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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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EW FOCUSES ON SPECIAL APPLICATION LIFTS
ELEVATOR WORLD’s May issue will focus on Special Application Lifts, including limited-use/limited-access lifts, inclined elevators, platform lifts, stairway chairlifts, private-residence elevators and more. The deadline for editorial submissions is March 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.
 
OTIS PROVIDING HUNDREDS OF UNITS TO CANADA LRT PROJECTS
Otis is providing hundreds of elevators and escalators to light rail transit (LRT) projects in Toronto, Montreal and Ottawa, the OEM announced on February 10. In Toronto, Otis is providing 111 heavy-duty NPETM escalators for the Eglinton Crosstown line, part of the largest transit expansion in the city's history. Slated for completion in December 2022, the project includes 25 stops and connections with bus and subway lines. Otis is also providing five Gen2® elevators and four NPE escalators to Toronto's Line 6 Finch West LRT, an 11-km, 18-stop line. Metrolinx and Infrastructure Ontario awarded the contract to Mosaic Transit Group in May 2018, and construction has been underway since 2019. In Montreal, Otis is installing 79 units across 26 stations for the REM light rail network. This project includes 45 Gen2 elevators, 22 NPE escalators and 12 additional elevators. Construction is expected to be complete in 2023. In Ottawa, Otis is a part of the Ottawa O-Train Line 1, providing 58 elevators, including 46 Gen2 units and 10 hydraulic and gearless elevators, and modernizing two units. Otis was also awarded stage two of the project, which encompasses 69 additional units at 15 stations. Stage two is scheduled for completion in July 2023. Otis will provide an additional 28 Gen2 units to Ottawa's O-Train south extension. That contract was awarded in late 2020 and continues to progress.
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AUSTRALIA’S PITFIELD & ASSOCIATES FOUNDS DIVISION
Industry consultancy Pitfield & Associates Pty. Ltd. of Roseville, Australia, has established a “Technical Response Service” division run by Noel Smith, the company’s director of Australian operations, code specialist and senior consultant. The division is to handle queries about codes, design or item registrations, Disability Discrimination Act and National Construction Code anywhere in Australia. The Lift Engineering Society of Australia Inc. commented in its February newsletter that the division fills an information vacuum created by the shutdown of the Lift Section of WorkCover Authority of New South Wales in 2002, which “was the primary source for people working in the lift industry to obtain rulings, opinions and general information about lifts, escalators and moving walks.” Those seeking to use it are asked to call Sam Strykowski at 61-0408-174-410 or 61-29417-1678, or email him.
 
THYSSENKRUPP’S LATEST 71-UNIT ISTANBUL METRO PROJECT
thyssenkrupp Elevator continued its relationship with the Istanbul Metro with a contract to supply 71 units to the Başakşehir-Kayaşehir line, Railly News reports. The company, which has supplied approximately 70% of the metro's vertical-transportation equipment, is now supplying 23 elevators, 44 escalators and four moving walks. thyssenkrupp Elevator Turkey CEO Artuğ Özeren said the equipment is high-capacity, durable and suitable for 24/7 operation. "With these features, our products will be able to meet the technical and safety requirements of the project specifications, while simultaneously responding to the density of the metro line," Özeren said. The new line will facilitate access to the Başakşehir Pine and Sakura City Hospital.
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KONE LANDS 60-UNIT ORDER FOR CHENGDU MAGIC CUBE
KONE has won an order to provide 60 elevators and escalators to the Chengdu, China, Magic Cube, a more-than-1-million-m2-mixed-use development with cultural amenities and office, hotel and residential space, the OEM announced in February. Developed by Chengdu Merchants Yuankang Real Estate Development Co. Ltd. with Chengdu Jizhun Fangzhong Architectural Design as main architect, Magic Cube is slated for completion by mid-2021. KONE will equip the office towers with 44 MiniSpaceTM and 10 MonoSpace® elevators and six TransitMasterTM 110 escalators. Forty of the elevators will be equipped with the KONE Destination Control System and the E-LinkTM equipment-monitoring system. The contract includes two years of standard maintenance.
 
