CLEVELAND, April 4, 2018 – 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 escalator modernization project at Tower City Rapid Station in Cleveland, Ohio.
The award-winning project, with its first phase completed in March 2016 and second phase completed in July 2016, features four escalator modernizations in the busy transit station. The Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority chose the KONE EcoMod™ solution was chosen for the project, as it delivered brand new escalator technology while retaining the original truss of the escalators. This allowed KONE to significantly upgrade the units, originally installed in the 1980’s, so that they could safely and efficiently move an average of 30,000 daily commuters.
“This Project of the Year award is a wonderful testament to how our KONE EcoMod solution makes the escalator modernization process easier for building owners,” said Larry Wash, executive vice president of KONE Americas. “This award is a great validation of our quality product, and this particular project is an example of how KONE provides a unique, tailored solution to meet customer needs.”
Because of time and space constraints, access challenges and the need for the station to remain open, full replacement of these escalator units was not an option. Thanks to the flexibility of KONE EcoMod, KONE was able to upgrade the escalators to robust, transit-grade units while the station remained open and foot traffic fluctuated from day to day.
This is KONE’s twelfth Project of the Year win since 2005 and the company’s seventh consecutive nod for the KONE EcoMod solution.
For more than a decade, Elevator World has recognized projects that highlight innovative design, special applications, or unique problem-solving solutions in vertical, horizontal, or inclined transportation. In order to be selected as a winner, each project is reviewed by a distinguished panel of industry specialists and judged on innovation, originality and creativity, as well as installation methods and techniques.
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