Ongoing Jobs Lerch Bates, Otis move forward on projects.
DIA’s Elevators and Escalators Near Completion
Lerch Bates Inc., designer of the elevator, escalator and façade-access systems of the US$544-million Denver International Airport (DIA) expansion (EW, May 2013), reported on the project in July. Installation of the 16 elevators and 11 escalators for the DIA Hotel and Transit Center Program was nearing completion. Work includes 60-ft.-long escalators with unique, large-scale light art by Yann Kersalé above them. The Hotel and Transit Center Program consists of three physically integrated projects, including the construction of a 519-room Westin hotel, Regional Transportation District (RTD) commuter rail and bus transit center that is expected to serve more than 18,000 rail passengers daily and a public plaza that will feature entertainment, art exhibits, restaurants and more. The 22.8-mi.long, under-construction RTD East Rail Line will connect the new commuter rail station with downtown Denver.
DIA is the nation’s fifth-busiest airport with more than 53 million passengers traveling through it annually. The Westin hotel portion of the project is scheduled to open on November 19. Commuter rail service is to begin in 2016.
Otis Modernization at Pitt Progresses The modernization of the elevator system in the historic 43-story Cathedral of Learning on the University of Pittsburgh’s main campus in Pennsylvania (EW, October 2014) is progressing, with The Pitt News reporting over the summer that two of eight elevators were complete and an additional two were due to be finished by October. The US$10.44-million upgrade, which includes destination dispatch, is scheduled to be complete in spring 2016. Otis officials have been onsite teaching passengers how to use the destination-dispatch system.
Lerch Bates said that part of its vertical-transportation design for the DIA expansion project is “three colossal five-story escalators that connect the transit center on level one with the public plaza on level five.”
www.elevatorworld.com • October 2015