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Kaija Wilkinson

Elevator World Associate Editor

Cautiously-Optimistic

“Cautiously Optimistic”

By Kaija Wilkinson | March 1, 2019
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OEMs and independents paint a picture of the Midwest that reveals market trends that promise to drive steady growth for years to come. Chicago has three of the 10 tallest buildings in the U.S.: 875 North Michigan Avenue (formerly John Hancock Center), Aon Center and Willis Tower. These buildings are 1,128 ft. tall, built in…

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Journey Back to Dignity

By Kaija Wilkinson | March 1, 2019
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Vulcan, the world’s largest cast-iron statue in Birmingham, Alabama, has been lovingly restored to include an elevator that, for some, is the main attraction. Eight-year-old Elijah and his grandfather visit Vulcan nearly every weekend if weather permits. Overlooking the city of Birmingham, Alabama, from its perch atop Red Mountain, the world’s largest cast-iron statue representing…

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First-Class

First Class

By Kaija Wilkinson | February 1, 2019
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D&D’s Elevator Learning Center, like Yonkers itself, is one of a kind. Expect the unexpected from Yonkers. New York’s fourth-largest city with a history dating to the 1600s, Yonkers enjoyed a robust role in industry in the 1800s and 1900s. It was here the world’s first completely synthetic plastic, Bakelite, was invented, where much of…

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Dreamweaver

Dreamweaver

By Kaija Wilkinson | February 1, 2019
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Inspired by nature, Gaudí designed a one-of-a-kind elevator for a one-of-a-kind house. Nestled on a street known as Apple of Discord in Barcelona, Spain, Casa Batlló is a house borne of romance and imagination. It was designed by Antoni Gaudí, a Catalan architect active in the early 1900s who arguably shares more with the folk…

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Elevator Installation Robot Among “Award of Excellence” Winners

By Kaija Wilkinson | February 1, 2019
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Schindler’s Robotics Installation System for Elevators (R.I.S.E), part of a robotics research collaboration with the Council on Tall buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) (ELEVATOR WORLD, December 2018), is among CTBUH’s 2019 Award of Excellence winners. Including tall buildings, urban contributions, technologies and innovations, the winners now move on to compete in front of a live…

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More-Than-Math

More Than Math

By Kaija Wilkinson | December 1, 2018
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In this Industry Dialogue, Dr. Bruce Powell provides insight about himself, his illustrious career and the state of the VT industry today. Dr. Bruce Powell is a math nerd, sure, but with the clever, subtle-yet-blunt sense of humor of a right- brained comedian. He began his distinguished career at Westinghouse’s R&D center in the 1960s,…

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Raising the Bar

By Kaija Wilkinson | November 1, 2018
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In this Industry Dialogue, ATIS Field Operations Director Charlie Slater discusses the state of the elevator-inspection industry. Growing up in Tampa, Charlie Slater envisioned himself becoming an astrophysicist. The son of an elevator-industry man who ran installation, service, panel-shop and, finally, inspection company A-1, Slater came into the business at a very young age, working…

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An Ecosystem of Partners

By Kaija Wilkinson | October 1, 2018
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Schindler executive talks about what differentiates its digital connection platform. Riding the Internet of Things (IoT) wave like all OEMs striving to stay current, Schindler released its digital connection platform Schindler Ahead in 2017 (ELEVATOR WORLD, June 2017). Since that time, the platform has expanded well beyond its pilot markets. Its capability is now built…

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The Care and Feeding of Escalators and Moving Walks

By Kaija Wilkinson | October 1, 2018
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In this Industry Dialogue, an expert shares his informed opinions with EW. If anybody knows escalators and moving walks, it’s Ken Smith. Running consultancy Ken Smith & Associates out of the tiny town of Preston, Iowa, Smith is a mechanical engineer who has been involved in the industry for more than 30 years. Since 2000,…

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Going-Up

Going Up

By Kaija Wilkinson | September 1, 2018
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Players in the Canadian VT industry talk challenges, trends. Business is good for The Peelle Co., which is headquartered just outside Toronto in Brampton, Ontario, and provides its freight elevator doors to clients throughout Canada, North America and the world. Peelle just added passenger-elevator doors to its product mix, and the company expects to sell…

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