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Week of 9/28/20

KONE TO SUPPLY ELEVATORS FOR LUXURY TOWER IN DUBAI

KONE has won an order to supply 17 elevators to B4 Grande, a new high-end residential tower in Dubai, the company announced on September 24. The 287-m, 72-story skyscraper under construction in the Opera Downtown District will offer 882 luxury apartments, plus amenities and retail outlets. The apartment floorplans range from one to four bedrooms, with large penthouses on the highest floors. KONE will deliver 13 MiniSpace™, three MonoSpace® and one KONE Motala™ elevators. The company will also supply its Infotainment screen and E-Link™ system, a facility-management tool. B4 Grande is being developed by Emaar Properties and is scheduled for completion in 2022. The main contractor is China State Construction, and architectural services are being provided by WSP.

HYDERABAD INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT ELEVATORS GO TOUCHLESS

All passenger elevators at Hyderabad International Airport have been equipped with touchless technology that allows passengers to use hand gestures to call and direct elevators, The Indian Express is among outlets to report. Automating all passenger elevators followed a successful pilot program. Based on infrared technology, the system allows users to wave their hands over a sensor to call an elevator and point a finger toward a floor number to take them to a desired destination. The airport handles more than 20,000 domestic passengers daily, more than six times it did prior to recommencing operations on May 25 after a pandemic-related closure that affected airports nationwide. Touchless elevators complement other airport innovations such as "zero-contact" check-in and sanitation systems that implement ultraviolet light.

HEALTH-CONSCIOUS OFFICE TOWER WITH KONE VT OPENS IN DUBAI

ICD Brookfield Place, a 53-story, 1.1 million-ft2 office tower in the Dubai International Finance Centre outfitted with a KONE vertical-transportation (VT) system, opened its doors to tenants on September 21, Construction Business News reports. The angular, glassy design by Foster + Partners houses 990,000 ft2 of office space and 160,000 ft2 of retail. The property also boasts 140,000 ft2 of green space. It achieved Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) Platinum certification by incorporating features such as air-filtration and ultraviolet-air-treatment systems to guard against infection and is the tallest LEED Platinum-certified building in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Accounting firm EY is the anchor tenant, and a number of other major players have joined it.

EW PROJECT OF THE YEAR ENTRY DEADLINE OCTOBER 16

The deadline for submissions to the ELEVATOR WORLD Project of the Year Awards 2021 is October 16. The contest recognizes excellence in vertical, horizontal and inclined transportation. Winners in each of nine categories will receive an award and be recognized in a feature story in the January 2021 issue. Entries can be made in “Elevators, New Construction”; “Elevators, Modernization”; “Escalators, New Construction”; “Escalators, Modernization”; “Moving Walks”; “Inclined Elevators”; “Platform Lifts & Stairway Chairlifts”; “Private-Residence Elevators”; and “Special-Purpose Lifts.” The contest is open for projects that have been completed within the past two years, and both text and photos must be submitted, along with a completed entry form. To download the form and obtain more information, visit website.

SIX-TOWER PROJECT PLANNED IN PERTH, AUSTRALIA

Two fund managers, Australian Development Capital and Warburton Group, have teamed up to develop a six-tower mixed-use development in Perth, Australia, that will back up to a heritage-listed school campus, The Urban Developer reported on September 18. The towers will be built on two plots of 1.1 ha and 1.8 ha adjacent to the former Perth Girls' School. A masterplan for the AUD1-billion (US$710-million) project has been adopted by the Western Australia (WA) government, and includes stakeholders Development WA, the Heritage Council of WA, the City of Perth and the local community. The towers, ranging from 15 to 35 stories, will offer a combined 100,000 m2 of floor space. The six buildings will potentially hold 600 residential, hotel and commercial units. The historic school will be renovated as a cultural hub and entertainment center. A construction timeline was not reported.

VT COMPANIES AMONG INITIAL 2020 CTBUH CONFERENCE SPONSORS

Vertical-transportation (VT) companies are among initial confirmed sponsors of the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) 2020 Conference, “The Post-Crisis City: Rethinking Sustainable Vertical Urbanism,” planned to livestream from Singapore, London and Chicago on November 17. Platinum sponsors include KONE and Otis; Gold sponsors, Schindler and thyssenkrupp; and Silver, Lerch Bates, Inc. Sponsorships are still available, abstracts are being accepted and registration is open.

