MARK YOUR CALENDARS: SIX MONTHS UNTIL LIFTEX 2016
Organizers of LIFTEX 2016 in London on May 25-26, 2016, encourage those planning to attend or exhibit to make arrangements now. Organized every three years by the Lift and Escalator Industry Association (LEIA) of the U.K., the event is slated to be held at ExCeL. LEIA states LIFTEX 2016 is expanding to include facilities managers, specifiers and lift consultants, local authority representatives and disability service providers. Exhibit space is limited, and prospective attendees may see who is attending and which spaces are still available on the website.
SCHUMACHER MODERNIZING 1918 IOWA COURTHOUSE ELEVATORS
Lawmakers in Woodbury County, Iowa, have hired Schumacher Elevator Co. to modernize a pair of elevators at the Woodbury County Courthouse in Sioux City, Iowa, that date to when the courthouse was built in 1918, the Sioux City Journal reports. The US4,748 contract includes a new microprocessor controller, drive motors, traveling cables, hoistway wiring, cab doors and digital cab and floor position indicators. Work is expected to take place over a four-month period starting in February 2016.
BIG-DESIGNED BUILDING MAKES SPLASH ON NYC SKYLINE
Residents are expected to start moving in in spring 2016 to VIA 57 West, a 32-story, 460-ft.-tall tetrahedron-shaped building at 625 West 57th Street designed by Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG), New York YIMBY reports. VIA 57 cuts a striking figure on the far west side and has been described by BIG as a skyscraper/courtyard lovechild, with a courtyard that opens onto the Hudson River. Demand is expected to be high for the approximately 700 apartments within. Van Deusen & Associates consulted on its vertical-transportation system, which includes 10 elevators. The Durst Organization is the developer.
PLANS FOR WARSAW’S TALLEST TOWER APPROVED
Plans to build a 230-m-tall office tower in central Warsaw have won approval from city leaders, Eurobuild Central & Eastern Europe reports. Should it be built, the tower by Slovakian developer HB Reavis will be the tallest in Warsaw, surpassing the 180-m-tall Palace of Culture and Science. Designed by Foster + Partners, the building has an angled profile with its roof rising from 182 to 230 m. Plans call for the building’s 115,000 m2 to divided into 63,800 m2 of office space, 3,200 m2 of service space and 1,000 m2 of retail. No time frame was given for the project.