Hong Kong, 24th November 2015 - Schindler has been awarded the Elevator World 2016 "Project of the Year" in the category of Elevator Modernization for the modernization of the elevator system of the Great Eagle Centre in Hong Kong. The Elevator World awards honour outstanding achievements in innovative design, special application or approach that have solved a major problem or overcome a unique challenge. Submitted projects were reviewed based on creativity, the challenges that were overcome, installation methods and techniques, the use of advanced technology, and overall quality of presentation.
Completed in 1983, the 33-storey Great Eagle Centre is an iconic office and retail building in Hong Kong. Schindler modernized 14 elevators across three elevator zones.
"We are honored that our elevator modernization work in the Great Eagle Centre project was recognized as the "Project of the Year" by Elevator World. This award is a testament to Schindler's unrelenting dedication to enhancing customer experience and delivering best-in-class technology and premium quality service," says Jujudhan Jena, Chief Executive of Jardine Schindler Group.
The 33-storey Great Eagle Centre, an iconic office and retail building in the popular Wan Chai commercial district, adjacent to the Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Centre, was completed in 1983. Schindler team modernized the original 14 elevators, which were equipped with previous generation Aconic controllers and motor-generator sets, with new controllers, gearless machines, highly efficient regenerative drives with Power Factor One (PF1) inverters and the PORT Technology, a cutting-edge intelligent transit management system, to improve traffic efficiency and provide tenants with a smooth and modern ride experience.
Schindler converted the conventional elevators of Great Eagle Centre to a modern elevator system, featuring the latest generation PORT Technology, leading to significant energy savings, enhanced performance and riding experience, improved safety and lower maintenance downtime.
The modernization work started in October 2013 and was completed in May 2015 with minimal disturbance to the building's tenants and to the satisfaction of the customer.
"Our key challenge was to convert the conventional elevators of this highly populated landmark commercial building to the latest state-of-the-art system, while leaving the overall elevator operations unaffected. The success of the project relied heavily on the immaculate planning and close coordination with the customer. The 'Project of the Year' award by Elevator World is a welcome recognition to our team that has worked tirelessly to ensure smooth and timely execution of the project," says Noky Wong, Managing Director of Schindler Lifts Hong Kong.