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InTempo Skyscraper Really Does Have Elevators

InTempo elevatorsA story has been making the rounds online about a skyscraper in Spain that was supposedly built without any elevator shafts, but the claim has been proven to be inaccurate since it originally came out nearly two years ago.

The 47-story InTempo building, the tallest residential tower in Europe, was constructed in the Benidorm Spanish beach resort on the Mediterranean Sea. It was designed by Spanish architect Roberto Perez Guerras.

Spanish newspaper El Pais wrote an article in August 2013 that claimed that the plans for the building were changed from 20 to 47 floors and that the new design did not include any elevator shafts. The article alleged that workers had been injured on the job and forced to work without pay. It also said that other problems had occurred that were causing the construction process to be delayed.

Several other news outlets picked up the story. The New York Daily News wrote that it would be impossible to add elevators because of the way the building was designed and constructed.

The developer denied the allegations. Rafael Ballesta, sales manager for the Edificio InTempo residential towers, said that the building clearly needed and had elevators and that the story was ridiculous. He reported that the towers had six elevators. The InTempo Twitter page also said that the building had elevators and elevator shafts. Raquel Lopez, a Spanish journalist, went to the InTempo building, rode in an elevator, and posted pictures and content on her blog.

Construction of the InTempo building was completed in March 2014. At that time, 120 of its 269 luxury apartments had been sold.

Residents of High-Rise Towers Have Long Elevator Commutes

World_One_MumbaiHigh-rise towers are becoming increasingly common around the world as symbols of wealth and prestige. Many people are attracted to the idea of living in apartments high above cities with impressive views. One feature that people who are looking for a home in a tall building need to consider is the amount of time they would spend traveling to and from their apartments in elevators.

A recent study looked at the heights of several high-rise buildings to calculate the number of “elevator miles logged” by residents of top-floor apartments. In many cases, the annual trips in an elevator can top hundreds of miles.

Mumbai’s World One Tower is expected to become the world’s tallest residential tower at 1,450 feet when it is completed in 2016. A person who lives on the top floor and who goes down and back up once a day would travel about 200 miles per year. Traveling down and back up twice a day (such as to run errands) would add up to 400 miles per year, which is equivalent to about eight hours spent in a car.

Residents who live at the top of the 1,397-foot-tall building at 432 Park Avenue in New York City who make two roundtrips per day would travel 356 elevator miles per year, which is roughly equal to two trips to the Hamptons and back. A resident of a three-story apartment building would travel less than 10 miles per year.

Builders and architects are competing to produce taller and taller buildings equipped with faster elevators. Currently the world’s fastest elevators are in Taipei’s 101 Tower, which can travel at speeds of 55 feet per second. Elevators planned for China’s Guangzhou CTF Finance Center will travel at top speeds of 66 feet per second (4,000 feet per minute).

Elevators in high-rise buildings use technology such as polyurethane-coated belts and advanced alloys in their braking systems. High-speed elevators require large amounts of space for their motors, which can create challenges for building designers.

Many high-rise buildings use express elevators that carry passengers to lobbies and local elevators to take them to other floors. However, some buildings are too narrow to accommodate this type of system.

People who are considering renting or buying apartments in high-rise towers should consider the design and speed of the elevator systems when making a decision.

Should You Choose a Traditional or Contemporary Elevator for Your Home?

home elevatorMore and more homeowners are recognizing the benefits of installing elevators in their homes. An elevator can improve mobility and make all of the rooms in a home accessible to a person who has trouble using the stairs or who gets around in a wheelchair. An elevator can also be helpful for everyday tasks, such as carrying laundry to and from the basement or transporting groceries to the kitchen. In addition, an elevator can increase a home’s value.

If you are considering installing an elevator in your home, you have many options. Traditional elevators are hydraulic or cable-driven models similar to commercial elevators. Contemporary pneumatic, or vacuum, elevators use changes in air pressure to move the cab up and down. Each has its advantages.

A traditional cable-driven or hydraulic elevator is generally larger and has a greater weight capacity than a pneumatic model. Traditional elevators are usually able to transport wheelchairs. A traditional elevator can often be tucked away in an inconspicuous location behind a door.