WILDECK NAMES TROKA VICE PRESIDENT OF MARKETING
Wildeck, Inc., based in Waukesha, Wisconsin, has named Michael Troka vice president of marketing, responsible for planning, developing and executing all marketing initiatives. Troka has a 20-year track record of success in corporate marketing and advertising account management for Fortune 500 companies. Wildeck President Dan Lorenz said Troka's skills will "serve him well as he develops strategies to create demand for our products and enhance the Wildeck brand." Troka earned an MA in Communications/Marketing and a BS in Biology from Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. A subsidiary of Holden Industries, Wildeck is North America's largest manufacturer of structural steel mezzanine platforms, manual and automated vertical lifts, rideable materials lifts and safety guarding products.
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FINAL KPF DESIGN OF 5 WTC IN NYC REVEALED, APPROVED
A design by Kohn Pedersen Fox (KPF) was selected for Five World Trade Center (5 WTC) by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey during a board meeting on February 11, New York YIMBY reports. The 900-ft-tall, 80-story structure at 130 Liberty Street is the latest piece of the redevelopment of the WTC site in NYC’s Financial District. The selection allows Silverstein Properties, Brookfield Properties, Omni New York LLC and Dabar Development Partners to secure a 99-year ground lease for the 1.56-million-ft2 tower. A departure from the sleek minimalist designs of the four other WTC towers, renderings show a floor-to-ceiling curtain wall with rounded corners and a large-scale grid of light-colored mullions. Residential amenities are indicated by a subtle setback at the middle. On the drawing board are 190,000 ft2 of office space, a 12,000-ft2 community area, 55,000 ft2 of public amenities, 7,000 ft2 of retail and 1.2 million ft2 of residential space for 1,325 apartments, 25% of which will be affordable. Construction is set to start in 2023, with completion anticipated in 2028.
 
EHC GLOBAL HANDRAIL CONTRACT FOR BUDAPEST METRO
EHC Global, part of Prysmian Group, has been awarded a three-year contract by Szikametro89 Kft to supply TufFlexTM escalator handrails to the Budapest Metro in Hungary. Established in 1896, Budapest Metro is the oldest underground railway system in continental Europe and the second-oldest in the world after the London Underground. The system consists of four lines, 52 stations and approximately 250 elevating devices. Prysmian Group acquired EHC Global, a manufacturer and supplier of handrails, rollers, safety brushes, elevator belts, strategic components and integrated solutions for the vertical-transportation industry, last month (ELENET 873). Prysmian has a strong presence in Hungary, employing more than 600 at its Budapest head office and cable production facilities in Kistelek and Balassagyarmat.
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LEIA ANNOUNCES NEW LEADERSHIP
The U.K.'s Lift and Escalator Industry Association (LEIA) recently announced Alastair Stannah, managing director of Stannah Lifts, and Paul Turner, technical director of Schindler U.K. and Ireland, as its new president and vice president, respectively. Stannah has been with the family business for more than 20 years and heads its new lift and service business in the U.K. He has been a LEIA board member for 12 years. Turner has worked in the industry for more than 20 years for both large lift companies and contractors. He is a member of the Schindler U.K. and Ireland Board of Management.
 
GREECE-HEADQUARTERED DOPPLER EARNS ISO CERTIFICATIONS
Doppler S.A., headquartered in Greece, has earned new certifications from the International Organization for Standardization (ISO). The manufacturer is now compliant with ISO 14001:2015 (environmental management system) and 45001:2018 (occupational health and safety). Complying with these standards means Doppler minimizes both waste production and hazards for everyone at its premises. "We respect staff members by creating and providing a safe workplace, while encouraging employees to take an active role in their own health and safety, as well as our planet, by minimizing potential waste and increasing recycling activities,” Doppler stated.
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IAEC FORUM POSTPONED, MOVED TO ORLANDO
IAEC Forum 2021 has been rescheduled to June 29-July 2 at the Wyndham Grand Orlando Bonnet Creek Resort in Orlando the International Association of Elevator Contractors (IAEC) recently announced. The new location will double the total meeting space from last year's iteration to provide extensive room for social distancing during seminars, dining/reception and tradeshow, organizers said.
 
