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Week of 3/25/19

NEW LONDON TUBE STATION ENTRANCE WITH ESCALATORS, LIFT

Earlier this month, workers for London Tube contractor Dragados broke through the final layers of concrete to make way for a new Bank Station entrance on Cannon Street, blogger IanVisits reports. The entrance will have escalators that take passengers down to an expanded Northern Line concourse, as well as a second set of escalators down to the Docklands Light Railway platforms. An elevator will provide additional access to the platforms. Scheduled for completion in 2022, upgrades to the station have been challenging due to it being one of the busiest in the network and there being a “high concentration of important infrastructure” both below and above ground, such as historic buildings, according to Tube operator Transport for London.

WORLD ELEVATOR CONGRESS ANNOUNCED FOR APRIL

The first World Elevator Congress has been announced for April 24-25 in Langfang, China. Co-organized by the European Lift Association (ELA) and China Elevator Association, its goals are to bring together the main global stakeholders, keep abreast of latest developments, and exchange and align on regulatory topics of interest. A formal memorandum of understanding between Europe and China, based on specific issues of priority importance for the sector, is expected to be signed during the event. For more information, contact the ELA secretariat.

CTBUH REQUESTS NOMINATIONS

As part of its 50th anniversary and 10th World Congress, the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) is asking for nominations on “The Recent History and Essential Future of Sustainable Cities,” part of its “50 Forward | 50 Back” theme. There are two categories in the “50 Back” category, “Influential Buildings” and “Urban Interventions” and two in “50 Forward,” “Innovations” and “Urban Interventions.” Participants are encouraged to submit ideas of seminal buildings and urban interventions from the past 50 years that influenced the way we inhabit cities today and their predictions for the innovations that will significantly impact urban development over the next 50 years. The nominations will be confirmed by an independent panel of building-industry representatives and given recognition. They will appear within numerous digital and physical CTBUH publications in relation to the congress, which is taking place on October 28-November 2 in Chicago. The deadline for nominations is April 30.

EW FOCUSES ON LUBRICANTS

ELEVATOR WORLD’s June edition will focus on lubricants and feature our People Special Section, with profiles of people in the industry. There will also be a Continuing Education article. Bonus distribution will be at the Elevator U Conference in Charlotte, North Carolina. The deadline for submissions is April 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.

IN MEMORIAM: PETER RUSTOM

Peter Rustom, a respected leader in the elevator industry who served many years in Asia in positions that included the lead role in the founding of Schindler in Singapore and Western Malaysia, died February 10 at age 83, after a battle with cancer. Rustom was active in several elevator-industry associations, including the Lift and Escalator Contractors Association of Hong Kong, serving as president from 1983-1987. He also was a longtime ELEVATOR WORLD correspondent. He began his elevator career in 1965 as a sales engineer with Otis London, holding various positions, including a year of field training in the West Indies. He joined Jardine Schindler in Hong Kong in 1974 and was put in charge of opening the Singapore and Western Malaysia office. He later returned to Hong Kong, serving in multiple roles with Jardine Schindler. He retired in 1993. A devoted family man, Rustom is survived by his wife of 50 years, Celia; sons, Roger and Graham; daughter, Anna; and grandchildren, Sarah, Joe, Sennen, Milly, Tom, Phoebe, Ben, Larissa, Michael Lee and Khyra.

CTBUH KICKS OFF RESEARCH COMPETITION

The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) has opened submissions for its Research Seed Funding, Student Research Competition & Student Design Competition. With US$61,000 in funding and prizes over three programs, it looks to give global recognition to successful researchers and students. First, international research seed funding to assist researchers develop innovative projects to a level that would secure additional funding (in the form of collaborations and joint proposals, in conjunction with CTBUH) has an award of $20,000. The same amount is applied in funding to the student research competition, which focuses on groups of students conducting relevant research. Finally, the international student design competition has students design an innovative tall building and place it in a unique existing urban setting. Its prizes include a total of US$21,000 in cash and travel stipends. Submissions for the research competitions are due by May 31, and the design competition deadline is July 22.