ZHA-DESIGNED TOWER IN HONG KONG PULLS OUT ALL THE STOPS

Contactless elevators and a smart building-management system that create a contactless path "from street to workstation" are only the start of the remarkable features being incorporated into a 190-m-tall, 36-story office tower designed by Zaha Hadid Architects (ZHA) in Hong Kong, Architects' Journal reports. Under construction in the Financial District on a former parking facility, the building is being built of high-tensile steel and will have a curved glass façade inspired by a Bauhinia bud (the Hong Kong orchid tree). Henderson Land Development paid the equivalent of approximately US$2.79 billion for the plot — a record-breaking amount — at 2 Murray Road. Connecting with adjacent public gardens and parks, the structure will feature a raised base sheltering courtyards and gardens, a Sky Garden outdoor recreational space and a "hybrid ventilation" system allowing all offices to be naturally ventilated and dehumidified. Developers are working with Arup to achieve Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design and WELL Platinum certifications.

JAPAN’S FUTURE TALLEST BUILDING GETS A LITTLE TALLER

Mitsubishi Estate's Tokiwabashi Project had a few floors added earlier this year to what will be Japan's tallest tower, taking it to a height of 390 m and 63 stories, Japan Property Central reports. Adding two floors to the tallest of the four buildings that make up the project was part of an exterior redesign for the tower, slated for completion in 2027. Total floor space also increased by 11%, to 544,000 m2.  An expressway adjoining Tokyo Station will now be situated underground, which allows for a floor-area-ratio increase that will bring the total space within all buildings to 740,000 m2. Included in the plan are office space, a luxury hotel, retail and an observation floor. 

Week of 9/21/20

ELEVATOR WORLD OPERATIONS RESUME AFTER HURRICANE SALLY: Because of the impact of Hurricane Sally in our area, Elevator World, Inc.’s office was without power, main phone line and internet service, and was temporarily closed, which has caused the cancellation of our Daily Podcast and delayed last week’s ELENET. Most of our staff were without power, as well, and worked from cell phones only. If you had been trying to contact us, please know that we will get back to you as soon as possible. In addition, any education orders placed at www.elevatorbooks.com this week will be delayed, but will be processed and shipped as soon as we are able to do so. Your magazine delivery will not be affected.

OTIS LANDS 122-ELEVATOR ORDER FOR TIANJIN METRO EXPANSION

Continuing a strong relationship with Tianjin, China, Otis China landed a 122-elevator order for the expansion of Tianjin Metro's Line 6, the company announced on September 15. The order will bring the total number of Otis elevators and escalators serving the metro to 1,400. Otis China services units throughout the system's seven other lines. In addition to the Tianjin Metro, Otis China is providing SkyRise® and Gen2® elevators to Tianjin Xihui Plaza, an office building under construction. Otis China President Perry Zheng said the company is proud to be part of Tianjin's infrastructure growth.

BOY’S FOOT TRAPPED IN MALL ESCALATOR IN SINGAPORE

A boy’s foot became trapped in an escalator between the first and second floors of a mall in the HarbourFront precinct of Singapore on September 13, Mothership and STOMP are among news outlets to report. Members of the Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF), mall staff and “safe-distancing ambassadors” all responded to the scene, and SCDF used a hydraulic tool to extricate the child’s foot. He was transported to a local hospital. A dog’s foot became trapped in an escalator in the same mall last month.

Week of 9/14/20

HITACHI WINS DEAL TO SUPPLY 300 ELEVATORS TO SINGAPORE HDB

Hitachi Elevator Asia has won a contract to supply 300 elevators for residential buildings in Singapore, the company announced on September 2. The deal, reported by Benzinga, is the latest large contract the company has received from the Housing & Development Board (HDB) of the Republic of Singapore. The company was awarded another contract to supply 300 elevators for the HDB in 2019, which at the time was its largest single order in Singapore. The company is reportedly among the top-three providers of new elevator equipment in Singapore. Other recent contracts have included elevators, escalators and moving walks at the National University of Singapore; Changi International Airport; and Guoco Tower, the tallest building in Singapore.

BIG ESCALATOR ORDER SOLIDIFIES HYUNDAI’S CHINESE PRESENCE

An order for 229 escalators at 19 stations along Line 2 of the subway in Harbin extends Hyundai Elevator’s presence in China, particularly in Heilongjiang Province, where it is the largest subway escalator provider, Business Korea reports. Hyundai Elevator announced the order, equivalent to roughly US$241 million, on August 31. In 2017, the OEM won a contract to supply 52 escalators to five stations along Harbin Subway Line and, the following year, an order for 66 escalators in five stations on Line 1, bringing the total number of Hyundai units serving the system to nearly 350. The source observes the latest order will likely put Hyundai Elevator in an advantageous position in the second and third bidding for Subway Line 3, scheduled at the end of this year and early next year, respectively. Those orders would total approximately 320 units.

