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KONE EcoMod™ Escalator Modernization at San Diego Convention Center Named Elevator World’s Project of the Year

Press Release Published 01/27/2020

LISLE, Ill. Jan. 27, 2020 – KONE, a global leader in the elevator and escalator industry, has received top honors in Elevator World magazine’s “Project of the Year” for its modernization of the San Diego Convention Center, the premiere gathering place and conference center serving thousands on a daily basis in more than two-million square feet over three floors.

The award-winning project, completed in just two years, was the culmination of more than five years of close collaboration with facility leaders to develop a four-phase plan to modernize the equipment. The successful installation of eight KONE EcoMod escalators leveraged original trusses (frames), proving to be both a solid investment for the customer and far less disruptive than demolition would have been inside the facility. The final product delivers updated controls, safety features and code compliance, and touts modern aesthetics for this world-class facility which hosts marquee annual events like Comic-Con.

“We are thrilled this demonstration of KONE modernization project leadership was given such high accolades by Elevator World,” says Larry Wash, executive vice president, KONE Americas. “We look forward to bringing smart building solutions like KONE EcoMod to even more projects and customers across the Americas in the years to come.”

For more than a decade, Elevator World has recognized top projects through extensive judging and selection by a panel of experts on various categories including innovation, originality and creativity, challenges overcome, installation methods and techniques and the use of advanced technology.

For more information on the San Diego Convention Center modernization project, please visit

About KONE

At KONE, our mission is to improve the flow of urban life. As a global leader in the elevator and escalator industry, KONE provides elevators, escalators and automatic building doors, as well as solutions for maintenance and modernization to add value to buildings throughout their life cycle. Through more effective People Flow®, we make people's journeys safe, convenient and reliable, in taller, smarter buildings. In 2020, KONE had annual sales of EUR 9.9 billion, and at the end of the year over 60,000 employees. KONE class B shares are listed on the Nasdaq Helsinki Ltd. in Finland.

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Kevin Metz


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