50 HUDSON YARDS TOPS OUT
New York YIMBY recently reported on the topping out of Foster + Partners and Oxford Properties' 50 Hudson Yards at 1,011 ft. The 58-story commercial supertall is the final building for Hudson Yards' first phase. At 2.9 million ft2, it is also the largest by volume and features the first installation of thyssenkrupp Elevator's TWIN system in NYC and second in the U.S. Major tenants, including BlackRock and Facebook (the latter at 1.2 million ft2) have been secured, and opening is still set for next year.
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MAX PREDICTIVE MAINTENANCE GETS NEW FEATURE
thyssenkrupp Elevator recently added a “Social Distancing Service” to its MAX predictive maintenance product. Designed to help “tenants to stay safe by limiting elevator passengers so they can maintain physical distance,” elevator traffic is assessed and balanced via MAX. The dispatching software can then be modified to assign passenger limits to each car. The service is included with the recently introduced MAX Pro digital service package, along with MAX Plus and MAX Premium. The company said it sold more than 5,000 MAX subscriptions in its first year after its 2015 launch. Now, more than 84,000 elevators in the U.S. and 130,000 elevators worldwide are connected to it.
 
ZONING APPROVED FOR CHICAGO’S BIG DEAHL
Zoning was recently approved for the updated development named "Big Deahl" at 1450 North Dayton Street in Chicago's Near North Side in February, Chicago YIMBY reported. The V-shaped site is bound by North Kingsbury Street to the west, West Blackhawk Street to the north and North Dayton Street to the east. Four buildings, including a 27-story mixed-used tower rising 299 ft in subarea A, are to sit on five subareas, which will include a privately owned public space. Subareas B and C will hold five- and 10-story buildings, respectively, offering a total of 162 mixed residences. Subarea D will consist of Planet Granite, an indoor sports and recreation facility designed by CallisonRTKL. Structured Development is overseeing the proposal, and GREC Architects is the designer. The US$250-million project will be divided into phases one (subareas buildings B and C) and two (subarea A). Planet Granite is expected to complete first, this spring, but a construction timeline for the residential buildings has not been announced.
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MESA OPENS 2021 VIRTUALLY
Sixteen members took part in the 2021 opening membership meeting of the Massachusetts Elevator Safety Association (MESA) on February 9. They were welcomed via a Ring Central meeting from President Roland Locke, who then turned the meeting over to Wurtec, Inc. Senior Sales and Business Development Specialist Mark Yako. Yako gave a PowerPoint presentation highlighting Wurtec’s Toledo, Ohio, roots and expansive line of tools and safety products designed for the elevator industry. The financial report given by board member Dave Gaudet reaffirmed the association's good financial health, and the Code Committee report (also headed by Gaudet) announced that the Massachusetts Elevator Board is currently engaged in a state code review. Locke also announced that the annual MESA Golf Outing has been booked for the Olde Scotland Links in Bridgewater, Massachusetts, on August 11. Reported by Matthew Jackson, EW Correspondent
 
MALAYSIA MIXED-USE MEGAPROJECT STARTS CONSTRUCTION
Construction has begun on The Light City in Penang, Malaysia, a mixed-use megaproject on the waterfront that includes 34-story-office and hotel towers, the Penang Waterfront Convention Centre (PWCC), a mall inspired by Beverly Hills' Rodeo Drive and a pair of residential projects, The Edge Markets reports. Developer IJM Perennial Development Sdn. Bhd. is behind the more-than-4.1-million-ft2 plan, to be built in two phases. Under construction now, phase one includes the 1.5-million-ft2 PWCC, the mall, the office and hotel towers, and one of the residential projects. The location is close the Penang Bridge, the Penang International Airport, the ferry terminal and a proposed light-rail-transit station. Phased completion is anticipated to begin in 2024.
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NEW ROCHELLE, NEW YORK, TOWER TOPS OUT
One Clinton Park, a 28-story mixed-use tower, recently topped out in New Rochelle, New York, New York YIMBY reported. The building at 55 Clinton Place will contain 352 market-rate apartments and add more than 13,000 ft2 of retail space to the city’s downtown center. One Clinton Park is the first phase of a two-tower development that will include a sister structure at Two Clinton Park. The tower at One Clinton Park comprises 433,000 ft2. Developer RXR Realty broke ground on the building in 2020 and is on track for completion by early 2022.
 
