Monthly Archives: September 2015

National Association of Elevator Contractors Holds Conference in Boston

National Association of Elevator Contractors conferenceThe National Association of Elevator Contractors is holding its 66th annual conference at the Westin Boston Waterfront & Boston Convention & Exhibition Center from Monday, September 28 to Thursday, October 1, 2015. The event is billed as the largest vertical transportation show in the United States.

Visitors will have the opportunity to learn about elevators and many related subjects. Several topics will be covered in discussions and presentations at the conference this year. Some areas that will be addressed include controlling worker’s compensation costs, implementing an MCP program, machine room-less vs. overhead traction elevators, vertical wheelchair lifts and LULA elevators, the internet of things, and ways to improve customer service.

Attendees will be able to view product demonstrations, receive expert advice, expand their knowledge of the elevator industry, learn about emerging technologies, view over 200 industry exhibits, attend educational sessions, network with others in the industry, and gain an edge over their competitors.

Exhibits will feature the newest products and technology in the elevator industry from the United States and other countries. Attendees will have the opportunity to network with their peers in the industry from around the world.

The National Association of Elevator Contractors’ annual conference is an exciting opportunity for elevator manufacturers, technicians, installers, and others in the vertical lift industry to come together to share information and advice, broaden their knowledge, and expand their ability to succeed in the competitive international elevator market. This event has helped many companies and individuals in the industry expand their knowledge and grow and promote their businesses.

Singapore Apartment Building Has ‘Parking Lot in the Sky’

Hamilton Scotts apartments Singapore car elevatorsWealthy residents of luxury apartment buildings in Singapore have a problem: where to park their expensive cars. The Hamilton Scotts residential building in the Asian city-state has come up with a solution. Elevators take cars straight up to apartments and park them in the living rooms.

The “parking lot in the sky” is the building’s standout feature. Residents can transport their cars to their apartments, whether they live on a lower floor, the penthouse, or anywhere in between. The project’s director said the goal was to make a car a part of the living room ensemble, like a piece of furniture.

A resident drives a car into the basement, parks it on a movable metal plate, and enters a code or gives a fingerprint to start the transport process. The car is moved into an elevator shaft that carries it to the appropriate apartment. Each apartment’s sky garage is large enough to house two cars. Residents are not able to ride up to their apartments in their vehicles.

The Hamilton Scotts building was constructed shortly before the 2008 financial crash and soon began to struggle. China-based investment company Reignwood Group took over management of the building in 2013 because it saw long-term potential in the property and the Singapore market. The group wanted to find an iconic building to broaden its name and develop its business. Reignwood Group performed some renovations on the property and added some amenities, such as free breakfast for residents every day.

Hamilton Scotts has 36 floors with 56 units. The building is currently 70 percent occupied. Prices for a 2,755-square-foot apartment start at $10 million.

Singapore’s luxury real estate sector is still struggling. Prices are 20 to 30 percent below their peaks in 2007, even though Singapore has the highest per capita GDP in the world and 10 percent of households contain a millionaire. Luxury real estate prices in Singapore are less than half of those in Hong Kong. Members of the real estate sector believe this is due to government policies and a glut of supply.

Artists Decorate Elevator at Miami Hotel

ELEVATE elevator art Casa Claridge's MiamiThe Faena Arts District in Miami, which is undergoing renovations, gave the public a taste of what is coming when it invited three artists to decorate an elevator at the historic Casa Claridge’s Hotel in a project called ELEVATE.

ELEVATE was inaugurated for Miami Beach Art Basel 2014. Three artists have been given free reign to decorate the elevator at Casa Claridge’s however they saw fit. Cristina Lei Rodriguez created a mine with gold, and Consuelo Castaneda created a Mexican baroque cathedral.

The current elevator design was created by Typoe, a Miami-based graffiti artist. He painted all of the surfaces inside the elevator an inky black and covered them with colorful stickers, bric-a-brak he found in local gift shops, and old-fashioned letter magnets popular with children. His work is entitled Getting Up (2015).

The piece is intended to be intimate and immersive and to make the experience of riding in an elevator fun. Typoe has witnessed visitors riding the elevator up and down through all five floors simply to have an opportunity to play with the letters on the walls. The experience seems to suspend time and allow people to shut out everything else while they take it in.

ELEVATE reflects the discrete nature of elevators as utilitarian spaces hidden from view. The color, texture, and spirit of Typoe’s work stands in stark contrast to site-specific works of art. He sought to create an immersive experience by encouraging people to touch and play with the letters.

ELEVATE has gotten people excited about visiting the Faena Arts District, which will open soon with several buildings, including two hotels, three residential buildings, and a cultural space that was designed by Rem Koolhaas’s architecture firm, OMA. The project stretches from 32rd to 36th Streets along Collins Avenue. The grand opening is set for November. The Faena Group, which is named after founder Alan Faena, had success with a similar project in a formerly blighted area of Buenos Aires.

Man’s Videos Inspire Elevator Enthusiasts and People with Autism

Andrew Reams elevator videosFor Andrew Reams, an elevator ride as a toddler sparked a lifelong passion. When he was shopping with his mother in the Famous Barr & Co. department store in St. Louis, Missouri in the early 1980s, she picked him up and told him to press an elevator button. The doors opened like a “magic wall,” and a lifelong love of elevators was born.

Reams has spent his entire life researching elevators. He especially enjoys historic lifts. An antique elevator has operated since before the 1950s, while a vintage lift has been operating since before 1980. He enjoys the glass roofs, ornate iron castings, art deco styling, and other decorative features of historic elevators. Riding in old elevators makes Reams feel connected to the past and to other people who have ridden them before him. He has made trips to visit historic elevators across the United States.

Reams began recording videos of his trips with a camcorder and started uploading them on YouTube in 2006 using the handle “DieselDucy.” He didn’t expect them to generate much interest, but it turned out that many people around the world were just as fascinated by elevators as he was.

Posts to his YouTube channel are often viewed tens of thousands of times. A video of an elevator at the Kansas City Marriott from 2013 has been viewed over 80,000 times.

Reams estimates that he has recorded videos of over 3,000 elevators. Fans comment on almost all of his videos. He has connected with elevator companies, and some have given him special tours or donated items to the elevator museum he runs from his home.

Reams appears in his videos and narrates from behind the camera. He films the elevators, as well as the exteriors of buildings, and often includes building employees. He sometimes has to get creative to get access to areas that are closed to the general public. He has encountered people who were suspicious about his filming but quickly warmed up when he told them his purpose.

Reams has made friends among other elevator enthusiasts. Jacob Batcha runs The Elevator Channel, which has more than 8,000 subscribers. He and Reams often appear in each other’s videos.

Reams is fascinated by elevators because of their machinery, history, and design. He also has Asperger’s Syndrome, a form of autism. People with the condition often become fixated on things. In addition, Reams enjoys having control of a multi-sensory environment and believes other people with autism enjoy his videos for the same reason. The purpose of his “elevaTOURS” is to reach out to other people with autism and elevator enthusiasts.

He dreams of traveling to other countries to see their different forms of elevators. For now, however, Reams is content to continue documenting elevators in the United States.

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