KONE Corporation, press release, May 16,
KONE, a global leader in the elevator and escalator industry, has
won an order to provide elevators for a 54-story tower at 110 North
Wacker Drive in the Chicago Loop business district. The project
marks the North American debut of KONE UltraRope®, a revolutionary
elevator hoisting technology that sets a new benchmark for
The super-light rope provides unrivalled elevator
eco-efficiency, reliability and durability while also improving
elevator performance. KONE UltraRope can enable elevator travel
heights of up to one kilometer (3,300 feet).
"This groundbreaking solution supports the design of more
sustainable, higher-performance buildings that are better equipped
to meet the demands of the urban environments of tomorrow," says
Larry Wash, executive vice president, KONE Americas. "KONE
UltraRope and our combination of smart building technologies will
help deliver a superior ride experience worthy of this world-class
The tower will be approximately 244 meters (800 feet) in
height and contain 149,000 square meters (1.6 million square feet)
of space, alongside exceptional amenities. KONE will provide 30
traction elevators and 10 turnstiles for the project.
Specifically, the building will house 24 KONE Mini-Space(TM)
passenger elevators with high performance cars: the elevators will
operate at speeds of up to eight meters per second (1,600 feet per
minute). Also included will be the following smart building
solutions: KONE Destination, KONE Access, KONE InfoScreens, KONE
RemoteCall(TM) and fully-integrated KONE Turnstiles that assign an
elevator at the point of entry through the building's smart
KONE will also provide four energy-efficient machine room-less
passenger elevators, and two service elevators. The service
elevators are innovative, 3,600-kg (8,000-lb.) units, which travel
at speeds of up to six meters per second (1,200 feet per minute)
and feature KONE UltraRope.
KONE is tentatively scheduled to begin elevator installation
during Q1 of 2019 and be complete in Q4 of 2020. 110 North Wacker
Drive is scheduled for completion in Q4 of 2020.
The project is a joint development between owners The Howard
Hughes Corporation and Riverside Investment & Development
Company. Goettsch Partners is the project architect. Clark
Construction Group - Chicago, LLC, is the general
KONE booked the order in the first quarter of 2018.
For further information, please
Liisa Kivelä, Director, Communications, KONE Corporation, tel.
+358 204 75 4330. firstname.lastname@example.org
At KONE, our mission is to improve the flow of urban life. As
a global leader in the elevator and escalator industry, KONE
provides elevators, escalators and automatic building doors, as
well as solutions for maintenance and modernization to add value to
buildings throughout their life cycle. Through more effective
People Flow®, we make people's journeys safe, convenient and
reliable, in taller, smarter buildings. In 2017, KONE had annual
net sales of EUR 8.9 billion, and at the end of the year over
55,000 employees. KONE class B shares are listed on the Nasdaq
Helsinki Ltd. in Finland.