Contemporary vacuum elevators tend to be smaller than traditional lifts. Some pneumatic elevators can transport a wheelchair, while others are too small. The weight capacities tend to be smaller than those of traditional elevators. Unlike cable-driven and hydraulic elevators, vacuum elevators are attached to a balcony or travel through a hole in the floor. While this eliminates the need for a pit and machine room, it means that the elevator will be out in the open, clearly visible to anyone who visits the house. Many homeowners like this aspect of their design, as well as the clear panels that offer a panoramic view of a home’s interior.

The type of elevator you choose will depend to a large extent on the design of your home. A traditional elevator will be more appropriate for an older home, while a contemporary pneumatic elevator will be more appropriate for a modern house. The choice will also depend on the amount of space you have available, as well as your personal preference.

Do Elevator Door Close Buttons Really Work?

elevator door close buttonHumans in modern society have been conditioned to expect instant rewards when we push buttons. In most cases, such as when ordering a product from a vending machine, pressing a button brings about the desired result. However, some “placebo” buttons are designed to placate people and actually serve no purpose.

One example is door close buttons in elevators. In many elevators installed after 1990, when the Americans with Disabilities Act was passed, the buttons don’t actually make the doors close any faster. In some elevators, the button can only be used by emergency personnel and requires a key. In some cases, the user must hold the button longer than most people attempt.

There are several reasons why the buttons might not work in older elevators. They might not have been hooked up in the first place, they could be set to a delay, they could have been deactivated by the building’s owner, or they might have broken and never been fixed because the doors closed anyway and no one complained.

Whether you press the button or not, the doors will close on their own. If you press the button and the doors close, you associate the two, even though pressing the button didn’t really cause the doors to close.

Buttons in elevators are not the only common types of placebo buttons. Buttons at crosswalks used to allow people to make the lights change, but most have long since been disabled. Most cities found that it would have been expensive to replace or remove them, so they just left them there, even though they no longer serve any purpose.

Thermostats on the walls in many office buildings don’t control the temperature. Many business owners have HVAC technicians install thermostats that aren’t connected to anything to make employees think they are controlling the temperature and to avoid costing the business more money.

Placebo buttons are all around us. We have become so conditioned to expect rewards for our actions that we often associate an effect with our action, even when the action did nothing to produce the effect. Remember that the next time you are tempted to press the door close button in an elevator.

Is a Glass Elevator Large Enough for a Wheelchair?

glass elevator wheelchairLimited mobility doesn’t need to keep you, a family member, or customers from using all the rooms in your home or business. Many elevators are large enough to fit a wheelchair. A glass elevator can offer an attractive, panoramic view of your building’s interior as a person travels from floor to floor.

A pneumatic elevator can transport a person in a wheelchair up and down by using changes in air pressure to move the cab. The Vision 550 is our largest pneumatic glass elevator model. It has a compact design and a cab that measures 52 inches in diameter, making it large enough for a wheelchair. The Vision 550 can carry up to 525 pounds and can make up to four stops in a house. It can attach to a balcony or travel through a hole in the floor and does not require a pit or machine room.

The Visi-48 is another glass elevator that has a cab large enough for a wheelchair. This cable-driven elevator has a unique octagonal design that is 48 inches across at its widest point. It has 11.9 square feet of interior space and can transport up to 744 pounds. The Visi-48 can travel up to five stops in a residential building or two stops in a commercial structure. It can attach to a balcony or travel through a hole in the floor and does not require a pit or machine room.

If you would like a larger glass elevator to make your home or business wheelchair accessible, the Visi-58 is the solution. This round cable-driven elevator has a diameter of 58 inches and 13.4 square feet of interior space. It can travel up to five stops in a home and two stops in a commercial building. The Visi-58 has a weight capacity of 830 pounds. It can also travel through a hole in the floor or attach to a balcony and does not require a pit or machine room.

Don’t let limited mobility keep you, a family member, or customers from having full access at your home or business. A glass elevator can make your building wheelchair accessible and offer passengers panoramic views.

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