KONE WINS 107-UNIT ORDER FOR NEW EASTERN CHINA METRO LINE
KONE has won an order for the new Ningbo Metro Line 4 in eastern China. Travelers along the mostly underground, 36-km route will benefit from heavy-duty equipment designed specifically for metro projects in China. The order includes 79 TransitMasterTM escalators, and 25 MonoSpace® machine-room-less and three MiniSpace® elevators. The equipment has an hourly capacity of 7,000 people, and has numerous special features such as a high fire-protection rating for the handrails. Designed by Guangzhou Metro Design & Research Institute Co. Ltd. and developed by Ningbo Rail Transit Group Co., the metro line is expected to start trial operation in December 2020.
E2 FORUM FRANKFURT COMING UP IN SEPTEMBER
E2 Forum Frankfurt: Innovation Forum for Elevator and Escalator Technology is taking place on September 18-19 at Messe Frankfurt in Frankfurt, Germany. Messe Frankfurt, organizer for the inaugural event, intends to provide the industry with a technology and content platform for dialogue with planners and operators of modern building-transportation systems. The conference is to take place every two years and has secured OEMs and other worldwide elevator manufacturers for its exhibition.
HIGH-RISE TOWER SET FOR DALLAS ARTS DISTRICT
The last piece of undeveloped real estate in the Dallas Arts District will soon be home to Atelier, a 41-story residential building, Skyrise Cities reports. Atelier, which means “artist workshop,” will have 364 luxury residences and 52 mixed-income artists’ lofts, including 43 affordable artist residences. It will have about 15,000 sq. ft. for retail outlets, plus gallery space and 553 parking slots. An amenities deck on the 11th floor will have a pool, lounge, fitness center, co-working space and a dog salon. The building will join neighborhood cultural amenities such as the Nasher Sculpture Center and the Meyerson Symphony Center. The developer is ZOM Living, and the design is by Stantec.
VIEEW ANNUAL MEETING TAKING PLACE DURING NAEC
The Vertical Initiative for Elevator Escalator Women (VIEEW) Annual Meeting will be held at the Sheraton & Atlantic City Convention Center in Atlantic City, New Jersey, on September 24 from 4:30 to 6:30 pm. This is the same location and on the first day of the National Association of Elevator Contractors (NAEC) Convention. For more information, contact VIEEW President Martha Hulgan.
RETIREE RESIDENTIAL TOWER PLANNED FOR MONTREAL SUBURB
TVA Nouvelles reports that Réseau Sélection is planning a 30-story residential tower for retired or semi-retired people in the Montreal suburb of Repentigny, Canada. The high-rise building, named Sélection Repentigny Signature, will sit on the banks of the St. Lawrence River and will include 289 units, with 30 dedicated to care. Amenities include a swimming pool, gym, lounge, dining room, cinema and virtual golf course, as well as terraces on the fourth and sixth floors. The approximately CAD80-million (US$61-million) project is scheduled for completion in 2020.
WOODS BAGOT-DESIGNED RESIDENTIAL TOWER TOPS OUT IN LIC
A 23-story residential tower at 24-16 Queens Plaza South in Long Island City (LIC), New York, has topped out at 300 ft. ahead of an anticipated 2019 completion, New York YIMBY reports, citing information from The Court Square blog. Designed by Woods Bagot Architects, the tower is an expansion of a 1925 building that serves as a podium. The new structure will house 117 units within more than 100,000 sq. ft. and an array of amenities, such as a rooftop deck, fitness center and pool. The source notes Woods Bagot created a “respectful transition from the pre-war, masonry façade to a modern, undulating glass exterior. . . with horizontal bands accented with curves that peel away from the façade to form outdoor balconies.”
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