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Features: Urban Mobility in Istanbul; Sky Ring Inclined Elevators; A Modern Approach; Making It Small
Focus on Maintenance: Cut Back the Callbacks; Escalator Fractal Behavior, Part Four; Going Remote; Hoist Rope Longevity; How Elevators Should Be Maintained; Preventive Maintenance; Vertical Sliding Door Maintenance; Technological Influence Over Stainable Maintenance
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ELEVATOR WORLD’s April issue will focus on Cabs and Cab Accessories. There will also be a Special Advertising Section on COVID-19 products and a Continuing Education article. Bonus distribution of the issue is planned for the International Association of Elevator Consultants Forum NYC and the International Sourcing Exposition for Elevators and Escalators in India. The deadline for editorial submissions is February 15. To participate or for more information, contact the EW editorial department at phone: 251-479-4514, ext. 30 or To advertise, contact ext. 38 or
Hitachi Elevator (China) Co., Ltd. is providing 201 elevators and escalators to 14 stations along Shanghai Metro Line 15, which opened for trial operations in January. Starting at Gucun Park to the north and ending at Zizhu High-Tech Industrial Park to the south, the 42-km underground line is the longest (in kilometers) to open in China all at once. Hitachi's EX-BPG escalators, which the company states provides better braking than standard industry models, were used. This model is equipped with more than 30 safety devices. Hitachi has provided products and services to rail transit projects in 24 cities in China. It is also providing maintenance for Line 15 and "plans to deploy the latest technologies, including AI, cloud computing and Internet of Things."
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IGV Group of Vignate, Italy, recently appointed Sabrina Colla as its new export area manager and ad hoc project manager (PM). Colla will support IGV’s expansion in the U.K., France, Eastern Europe and Russia and ad hoc project development. The latter represents "a new product range designed by renowned architects, where the lift becomes an extremely customizable design object," the company explained. Colla has triple nationality and speaks six languages. After graduating in Economy and International Affairs Management, she started her career in Russia's oil and gas sector. Her career then moved to Italy's elevator industry. Here, she has worked for Sercom Lift Group, Vipal and Omnia Lift, most recently as KONE Global and Switzerland accounts manager. She also served as IGV's export area manager and supported its strategic marketing in 2017-2019.
Otis Brazil has signed a maintenance contract with Gazit Group for 88 units across six properties, adding 51 units to Otis’ service portfolio and renewing a contract for an additional 37 units, including elevators, escalators, moving walks and platform lifts. With what Otis describes as focus on technology and safety, the company’s work at Shopping Light, a mall in São Paulo housed in a historic building, led to this contract. When it opened in 1929 as the headquarters of the first power distribution company in Brazil, the structure was one of the first in the country with Otis elevators. “After more than 90 years of caring for those six elevators and their countless passengers, we’re proud to have modernized three of them just last year,” stated Fernando Peiter, Otis Latin America sales and marketing director.
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By 2022, Central Railway (CR) aims to have 166 escalators and 95 lifts serving stations throughout the suburban Mumbai rail network, doubling the number in place now, various news outlets, including The Times of India, report. The source says there are 76 escalators across all CR Mumbai area stations now, with a goal to increase that to 86 by March. The number of elevators was not provided, but CR aims to have 45 in place by March. Stations along the Harbour line and CR main line between Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus and Karjat/Kasara are proposed to get escalators. Helping ensure smooth passenger flow between foot overbridges and stations, escalators have been emphasized since the Elphinstone Road stampede in which 23 people died (ELENET 702).
Developed by RXR Realty and TF Cornerstone, Project Commodore at 175 Park Avenue in NYC’s Midtown East (ELENET 866) includes a 1,646-ft-tall, 83-story tower that would become the tallest in the Western Hemisphere by roof height, New York YIMBY reports. Renderings by architect Skidmore, Owings & Merrill reveal a façade featuring "an elegant lattice of tubular metal columns that symmetrically converge at the base" and angled setbacks rising to a lattice crown. Planned on the site of the 26-story Grand Hyatt New York, the structure would contain 500 Hyatt hotel rooms on the upper floors, 2.1 million ft2 of office space and 10,000 ft2 of ground- and cellar-level retail. The project also includes major renovations to the underground Grand Central subway station and aboveground public improvements such as a 22,000-ft2 outdoor area, cafés, art installations and a pair of Americans With Disabilities Act-compliant elevators connecting street and subway. Demolition of the Grand Hyatt is expected to commence in 2022, with completion of Project Commodore anticipated in 2030.
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The Squamish Nation is working on the Senáḵw development along False Creek in Vancouver, Canada, which includes a dozen 18-56-story buildings, along with publicly accessible outdoor space and underground stores, restaurants and a bicycle garage reached via ramps, the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat reports. Squamish Councilor Khelsilem is leading the project with developer Westbank, which aims to break ground this year. Designed by Venelin Koklov of Revery Architecture, the energy-efficient plan features towers encased in screens decorated with Squamish symbols such as the fish. The 4-million-ft2 plan will be able to house approximately 9,000 people, and numerous links to public transit are included.
