNIVERSITIES

ELEVATOR WORLD’s June issue will focus on University Facilities and Projects. It will see bonus distribution at the Elevator U Conference and to an additional 300 university facilities managers, contract administrators and elevator shops. The deadline for submissions is April 17. To participate or for more information, contact the EW Editorial Department at phone: (251) 479-4514, ext. 30 or email: editorial@elevatorworld.com. To advertise, contact ext. 38 or advertising@elevatorworld.com.

GILLAND JOINS KONE DOORS TEAM IN AUSTRALIA

Joe Gilland has joined the KONE Doors team as a maintenance technician, servicing units in Canberra and New South Wales, Australia. Gilland says he is excited to work for KONE, where his grandfather spent a long career. KONE has more than 1,500 employees and 18 offices in Australia and New Zealand.