BERLIN CLT TOWER HAS PROGRESSIVE ASPIRATIONS
A 98-m-tall, 29-story cross-laminated-timber (CLT) tower planned in Berlin has progressive aspirations, with developer UTB describing it as the "Anti-Amazon tower," a reference to the controversial structure the retail giant is building in East Berlin, Bloomberg CityLab reports. Designed by Norway's Mad Arkitekter and called WoHo (short for Wohnhochhaus or "live tower"), the building is set to be comprised of 60% residences and 25% commercial space. A third of the homes are planned to be rent-controlled. It is set to rise in the city's Kreuzberg District, and the State of Berlin and the borough of Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg approved it in January. In line with Berlin's new high-rise standards that call for "high architectural standards and functional sustainability," WoHo would be the tallest timber building in Europe.
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ENVIRONMENTALLY FRIENDLY TOWER PLANNED IN SAN JOSE
MIRO, at 28 stories the tallest tower in San Jose, California (ELENET 857), is set to get a neighbor in the form of the 27-story-tall Park Habitat, developed by Canada's Westbank and designed by Kengo Kuma & Associates at 180 Park Avenue, the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat reports. Renderings reveal a design "notable for its connection with the post-war Japanese Metabolism movement, which took lessons from the natural environment to inform a modular approach to architecture." Containing offices, retail and space for the Tech Interactive Museum within 1.28 million ft2, Park Habitat's design features a biophilic façade layered with louvers and planters that aim to "provide passive climate control by minimizing direct sunlight's effects." It will also have a water-recycling system, an internal airflow scheme and underground parking.
 
LESA SETS MEETING DATES
The Lift Engineering Society of Australia Inc. (LESA) has set several meeting dates for the year. Its annual general meeting is planned for April 21, with general meetings to be held on June 16, August 18 and October 20. While the group’s meetings have historically taken place at Norths Club on Abbott Street in Cammeray, Australia, at 5:30-6 p.m., followed by dinner, recent events have been held virtually. Details will be updated online when determined.
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IN MEMORIAM: TOMMY TESSIER
Tommy Tessier, sales director at Global Tardif Elevator Manufacturing Group Canada and a member of the Canadian Elevator Contractors Association, passed away at age 40 on February 7 from a heart attack. A resident of Saint-Marc-des-Carrières, Canada, Tessier is survived by wife, Marie-Pier Gingras; children, Mia-Rose, Tristan and Éthan; parents, Carole Boutin and Mario Tessier; brother, Michael; and many other relatives and friends. The family would like to thank the paramedics and firefighters of Saint Marc-des-Carrières, the Quebec police officers and the staff of the emergency medical center of Saint-Marc-des-Carrières for their professionalism. Donations in Tessier's name may be made to the University Institute of Cardiology and Pneumology of Quebec, 2725 Ste-Foy Road, Quebec G1V 4G5.
 
NYC’S 308 LIVINGSTON STREET TOPS OUT
Construction has topped out on 308 Livingston Street (ELENET 834), a 23-story, 160-unit rental project in Downtown Brooklyn, New York YIMBY reports. Designed by Fogarty Finger Architecture and developed by Lonicera Partners, the development is now nearly two-thirds enclosed in a plastic covering. It will contain a mix of one- and two-bedroom layouts. The main rendering of the building depicts an exterior composed of dark charcoal brick walls with a grid of two-to-three-story floor-to-ceiling rectangular cutouts, each framed with gold-colored trimmings. The pinnacle is defined with a relatively smooth and flat roof parapet. It is to be completed by next winter.
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