GREENLAND CENTRE SYDNEY TOPS OUT AT 68 STORIES

A September 3 ceremony marked the topping out of Greenland Centre Sydney, a 68-story mixed-use skyscraper overlooking the city's iconic harbor and evolving CBD, the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat reports. The 245-m-tall tower, developed by Greenland Australia and designed by architecture firm BVN, includes vertical transportation by KONE. The building will hold 479 39-265-m2 apartments, plus a 674-m2 penthouse. The bottom five floors, comprising 2,000 m2, will house the AUD25-million (US$18-million) City of Sydney Creative Hub, an arts-oriented facility that will offer soundproof music rehearsal rooms, editing suites for filmmakers and studios for visual artists. Meanwhile, apartment residents will have access to a slate of amenities, including a 30-m indoor/outdoor pool, steam room, sauna, spa, multifunction room and outdoor sundeck. Construction firm Probuild will now concentrate on the final faҫade installations and completion of internal fit-out in preparation for an early 2021 opening.

SYDNEY SUBURB RHODES APPROVED AS NEW HIGH-RISE HUB

New South Wales (NSW) government planners have unveiled plans to build Rhodes, a Sydney suburb, into a high-rise region that will gain 4,260 new residential units, The Urban Developer reported on September 3. The Rhodes Place Strategy, put forth by the NSW Department of Planning, foresees towers ranging from 25 to 45 stories immediately to the west of the train station in the waterfront community. One project, by Billbergia, is already under construction. The AUD350-million (US$255-million) development includes two towers, of 28 and 39 stories, at 10 Walker Street, bringing 688 apartments. A third tower, estimated at AUD250 million (US$182 million), has been approved for 34 Walker Street, but construction has yet to commence. Under the plan, Billbergia could scale this building up to 45 stories. Meanwhile, sites to the east of the station are expected to hold towers ranging from 25 to 37 stories.

Week of 9/8/20

KONE TO SUPPLY 90 VT UNITS FOR SINGAPORE'S PUNGGOL DISTRICT

KONE has won an order for 90 vertical-transportation (VT) units for the Punggol Digital District in Singapore, the company announced on September 1. The Punggol development is a 50-ha smart, sustainable project meant to be a testbed for new concepts in living, working and delivering services. It will be home to a business park, residences, a market village and the Singapore Institute of Technology, and will include buildings up to 55 m tall, or 12 stories. The Punggol District is being developed by JTC and designed by WOHA Architects. KONE is supplying the business park with 40 MonoSpace® and 22 MiniSpace™ elevators, and 28 TravelMaster™ TM110 escalators. The VT system will be equipped with the company's destination control system and E-Link™ facility management tool.

UNDERPASS, FLYOVER AND FoB TO EASE TRAFFIC IN GURUGRAM

Construction on an underpass at Mahavir Chowk in Gurugram, India, has resumed, with the Public Works Department planning to also build an elevated, 315-m-long foot overbridge (FoB) with five exits connecting five different routes, and a flyover, The Pioneer reported on August 31. Two of the five FoB exits will be equipped with escalators, while the other three will have elevators. Once complete, the project will improve traffic flow and ease "unending traffic jams" in the area, an official with the Gurugram Metropolitan Development Authority said, adding, "Movement of traffic, as well as pedestrians, is highly haphazard at Mahavir Chowk." The project is expected to be completed by July 2021. The total cost is estimated at around INR1.18 billion (US$16 million).

ELEVATOR SHAFT FALL FATAL FOR MAN IN KUALA LUMPUR

A fall from an undetermined height down an elevator shaft in Cheras, Kuala Lumpur, was fatal for a 50-year-old man, The Star reports. Police responded to a public-housing complex in the early morning hours of September 2 and found the man — apparently a resident — deceased, face down on top of a lift car. The police chief said the complex’s elevator-maintenance provider had received complaints of an elevator not working. The man’s remains were transported to a local hospital for an autopsy.

ONE MONTH LEFT FOR EW PROJECT OF THE YEAR ENTRIES

The deadline for submissions to the ELEVATOR WORLD Project of the Year Awards 2021 is September 30. The contest recognizes excellence in vertical, horizontal and inclined transportation. Winners in each of nine categories will receive an award and be recognized in a feature story in the January 2021 issue. Entries can be made in “Elevators, New Construction”; “Elevators, Modernization”; “Escalators, New Construction”; “Escalators, Modernization”; “Moving Walks”; “Inclined Elevators”; “Platform Lifts & Stairway Chairlifts”; “Private-Residence Elevators”; and “Special-Purpose Lifts.” The contest is open for projects that have been completed within the past two years, and both text and photos must be submitted, along with a completed entry form. To download the form and obtain more information, visit website.