ATLANTA — Thyssenkrupp Elevator has announced the completion of the tallest elevator test tower in North America.
The firm’s 420-foot Innovation and Qualification Center (IQC) is located in Atlanta.
The IQC and adjacent corporate headquarters are both on schedule for completion in 2021, noted a May 18 release, with final move-in by early 2022. Both the IQC and headquarters are being built on property owned by the Braves Development Company.
The tower was undertaken using slip-form construction, which involves a moving formwork system being set down on the foundation with concrete being placed on a continuous basis, the release explained. The construction process is relatively rare in the U.S. but is popular in Europe, noted the statement — it was the process used for Thyssenkrupp’s 800-foot-tall elevator test tower in Rottweil, Germany.
Contractor for the tower is Brasfield & Gorrie. Subcontractor Gleitbau — Salzburg provided the design, engineering and oversight over the slip-form construction process.
The core of the test tower in Atlanta was built up at a rate of more than seven feet per day and was completed ahead of schedule in 57 days.
“The completion of the IQC slip-form process is an important moment in our company’s history as it not only symbolizes a brighter future for our organization and the local community, but will be a beacon of engineering excellence that will help transform an industry in need of modern innovations,” said Kevin Lavallee, CEO of Thyssenkrupp Elevator North America, in the release.
With 18 shafts, the elevator test tower will be used to test new products, including high-speed elevators and TWIN, Thyssenkrupp’s elevator system that features two cabins working independently in one shaft. The IQC will also test MULTI, the ropeless and sideways-moving elevator system.
The IQC will feature a complete glass exterior facade, allowing visitors to view operations.