Schindler has received the Elevator World 2016 “Project of the Year” Award in the elevator modernization category for its work upgrading the elevator system at the Great Eagle Centre in Hong Kong.
The Elevator World awards are meant to honor outstanding achievements in design innovation and special applications of approaches to solve problems or overcome unique challenges. Projects are reviewed based on creativity, challenges they needed to overcome, installation methods and techniques, use of advanced technology, and quality of presentation.
The Great Eagle Centre is an iconic 33-story office and retail building located in the popular Wan Chai commercial district in Hong Kong. The building, which is adjacent to the Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Centre, was completed in 1983.
The team from Schindler modernized 14 elevators that had previous generation Aconic controllers and motor-generator sets. They installed new controllers, gearless machines, high-efficiency regenerative gearless drives with Power Factor One (PF1) inverters, and PORT Technology, a modern intelligent transit management system that improves traffic efficiency and gives tenants a smooth riding experience.
The modernization project began in October 2013 and was finished in May 2015. The work caused minimal disruption to the building’s tenants. Schindler’s main challenge was to upgrade the elevators while not affecting overall elevator operations. The company accomplished this through precise planning and close coordination with the customer.
Schindler is honored that its work on the Great Eagle Centre was recognized for the Elevator World award. Jujudhan Jena, the chief executive of Jardine Schindler Group, said it is a testament to Schindler’s dedication to enhancing customer experience and providing premium service.