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ELEVATOR CARRYING DIGNITARIES IN GIANT INDIAN STATUE FAILS
Top government officials, security staff and members of the media got stuck twice in an elevator serving the tallest statue in the world, the 182-m-tall Statue of Unity in Gujarat State, India, on November 13, The Economic Times reports. Noting the elevator also malfunctioned on the October 31 inauguration day, forcing approximately 200 visitors to take the staircase down from a 152-m-tall viewing gallery, the source says the latest incident was due to overloading. In the first November 13 incident, the unit failed to move from the ground floor and security personnel had to force open the doors and ask several passengers to exit. The elevator stopped again for approximately 1 min. before reaching the viewing gallery.
CTBUH ANNOUNCES 10th WORLD CONGRESS
The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) is holding its 10th World Congress in Chicago on October 28-November 2, 2019, at the Radisson Blu at the Aqua Tower in Chicago, plus other venues in the city, which is the council’s home and the birthplace of the skyscraper. Focusing on the theme “50 Forward; 50 Back,” CTBUH will celebrate its 50th anniversary as the event explores the most significant advancements in tall buildings and cities from the last 50 years, while inquiring into the future of cities 50 years from now. It will reflect on both the skyscraper typology and urban development by marking their trajectory to date and considering the evolutions that must take place to accommodate a dynamic and uncertain global future. A call for speakers has been made and is open through January 30, 2019. A detailed synopsis and registration (which is open) are available here.
HYUNDAI ELEVATOR WINS SOUTH KOREAN JUMP-ELEVATOR JOB
Hyundai Elevator won the contract for what it says are South Korea's "first jump-elevators." Seventy-two elevators will be installed at the construction site of Hillstate Songdo the Terrace in Incheon, including 62 units with a travel speed of 210 mpm, along with nine jump-elevators, beginning in January 2019. The luxury high-rise residential and commercial complex is composed of eight 53-story buildings holding a total of 2,784 apartments. The units will lift construction workers and materials throughout the framework construction phase and be converted into a passenger elevator system once the building is built.
HYUNDAI'S TURKISH BRANCH WINS IZMIR HOSPITAL ELEVATOR PROJECT
Hyundai Elevator Turkey has been contracted for a general hospital project from GAMA and TURKELER. The company will install 114 elevators and 20 escalators at the Izmir Bayrakli Entegre Saglik Kampus in Izmir. GAMA is a major Turkish engineering firm, and TURKELER is a large construction company with close ties to the Turkish government. Installation is to be complete in January 2020.
GAL ADDS WEEKEND TECH SUPPORT
GAL, of Bronx, New York, a member of the Vantage family of companies, recently announced free technical support at (877) 425-7778 on Saturdays and Sundays from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Eastern time. Its direct line at (718) 292-9000 can also be used to address a question to specific GAL personnel or departments. At this number, an automated attendant will prompt the caller to enter an extension number to leave a message. For additional information, contact John Zeek, assistant manager of Tech Support, at (718) 292-9000, ext. 495.