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Taipei 101 Has World’s Fastest and Steadiest Elevators

Taipei 101Taipei 101 in Taiwan, formerly known as the Taipei World Financial Center, contains two elevators that hold the Guinness record for the world’s fastest elevator. They can travel at a speed of 37.6 miles per hour, transporting visitors from the 5th to the 89th floor in only 37 seconds.

The building’s spokesman said they are also the world’s steadiest elevators, saying that a coin can stand on its edge for the entire length of the trip. The elevators have tuned mass dampers, which reduce the effects of mechanical vibrations. They also have an atmospheric pressure regulatory system to prevent riders’ ears from “popping.”

The elevator braking system is constructed with the same materials as the outer layer of the space shuttle in order to withstand the extreme temperatures generated when stopping from such a high speed.

Taipei 101 includes 101 floors above ground and five floors underground. It was the world’s tallest building from the time of its construction in 2004 until the Burj Khalifa in Dubai was completed in 2010. A multi-level shopping mall with hundreds of stores, restaurants, and clubs adjoins the tower. It was designed to symbolize the evolution of technology and incorporates many traditional Asian elements in its design.

The Taipei 101 tower measures 1,667 feet from the ground to its spires. It also includes a countdown clock, which is displayed on New Year’s Eve, and a sundial. Taipei 101 was the first building to stand over a kilometer high. It was designed to be able to withstand strong typhoon winds and earthquakes.

In 2011, Taipei 101 earned the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Platinum certification, which is the highest award in the environmental rating scale. It is the tallest and largest green building in the world.

The Shard in London Named 2013 Best Tall Building in Europe

from the-shard.comThe Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat named The Shard, also known as London Bridge Tower and The Shard at London Bridge, as the best tall building in Europe in 2013.

The Shard is a skyscraper in London that forms part of the London Bridge Quarter development. It stands 1,004 feet tall with 73 floors above ground and three below. The building has 1.37 million square feet of interior space and includes office space, restaurants, apartments, and a hotel. It has a viewing gallery and open-air observation deck, The View from the Shard, on the 72nd floor at a height of 802 feet. The façade contains 11,000 panes of glass with 600,000 square feet of surface area. The skyscraper contains 44 elevators that can reach top speeds of 12.3 miles per hour.

The Shard currently holds the distinction of being the tallest building in the European Union. It is also the second-tallest free-standing structure in the United Kingdom, after the concrete tower at the Emley Moor transmitting station.

The building was designed by Italian architect Renzo Piano and developed by Sellar Property. Piano designed it to resemble a spire rising from the River Thames, inspired by church steeples and the masts of ships. The architect also intended to take advantage of nearby transportation systems, including railway lines. It was intended to help develop London Bridge Quarter as an economic, social, and cultural center in the capital. Construction began in 2009, and the building was completed in 2012.

The Bow Named 2013 Best Tall Building in the Americas

from skyscrapercenter.comThe Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat named The Bow in Calgary, Alberta, Canada the 2013 Best Tall Building in the Americas in its annual awards.

With 1.7 million square feet of office space, The Bow is Calgary’s largest office building. It serves as the headquarters of EnCana Corporation, North America’s second-largest producer of natural gas, and Cenovus Energy in downtown Calgary.

The building stands 779 feet tall, has 57 floors above ground and six below ground, and is the tallest office tower in Calgary and the tallest in Canada outside Toronto.

It includes two retail floors with 200,000 square feet of space. The building’s façade includes 900,000 square feet of glass. Fifteen skywalks connect the tower to neighboring buildings. The Bow’s design includes 39 elevators with top speeds of 14.5 miles per hour.

The Bow has the largest concrete foundation in Canada and the third largest in the world, after the Howard Hughes Center in Los Angeles and the Sama Tower (Al Durrah Tower) in Dubai. Its footprint is 190,000 square feet.

The tower was proposed in 2006 and constructed between 2007 and 2012. The building is called The Bow because of its crescent shape and view of the nearby Bow River. The building has been an early part of the redevelopment taking place in Calgary’s Downtown East Village.

The management company in charge of the project was Matthews Southwest of Texas. The building was designed by architects Foster + Partners from the United Kingdom and Zeidler Partnership Architects of Calgary.

The nearby historic York Hotel was demolished to make room for The Bow. A majority of the bricks from the old hotel were incorporated into the construction of the new office tower.

The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat gives awards every year for the best tall buildings in the Americas, Europe, Asia and Australasia, and the Middle East and Africa.

Gate Towers Welcome Visitors to Shams Abu Dhabi

GateTowers2Abu Dhabi’s Gate Towers, one of the Middle East’s largest developments, was recently completed.

The development, designed by American architecture firm Arquitectonica, consists of three residential towers connected by a skybridge. It is intended to serve as a gateway to welcome visitors to the Shams Abu Dhabi district, a newly-created land mass near the city’s Central Business District.

The first phase of construction began with the Sky and Sun towers, two elliptical buildings. The second phase consisted of construction of the Gate, a group of three towers connected by a curved skybridge. The 300-foot-long skybridge is a lintel containing 21 duplex penthouses with panoramic views from Abu Dhabi Island to the Arabian Gulf. The lintel glows at night and is visible from miles away. An oval courtyard containing residential and hotel towers is located behind the Gate Towers. The first half of the oval has been completed, and the second half will be constructed in the future.

The Gate Towers stand 781 feet tall, with the highest occupied point being 747 feet high. The buildings contain 66 floors above ground and three below. The towers’ six elevators can travel at speeds of 14 miles per hour. The buildings, which are made of reinforced concrete, contain over seven million square feet of floor space and 3,533 residential units, in addition to office and retail space and leisure facilities.

The development has won several awards and was a finalist in the Best Tall Building, Middle East and Africa category of the 2013 Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat Awards.

How to Prepare your Elevator for Harsh Weather

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If you are a building manager, it is important for you to know how to protect elevator equipment and occupants during bad weather. As a safety precaution, there are guidelines to follow for before, during, and after inclement weather.

When weather can be potentially hazardous, building managers need to take the proper precautions to help prevent elevator damage and protect the safety of the building occupants.

Initial Preparations

You should keep a diagram that shows the location of your elevators, car numbers, and the elevator phone number in the designated security area. Also keep your elevator company’s emergency phone number available. Before bad weather strikes, you should inspect the elevator machine room’s ventilation openings, windows, and doors for possible leakage areas. If any water leakage is found, prevent it from reaching electrical panels by installing metal splash guards around ventilation openings and weather stripping around any machine room doors that open to the outdoors.

Before a Storm Hits

If you know a storm is coming, there are steps that need to be taken immediately to prevent damage to the elevator elevator machine roomequipment. First, you should close all vents and openings at the top of the hoistway to prevent water from entering the elevator shaft. Next, barricade the machine room and be sure that no occupants are left in buildings that are reliant on elevators for egress. Enclosed elevators should be run to the center of the building, or to the top floor in a two-story building. Elevators that are exposed to the outdoors should be run to the floor below the top floor. Once the elevator cars are at the correct floor, shut them down with the keyed switch and close the doors to prevent unauthorized personnel from using the equipment. You should also place the mainline disconnect in the “off” position to completely remove power from the elevator.

During the Storm and After the Storm

Refrain from using an elevator at all during the storm. If water leaks in while the elevators are in use it could disable them and cause dangerous passenger entrapments. After the storm is over, check for water on the control panels or in the machine room before restoring the power. If you do find water, don’t resume operation of the elevators until the elevator service provider inspects it.

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