Week of 3/18/19

CLT ELEVATOR SHAFTS PART OF WORLD’S TALLEST TIMBER TOWER

Cross-laminated timber (CLT) elevator shafts are part of Mjøstårnet, a mixed-use tower in Brumunddal, Norway, that the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) recently ratified as the world's tallest timber building at 18 stories, or 85.4 m. In light of the recent increase in tall-timber construction worldwide, CTBUH also amended its height criteria to include timber as a recognized structural material: an "all timber" structure may include non-timber elements such as CLT and glue-laminated (glulam) timber. In addition to the elevator shafts, Mjøstårnet has CLT stairs and floor slabs, and glulam columns, beams and diagonals. AB Invest AS developed and Voll Arkitekter designed the building, which is the third-tallest in Norway.

LIFTEX SEMINAR SPEAKERS ANNOUNCED

The Lift and Escalator Industry Association is encouraging industry members to take advantage of free registration for its triennial LIFTEX 2019, taking place at London’s ExCeL London on May 15-16. It expects more than 20 new exhibitors to join other U.K. and European suppliers. In addition to the exhibition, LIFTEX will feature a free seminar program addressing such topics as the future development of British, European and international standards by Ian Jones; lift evacuation use by Matt Ryan; analog/fiber options for emergency phones by Matt Davies; the BS EN 81-80 revisions by Dave Searle; tips for lift managers and duty holders by Nick Mellor; home-lift consulting by John McSweeney; escalators by David Cooper; and planning and managing the use of goods lifts by Len Halsey. The principles of lift modernization, covering the key principles of the current standards and current challenges, will also be examined.

DUTCH-DESIGNED MIXED-USE TOWERS FOR FRANKFURT

Developer Phoenix and Gross & Partner plans to build 40- and eight-story copper-colored towers designed by Netherlands-based Mecanoo at Frankfurt Grand Central station in Frankfurt, Germany, dezeen reports. Described by the architect as part of the emergence of the area as a live-work-play neighborhood, the structures, connected by a glass plinth, would contain a mix of public and private housing, offices, stores, a gym and a kindergarten. Also on the drawing boards are an underground car park, a public square and a public park. The proposal comes on the heels of what the source described as the "Brexit building boom" of 2017 and would join dozens of new high rises going up in Frankfurt.

23-STORY RESIDENTIAL TOWER ENVISIONED IN MANCHESTER AREA

A plan by Silverlane Developments to build a 23-story residential tower on the outskirts of Manchester, U.K., is awaiting approval by the Salford City Council, the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat reports, citing The Architects’ Journal. Designed by Manchester firm Jeffrey Bell Architects, the development would offer 272 apartments near the railway station in Eccles, a town in Salford, part of the greater Manchester area. Drawing inspiration from the town’s industrial past with a brick, masonry and metal façade, the design includes a two-story, ground-level colonnade. The architecture firm says the proposal will “create a distinctive new identity for the town as a whole.”

Week of 3/11/19

CANADIAN MANUFACTURER BUYS FACTORY FROM SPAIN’S TORGAR

Quebec, Canada-based equipment supplier Fraco Products Ltd. has acquired the factory of Zaragoza, Spain-based Torgar, a Spanish company that has manufactured elevator equipment for more than 40 years. Fraco said this will allow it to increase its production capacity and accelerate the implementation of its manufacturing activities in Europe. The deal also entails the exclusive acquisition of the product line marketed under the Torgar brand, including construction lifts, transport and work platforms, and industrial elevators. The new management intends to maintain production in the northeastern region of Spain.

CLOTHING RETAILER PLANS SKYSCRAPER IN DANISH HOMETOWN

Global clothing retailer Bestseller plans to build a 320-m-tall skyscraper in Brande, Denmark, to serve as its headquarters, Insiders Tribune reports. Being funded entirely by Bestseller's billionaire CEO, the plan includes restaurants, hotels, offices, residences and shops in the town where the company was founded in 1975. With what will become one of the tallest towers in Europe as its centerpiece, the project is being handled by Danish firms Ramboll Group A/S (engineering) and Dorte Mandrup (architecture). Despite Danes generally being averse to tall towers in their towns, the Bestseller development could result in "huge commercial and social investment" in Brande.

