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KONE to Supply 77 Escalators for Nanchang Metro

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KONE has won a contract to deliver 77 escalators to Metro Line 3 in Nanchang, the capital and largest city of Jiangxi Province in southeastern China, the company announced in April. Nanchang metro already has two lines in service and two under construction, with a fifth line planned. Line 3 will be 28.5 km long, traveling between the city’s southern and northern sections. KONE will equip seven of the line’s 22 underground stations, from Qingshan Road station to Jingdong Avenue station, with 77 Transit Master™ 140 escalators. The line is expected to handle 50,000 passengers a day, connecting with the system’s other lines through transferring stations. The project is being developed by the China Railway Electrification Engineering Group Co., Shanghai Branch. Completion is expected by the end of 2020.

CTBUH Publishes VT Primer for Building Owners, Designers

Noting that vertical transportation (VT) has recently seen “more innovation and change than ever before,” the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) has published Vertical Transportation: A Primer with the objective of providing basic knowledge “to those involved in the design of buildings.” Targeted at building owners, developers and architects, the primer will help the design process “by affording stakeholders greater knowledge, so as to ask informed questions and efficiently gain insights from vertical-transportation experts.” The hope is that readers will use the knowledge “to be more creative as buildings become taller.”

The publication is divided into nine sections: “The Tall Building — Vertical Transportation Interface”; “Elevator Capacity Planning and Shaft Arrangements”; “Critical Issues Affecting Vertical Transportation Performance”; “Digital Elevator Evolution”; “Elevator Design, Testing and Implementation — Case Study: Guangzhou CTF Finance Centre”; “Fire and Evacuation: The Role of Elevators”; “Installation”; “Escalators and Their Relevance to Tall Buildings”; and “Conclusion.”

The primer, available only as a download, can be purchased for US$30 at bit.ly/3dI1KIG. CTBUH individual and organizational members are eligible for a discount.

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