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thyssenkrupp is currently putting the finishing touches on the installation of 30 elevators and 2 escalators that will serve 52 floors at River Point, a new office tower located on a prime piece of property overlooking the Chicago River.

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thyssenkrupp is currently putting the finishing touches on the installation of 30 elevators and 2 escalators that will serve 52 floors at River Point, a new office tower located on a prime piece of property overlooking the Chicago River.

The 730-ft.-tall, 1.1 million square foot project was developed by Ivanhoe Cambridge and Hines and the building’s design was conceived by architect, Pickard Chilton. Lendlease Corporation handled the construction and Persohn/Hahn Associates Inc. of New Braunfels, Texas, served as the elevator system consultant.

The system includes multiple machine rooms: two for the service elevators (as they are staggered at the top of the building), one for the high-rise elevators, one for the mid-rise elevators and two for the low-rise elevators (located on two levels). The garage elevators and all single-unit elevators each have their own machine room.

thyssenkrupp momentum elevators will serve the second floor, six 16-stop, low-rise elevators serve floors 9-23 traveling at 800 fpm; the 15-stop seven mid-rise elevators, floors 23-36 traveling at 800 fpm; and the eight 16-stop high-rise elevators, floors 35-50 traveling at 1,400 fpm. A pair of service elevators, also momentum, make 51 and 52 stops and have capacities of 5000 and 8000 lb. They travel at 700 fpm and make 51 and 52 stops. A pair of 27-ft.-long Velino heavy-duty escalators will carry passengers to and from the lobby.

Read more about this project and industry trends in Chicago in Elevator World 


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