Elevators Bring Efficiency, Speed, and Style to 4 World Trade Center
September 8, 2014 - Elevators
The 977-foot tower that is 4 World Trade Center has 2.4 million square feet of leasable office and retail space throughout 72 floors. It has become a symbol of urban renewal in Downtown Manhattan since opening in November 2013. Tenants and visitors to the LEED Gold certified building will find a first-class mobility experience within the building, including 37 custom Schindler 7000 elevators (34 passenger cars with the company’s destination-dispatch system, and three high-rise service cars).
Custom glass PORT Technology destination-dispatch terminals integrate with the minimalist design of 4 World Trade Center and facilitate movement of tenants and guests. The technology functions as a two-way communication interface between occupants and the building’s environment to optimize traffic flow throughout the building with predictive call entry.
At 4 World Trade Center, this technology is integrated into the building’s lobby turnstiles and at each elevator entrance, allowing occupants to identify themselves and select their destination using pre-programmed access cards or the touch screen interface. The destination-dispatch technology then automatically directs the passenger to the elevator that will get them to their destination in the shortest time, using the least amount of energy
In addition, these high-rise elevators are some of the fastest in the world, reaching top speeds of up to 1,800 feet per minute, but are still energy efficient. The high-rise elevators use frequency-controlled motors and feature Power Factor 1 drives that reduce energy consumption by up to 35 percent compared to standard drives and regenerate energy back into the building’s electrical system. The Power Factor 1 drive also generates less heat.
The company also provided 4 World Trade Center with two custom hydraulic elevators, two geared service elevators, and six 9300 Advanced Edition escalators to transport passengers to two separate retail areas serving the building. The six escalators feature an optimized drive system that matches the energy requirements for each unit, reducing overall energy costs. These escalators join the building to a retail concourse linking the entire World Trade Center site.
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