Delhi Metro Rail Corp. (DMRC) recently commissioned 10 additional escalators at nine stations, The Financial Express reports. Including two new escalators at Kashmere Gate metro station, the multilayered triple interchange station (the only one in the metro) now has 47 units, a record for a station in the country. According to DMRC, the new ones "are easy to maintain and have been updated with the latest software, providing more ease to passengers, especially during peak hours." Other Delhi Metro stations to have new escalators commissioned (one each) were: Uttam Nagar (East), Rajouri Graden, Nawada, Shadipur, Subhash Nagar, Yamuna Bank, R.K. Ashram Marg and Rithala. DMRC also plans to have 22 more escalators at major stations across its network operational by August and a further 32 by March 2022.
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Construction on the 86-m-tall 35 Lower Long building in the Roggebaai financial and hospitality district in Cape Town, South Africa, recently completed, bringing distinctive new personality to the city skyline, BUSINESSTECH reports. Developed by Abland Property Developers and designed by dhk Architects, the glassy office building features cutaways on its two main corners that "soar upwards, forming a winglike effect." Architonic observes one of the main challenges was balancing multitenant space and space for core components like elevators and stairs. The cutaways, or chamfers, helped achieve that. "At street level, a double-volume entrance connects to shuttle lifts connecting all parking levels and the ground floor to a spectacular arrival experience within the 10th-floor sky lobby, Architonic says. “Thereafter, individuals are transported via a double-volume area and terrace to the office lifts that connect to all the floors above."
OSHA recently revamped and has continually updated its COVID-19 webpage over the past few months. New resources include “Protecting Workers: Guidance on Mitigating and Preventing the Spread of COVID-19 in the Workplace,” guidance on common COVID-19 citations, alerts on ventilation in the workplace and short video public service announcements on preventing COVID-19 transmission in the workplace for employers (English and Spanish) and workers (English and Spanish). A new poster on Keeping Workers Safe at COVID-19 Vaccination Sites, is available, along with a Polish version.
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Philadelphia YIMBY reports that excavation at the site for the two-tower East Market Phase 3 project at 1101 and 1153 Chestnut Street in Market East, Center City, Philadelphia, has wrapped. The site, which the source calls "massive," now also features foundations for the two-tower project, slated to hold more than 712,000 ft2. The towers were individually designed by different architects: the 372-ft-tall Thomas Jefferson Specialty Care Pavilion office building was designed by Ennead Architects and Stantec; the 329-ft-tall, 396-unit residential building west of it was designed by Morris Adjmi Architects. Developer National Real Estate Group has scheduled completion for June 2023.
Foundation work is underway at 595 and 615 Dean Street in Brooklyn, NYC (ELENET 814), to make way for a pair of residential towers designed by Handel Architects and developed by TF Cornerstone that will stand roughly 27 and 22 stories, New York YIMBY reports. Part of the Pacific Park complex in Prospect Heights, the development is slated to open in 2023 and will include 800 residences, 72,600 ft2 of public space, ground-level retail, 455 underground parking spots and a Chelsea Piers Field House sports complex, the first in Brooklyn. Excavation is expected to be complete in the spring for the structures, which will have podiums clad in brick masonry, dark gray metal panels and floor-to-ceiling glass windows. The project is aiming for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Silver certification.
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India’s Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corp. (GHMC) has approved Sumadhura Group's plan to build a pair of 44-story towers that would be the city's tallest next to the Waverock special economic zone, The Times of India reports. GHMC officials said Sumadhura fulfilled requirements the development not create traffic congestion. Surpassing Hyderabad's current tallest, 42-story building, the 153-m-tall structures would contain 846 flats. According to GHMC, Sumadhura's plan is "only the tip of the iceberg," with two applications by other builders for 55-story towers on plots of land near the information-technology corridor put on hold by the Hyderabad Metropolitan Development Authority, pending further traffic studies.
In light of concerns about COVID-19, developers of apartment buildings in the Minneapolis Twin Cities area are incorporating features including elevator air-purification systems into their projects, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports. Joining features such as wider hallways, larger common areas and high-tech air-purification systems are elevator air-purification systems that kill bacteria and viruses. At the five-story Quentin, under construction in the Minneapolis suburb St. Louis Park, developer Patrick Crowe is incorporating such a system, as well as enlarging cabins to allow for social distancing and adding stainless-steel components that are easier to clean. Such moves can add as much as 10% to product costs, but developers like Crowe believe they will make their projects stand out in a highly competitive residential rental market.
