Changing roles, an airport contract and an achievement

A rendering of Lincoln Yards by Developer Sterling Bay: the approved plan includes fi ve towers that would be at least 500 ft. tall, including two just under 600 ft. and one at 650 ft.

TateossianPromotedto Senior VP of NEIP at HUB


John Tateossian has been promoted to senior vice president of the National Elevator Insurance Program (NEIP) of HUB International Ltd. Previously serving as fi rst vice president of NEIP, Tateossian is based at the Fort Lee, New Jersey, offi ce. He is responsible for NEIP management, day-to-day operations, staffi ng, production, marketing and client servicing nationwide. Holding an MBA from Rutgers and an undergraduate degree from Drew University, Tateossian previously was an underwriter for Chubb. A resident of Ramsey, New Jersey, Tateossian may be reached at john.tateossian@hubinternational.com.

Jackson Expands Role to VP of Sales for Vantage Group


Bob Jackson’s responsibilities as vice president of Courion have expanded to include vice president of Sales for Vantage Group. Jackson will play a pivotal role in sales development, focusing on improvements to the group’s sales structure, to better serve customers. A former board member of the National Association of Elevator Contractors, Jackson acquired Courion in 1997 with his business partner, Mike Garner, until Courion became the fi rst Vantage Group acquisition in December 2017. Jackson and his wife, Diana, are involved with several charities and nonprofi t organizations in Chicago and St. Louis.

Schindler Systems for SLC International Airport Expansion

Schindler is providing the elevators, escalators and moving walks for a US$3.6-billion expansion of the Salt Lake City International Airport (SLC) underway now, SLC Director of Communications & Marketing Nancy Volmer told ELEVATOR WORLD. CBS station KUTV said construction workers have begun installing 24 escalators in the new terminal building and South Concourse-West areas aft er SLC held a topping-off ceremony for the new terminal in May 2018. Th e new terminal is set to open in fall 2020, and is part of a larger overhaul being done in phases through 2024. Architecture fi rm HOK handled the design, which will aim for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Gold certifi cation from the U.S. Green Building Council.

47-Story Tower Set to Join Fort Lauderdale Skyline

The Related Group won approval from the City of Fort Lauderdale, Florida, to build a 499-ft .-tall, 47-story apartment tower across the street from its 43-story Icon Las Olas project that opened in 2017, the South Florida Sun Sentinel reported. Known as RD Las Olas, the tower will have 311 apartments, ground-level retail and nine stories for a parking garage. Construction is expected to start this summer aft er a bank on the site is demolished. RD Las Olas would join a growing skyline that includes the under-construction The Main Las Olas with two 25-story office towers and a 27-story apartment tower, and Riverparc Square, a 43-, 42- and 36-story tower project that was approved by city officials in 2018.

Gustav Wolf’s Georgia Facility Achieves ISO 9001 Status

The Rome, Georgia, facility of Germany-headquartered wire-rope manufacturer Gustav Wolf has been assessed and certifi ed as meeting the requirements of ISO 9001:2015 aft er a “rigorous audit” by SGS TÜV Saar. Th e certifi cation for manufacturing, assembling and distributing steel wire rope became eff ective on December 19, 2018. Gustav Wolf began manufacturing steel wire rope for the North American market in Rome in spring 2018 as Gustav Wolf USA, Inc., and has steadily expanded production capacity and workforce since. Crediting Quality Assurance Manager Wynne Clance in Rome and Chief Quality Officer Konrad Stahr in Germany, Gustav Wolf President/General Manager Richard Lindemeyer observed:

“The achievement shows our customers that the quality-management system we have put in place meets the highest standards and ensures that the elevator ropes made and delivered from Rome are world class.”

Chicago’s Lincoln Yards Passes Plan Commission Review

Crain’s Chicago Business reported in January that Lincoln Yards, the US$6-billion development that would transform 55 acres along the North Branch of the Chicago River, is closer to becoming reality aft er being approved by the Chicago Plan Commission. Th e meeting “included heated testimony from North Side residents” who wanted more review time, but the plan is moving forward with rezoning. Buildings as tall as 70 stories or 650 ft . are planned, though the acreage has been reduced from 70 (ELEVATOR WORLD, September 2018). However, a recent development has been the removal of a large soccer stadium in favor of more buildings and more density.

Next, developer Sterling Bay will need to pass through the Chicago City Council zoning and fi nance committees and the Chicago Community Development Commission as it approaches full city council approval. Crain’s said this is important before pro-development Mayor Rahm Emanuel leaves offi ce in May. Labor and construction group representatives have also been positive toward the project, which could create 10,000 temporary construction jobs and 24,000 permanent jobs, Sterling Bay estimated.

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