ROOFTOP BAR WITH OWN ELEVATOR NOW PART OF U.K. TOWER PLAN

A rooftop champagne bar with a dedicated elevator has been incorporated into High Street Group's Hadrian's Tower, which, at 27 stories, will be the tallest building in Newcastle upon Tyne, U.K., ChronicleLive reports. Designed by FaulknerBrowns, the Rutherford Street tower will have 162 apartments and is set to open in 2020. Approximately half of the units have been sold to overseas investors. High Street is planning events to market the apartments to local buyers. The Laurent-Perrier-branded bar will be open to the public year-round, and the development is expected to incorporate communal areas and high-tech features such as apps residents can use to do things such as hire a car or book a restaurant.

IEES ANNOUNCED FOR DECEMBER

A call for papers, and registration for attendees and exhibitors is now open for the second-annual International Elevator and Escalator Symposium (IEES), to be held at Bally’s Casino and Hotel in Las Vegas on December 3-4. The technical and educational symposium for the global vertical-transportation industry is organized by Liftinstituut Solutions and Elevator World, Inc. This year’s theme is safety of elevators and escalators during their life cycle: maintenance and inspections. Papers can be submitted here, and for more information, or to register or book a booth, email or visit website.

KONE PROVIDING VT FOR GOOGLE’S LONDON “LANDSCRAPER”

Google has selected KONE to provide the vertical-transportation (VT) package for its new U.K. headquarters, the 11-story, 312-m-long "landscraper" KGX1 in London's King's Cross being built by Lendlease and designed by Heatherwick Studio and Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG), Construction Enquirer reports. The order includes 38 elevators and two escalators. KONE Executive Vice President, Central and North Europe Thomas Hinnerskov said the structure will bring a "whole new concept of working" to a busy area of London. London Mayor Sadiq Khan, who inaugurated KGX1 in late 2017, referred to the US$1.3-billion investment that will house up to 7,000 employees as a sign that the city is open for business despite Brexit looming, Quartz previously reported. Comparable in length to the height of the Empire State Building in New York City, the structure could be a sign of future development in regions such as the U.S. Midwest. It could also open up possibilities for thyssenkrupp's ropeless, sideways-moving MULTI elevator system.

Week of 3/4/19

THYSSENKRUPP MAX TECHNOLOGY MAKES FRANCE DEBUT

Seventeen elevators at Électricité de France (EDF) headquarters in Paris were scheduled to be outfitted with thyssenkrupp MAX predictive-maintenance technology this spring, serving as a pilot project in anticipation of installation of MAX across EDF's other facilities. Including the maintenance of 585 elevators and 1,545 automatic doors across France, the deal with the energy supplier represents the first time MAX has been employed in France. thyssenkrupp touts cloud-based MAX as the first predictive-maintenance system of its type for elevators in the world, and observes it has been employed at iconic buildings including One World Trade Center in New York City.

ELEVATOR WORLD ACCEPTING 2019 PEOPLE ISSUE NOMINATIONS

Know of someone in the elevator industry who is deserving of recognition? If so, now is the time to submit nominations for the ELEVATOR WORLD 2019 People Issue, to be published in June. The elevator industry is built on dedicated, hardworking people and their stories, ideas, opinions, contributions and successes. EW's goal is to provide readers with stories of a diverse array of professionals who make an impact on our industry through the work they do for their companies, their communities and the industry as a whole. To submit a nomination, visit the online form. Be sure to explain the nominee’s contributions to his or her company, community and the elevator industry, and/or their interesting story. The EW staff will review all submissions and respond by April 12 if your nominee is selected. Only a select number of submissions will be featured in the June magazine. Others selected will be highlighted online during that month. If you have any questions, contact us at email.

THYSSENKRUPP DELIVERS ITS LARGEST-EVER SWEDEN CONTRACT

thyssenkrupp delivered its largest-ever contract in Sweden: 53 elevators, 27 escalators and 15 platform lifts to the new, mixed-use Urban Escape in Stockholm. Urban Escape consists of five buildings, four streets and two squares, with tenants that include Microsoft, Spotify and shared office space concept WeWork. thyssenkrupp began the first phase in 2015, installing 28 elevators, six escalators and six platform lifts by 2017. The second phase involved an additional 25 elevators, nine platform lifts and 21 escalators. The project was completed in January, and much of the equipment will be maintained by thyssenkrupp.

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