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Kaija Wilkinson

Elevator World Associate Editor

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Feat of Engineering

By Kaija Wilkinson | November 1, 2017
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Hong Kong local authority taps Anlev to replace world’s longest covered escalator system, a main transportation artery and attraction in itself. Traversing a hillside between Hong Kong Island’s Central and Western districts, the Mid-Level Escalator Link (MLEL) is a remarkable sight that offers a one-of-a-kind experience. Thousands of residents use it every day, and, since…

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Interlift 2017: The Place to Be

By Kaija Wilkinson | October 1, 2017
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The world’s leading VT trade fair promises to be bigger and more international than ever before. Since its founding 26 years ago, Interlift continues to grow, setting new records every year. With tens of thousands of visitors expected to descend on Messe Augsburg in Augsburg, Germany, on October 17-20, it is, without question, the must-attend…

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The View from Above

By Kaija Wilkinson | October 1, 2017
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A close-up look at the world’s future tallest building, Jeddah Tower, was a highlight of CTBUH Executive Director Antony Wood’s visit to Jeddah and Dubai. photos courtesy of CTBUH Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) Executive Director Dr. Antony Wood visited Dubai and Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, in May to explore the possibility of…

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Industry Dialogue: Frank Christensen

By Kaija Wilkinson | September 1, 2017
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IUEC General President Frank Christensen shares his thoughts on compensation, training and transparency, as well as the current state of the union. International Union of Elevator Constructors (IUEC) General President Frank Christensen is many things: laborer, leader, athlete, teacher, student, family man and advocate for the workforce, children and the less fortunate. Christensen, a star…

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Company Spotlight: 2N TELEKOMUNIKACE

By Kaija Wilkinson | September 1, 2017
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From its Prague headquarters, 2N has become number one in IP security systems worldwide. Headquartered in Prague, Czech Republic, 2N TELEKOMUNIKACE a.s. has grown exponentially from its original three founders to number one in IP security systems worldwide, with more than 240 employees and offices in the U.S., Germany, Italy and the U.K. Europe is…

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Florida-Style

Florida Style

By Kaija Wilkinson | September 1, 2017
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IGV and Otis share insight about the thriving market. Florida is hot, and not just temperature–wise. It is also a bastion of construction activity, including that of tall buildings such as the luxury condominiums that continue to multiply in Miami/Ft. Lauderdale/West Palm Beach. The Miami skyline is transforming, and projects tend to share qualities such…

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“Maximum Appeal” in Hollywood

By Kaija Wilkinson | September 1, 2017
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Elevator exemplifies the work Lift Shop/Elevator Boutique does for high-end homes in L.A. and beyond. Since opening its Los Angeles branch, Elevator Boutique, in 2012 in the West Hollywood Design District, Australia’s Lift Shop (liftshop.com.au) has grown into a go-to provider of high-end, custom lifts for celebrity and other upscale homes. Working with an Italian…

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Market Trends: Trending Up

By Kaija Wilkinson | August 1, 2017
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From Southern California to Washington State, a West Coast construction boom that is transforming skylines means plenty of work for VT companies. Fueled in large part by the technology boom, construction markets in cities on the U.S. West Coast are robust. The most noteworthy tall-building construction is taking place in these cities’ downtowns, where supertall…

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“REDI” for the Future

By Kaija Wilkinson | July 1, 2017
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EW gets an inside look at how KONE is designing an intuitive, smart system for landmark Helsinki development. Northwest of downtown Helsinki in former container-shipping area Kalasatama, an energy simmers. At the heart of it is the REDI Living Lab, located in a four-story former gas-treatment plant built in 1908, adjacent to a microbrewery and…

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Always in Style

By Kaija Wilkinson | July 1, 2017
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Stockmann’s flagship store in downtown Helsinki, and its KONE VT system, have been welcoming shoppers since 1930. There was a time in the U.S. when large, multistory department stores, such as New Orleans’ D.H. Holmes, were king. Meeting under the D.H. Holmes clock on Canal Street was a tradition. It is here, in fact, where…

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