The Empire State Building in New York

Original lift supplier returns to Empire State Building

Otis Elevator Company has been chosen to refurbish and modernise the lifts in the world-famous Empire State Building.

The upgrade is the final component of the $550m Empire State ReBuilding renovation and modernisation programme. The building is undergoing a major sustainability retrofit that is intended to demonstrate how older buildings can be as efficient and cutting edge as modern ones.

Otis says that through the use of its Compass Destination Management system, the 68 modernised lifts will transport close to 10 million tenants and office and observatory visitors each year to their destinations up to 20-40 per cent faster than conventional elevators in other modern commercial buildings.

The company will install ReGen drives to improve efficiency and return regenerated energy to the building grid, reducing elevator energy usage by up to 30 per cent.Although most of the new lease-holders in the repurposed building have yet to take up occupancy, the work will be scheduled to minimise disruption.

“Otis designed and installed the original elevator system for the Empire State Building and we are thrilled, on the building’s 80th anniversary, to have been chosen to help make it one of the most modern and energy efficient office buildings in the world,” said Didier Michaud-Daniel, president of Otis Elevator Company. The project is the largest in the company’s history.

Consulting, design and construction partners Clinton Climate Initiative, Johnson Controls Inc., Jones Lang LaSalle, NYSERDA and Rocky Mountain Institute, recently completed an eight-month modelling and analysis project that will save 38 per cent of the building’s energy and $4.4m a year.

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