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News from World Elevator---August 16

THYSSENKRUPP WINS TORONTO AIRPORT MAINTENANCE CONTRACT

thyssenkrupp has been awarded a five-year contract to maintain more than 350 elevators and escalators and two accelerated moving walks at Toronto Pearson International Airport. In announcing the deal, thyssenkrupp described how the pair of Express Walkway high-speed moving walks installed at the airport in 2009 led to the creation of ACCEL, which uses Transrapid magnetic train technology to reduce gate-connection times by up to 70%. thyssenkrupp states 19 million Toronto Airport passengers to date have benefited from using Express Walkway, which enables passengers to walk at up to 12 kph.

TEXAS DEVELOPERS HOPE TO BUILD AUSTIN’S TALLEST

At 850 ft., a Gensler-designed, mixed-use tower planned by San Antonio developer Lynd Development Partners and Dallas-based Lincoln Property Group at West Sixth and Guadalupe streets in downtown Austin, Texas, would be the city's tallest structure, the Austin American-Statesman reports. The current vision is for 62 stories, but that could increase to more than 70 stories, according to Lynd. Austin's soon-to-be-tallest building is The Independent, a 58-story condominium tower that will stand 685 ft. The new tallest could break ground within the year, taking approximately four years to build out. It would have more than 500,000 sq. ft. of office space, more than 300 apartments and ground-level retail.

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