IN MEMORIAM: CARL OSBORNE
Carl Osborne was born on August 19, 1939 and passed away on February 4, 2016, at the age of 76. Osborne was an industry leader and decades-long member of the National Association of Elevator Contractors (NAEC), serving as its president in 1996-1997 and on its committees. He was also involved in the NAVTP (now International Association of Elevator Consultants) and promoted safety, fair labor relations, emergency operations improvement and education throughout his career. Osborne served as vice-president of Urban Elevator Service, one of the largest independent elevator companies in Illinois. He was husband to Sandra Osborne. In lieu of flowers, memorials to the American Parkinson Disease Association are requested.
MAJOR MIXED-USE PROJECT UNDERWAY IN BOSTON
Construction crews broke ground in late January on The Hub on Causeway, which will consist of a 38-story, 495-ft.-tall residential building, a 21-story, 487-ft.-tall office tower and a 260-room hotel atop a multilevel retail/entertainment podium, the Boston Business Journal reports. Part of a wave of development in the North Station area, the Hub on Causeway was designed by Gensler and inspired by the city’s shipping and industrial heritage. The glass-and-steel podium is set to be finished in 2018, followed by the office and residential towers. Boston Properties is the developer.
NEW NYC ELEVATOR SAFETY ACT GAINS TRACTION
New York City (NYC) Council Member James Vacca has introduced new elevator safety legislation LABORPRESS states is “aimed at improving elevator safety throughout the city. . . because he is tired of waiting around for the state to do something about the alarming surge in building accidents.” According to the Fire Department of New York, building accidents are up 160% from 2009 to 2014. The bill would formalize licensing and certification requirements in the city, requiring that one individual per contractor be licensed. Its hearing is expected to take place in April.
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