Groundbreaking For Canada’s Future Tallest Tower

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Welcome to the Elevator World News Podcast. This week’s news podcast is sponsored by GROUNDBREAKING FOR CANADA’S FUTURE TALLEST TOWER Sam Mizrahi, president of Mizrahi Developments, presided over an official groundbreaking on October 5 for The One, an 82-story, 306.3-m-tall mixed-use building at 1 Bloor Street West in Toronto that will be Canada’s tallest, UrbanToronto reports. Designed by London-based Foster+Partners with Core Architects, The One will contain a five-story podium with retail and restaurants and hotel rooms and condominium units above. There will be a sky lobby on the sixth level for hotel guests and residents, and a landscaped terrace with a pool atop the podium for residents. Completion is anticipated in 2022. IN MEMORIAM: JOHN WATHEN John Wathen, who cofounded London-based Apex Lift and Escalator Engineers Ltd. in 1970, passed away on September 8. Wathen worked as a lift tester until his retirement in 2003. With his comprehensive knowledge, expertise and attention to detail, Wathen was widely viewed as a leading lift tester and was an inspiration to many young engineers. Apex Managing Director Warren Jenchner said Wathen was integral to the growth of the company, while retired Production Director Mick Holderness said he will always remember Wathen's toolbox jacket and how heavy it was. The company extends its sympathy to Wathen’s children, Helen, David and Robert, and his grandchildren, stating Wathen “will always be in our memory and a treasured part of Apex's proud history." HUDSON YARDS’ SECOND TALLEST NOW GOOD TO GO IN NYC New York City (NYC)-based Tishman Speyer bought air rights for US$157 million from the Hudson Yards Development Corp., paving the way for the 65-story, US$3.2-billion The Spiral, which will be the second-tallest building in NYC’s Hudson Yards development, The Architect’s Newspaper reports. Designed by Bjarke Ingels Group, the building will feature a ribbon of green in the form of landscaped terraces that spiral around it. Pharmaceutical company Pfizer will be the anchor tenant, having leased 800,000 sq. ft. CROISSIERT RETIRING AFTER LONG CAREER Rafael Croissiert, vice president of sales and project management at National Elevator Cab & Door Corp. of New York City, is retiring after 37 years with the company. He began his career with Otis in 1966 and previously served as vice president of Velis Associates of Lindenhurst, New York. National states Croissiert "looks forward to relaxing and spending time with his family, while staying active and living life to the fullest." Image Credit: image by Craig White Subscribe to the Podcast: iTunes│Google Play | SoundCloud│Stitcher│TuneIn

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