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The Monroe County Board of Commissioners in Bloomington, Indiana, unanimously approved US$21,000 to install the Otis Cab Air Purifier bipolar ionization system in elevators serving five government buildings, the Hoosier Times reports. Board President Julie Thomas was initially skeptical of such technology but came to support it after learning how it works. Costing approximately US$3,500 each, six air purifiers are set to be installed at the Monroe County Courthouse, Showers Building, Curry Building, parking garage and the Charlotte Zietlow Justice Center, which will be given priority and get two purifiers.
Smartrise Engineering Inc. of Irving, Texas, recently announced its C4 controllers are going into elevator projects in Chicago; Little Rock, Arkansas; and Nashville, Tennessee. In Chicago, they are part of the modernization of a geared overhead system at the Gogo Building at 111 North Canal Street, an office building housing employees of Twitter, Uber and more. In Little Rock, the controllers were incorporated into the elevators at 2 Capitol Mall, a six-story building that houses the state Division of Workforce Services, and in Nashville, the controllers are part of an upgrade of the elevator system at the 16-story Trevecca Towers, which houses disabled seniors.
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Chicago YIMBY reports that a recently completed federal review has paved the way for construction to begin on the Obama Presidential Center in Chicago’s Jackson Park this year. The center will feature multiple buildings. One will be a museum rising 235 ft in a stone-sheathed tower with a form inspired by four hands coming together. At its top will be a “Sky Room,” offering views of Lake Michigan, downtown and the rest of the South Side. Additionally, a “Forum” building will house open spaces and an auditorium, a broadcast and recording studio, flexible learning and meeting spaces, and a restaurant. Finally, a new branch of the Chicago Public Library with interactive digital media and other amenities, will be built. Preconstruction utility relocation is to start in April, with preliminary roadwork and site preparation to begin as early as August. The entire campus, planned by The Obama Foundation, is expected to take four years to build.
Gulf News reported that Israeli artist Zygo is leading a team to create Clothespin Tower in Dubai. Dubbed "The Clothespin Co.," its goal is to turn the artist's artwork into a 40-story twin tower that is both functional and experiential. One side will serve as a 1,200-room luxury hotel, and the other will have 300 luxury apartments. The tower will also have 10,000 m2 of commercial space with shopping, art galleries and restaurants. The mezzanine is envisioned as a lounge, gym and spa. Zygo said his team is still exploring local partners to develop the tower, for which construction is planned for 2023.
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New renderings show the stylish interiors of the 38 condominiums at the 481-ft-tall, 30-story The Leyton at 1059 Third Avenue on NYC’s Upper East Side, New York YIMBY reports. With occupancy slated to start this summer, The Leyton was developed by Real Estate Inverlad and Third Palm Capital, with a design by Manuel Glas Architects. Frampton Co. designed the residential interiors, and Champalimaud designed the interiors of the two amenities levels. The structure's exterior features gray panels with an irregular pattern of black speckling and multiple cantilevering setbacks on the eastern backside. Along with a fitness center, a spa and a lounge, residents will enjoy views that include Central Park, the East River and the Manhattan skyline.
Leonard Winslow, former owner of Vertical Transportation Services Elevator Co. of Seattle, passed away on November 10, 2020. After enlisting and serving in the U.S. Navy, he moved to Seattle, where he enjoyed a successful career in the elevator industry. In 1979, he helped form Vertical Transportation Elevator Co., which he owned and operated until 1995, when he sold it to Otis. He spent the next four years with Otis/North American Elevator Services, where he was instrumental in the acquisitions of many elevator companies up and down the West Coast. He retired in 1999 to enjoy time with his many friends, family, traveling and golfing. He is survived by his wife, Patty; six combined children; 14 grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.
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A man was taken to the hospital but not “too badly hurt” after the car he was in fell down a freight elevator hoistway in the warehouse of a Vancouver dealership on February 9, News 1130 reports. “Somehow, the car had come off the elevator platform and became lodged partway down the elevator shaft with an occupant in it,” Vancouver Fire Capt. Jonathan Gormick said. The man, an employee at the dealership, was rescued by a technical rescue team that worked at height above the open hoistway with the car stuck in a precarious position. WorkSafeBC, the Workers' Compensation Board of British Columbia, plans to investigate how the car fell down the hoistway.
A High Court judge in Africa has ordered Indian firm White Lotus Projects Ltd. to pay the equivalent of nearly US$1.8 million owed to Peri Formwork Scaffolding for breach of contract for building what would have been Africa’s tallest building, Pinnacle Tower, in Nairobi, Kenya (ELENET 720 and 661), reports. Originally scheduled for completion in 2019, the 300-m-tall skyscraper has been hobbled by delays and court cases. Its foundation has been dug, but complaints emerged about potential environmental hazards to the surrounding area that were, apparently, never resolved. White Lotus settled more than US$500,000 of the original US$2.18-million contract with Peri and did not challenge the High Court’s latest order to pay.
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