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VTX Wins 2012 Elevator World Project of the Year Award

PHX Sky Train Terminal 4 escalator(Dec. 13, 2011/Phoenix, Ariz.) The Terminal 4 Escalator Replacement portion of the PHX Sky Train™ project received Elevator World magazine’s 15th Annual Project of the Year Award for Category 4, Escalator Modernization. Articles for the Project of the Year Award winners will appear in the January 2012 issue of the magazine.

Elevator World’s Project of the Year Award recognizes innovative designs that overcame a unique challenge in vertical, horizontal, or inclined transportation systems. This well respected, one-of-a-kind competition garners entries from across the globe. PHX Sky Train™ shared the honor with Vertical Transportation Excellence (VTX) and ThyssenKrupp Elevator.

PHX Sky Train Terminal 4 escalatorAs part of the modernization project, the City of Phoenix Aviation Department decided to replace the two existing escalators on the east and west end of the terminal with three new escalators at each end. These are the first escalators at Sky Harbor International Airport, the City of Phoenix, and in the State of Arizona to use a Sleep Mode or Intermittent Operation function, which saves energy and extends useful life. This feature causes the escalators to slow down automatically to 25 percent of normal operating speed when no one is using the escalators and detects approaching passengers to return to normal speed.

Design challenges included replacing escalators while keeping existing escalators in service. VTX also had to re-use the existing structural support locations since the escalator wellways could not be enlarged. This required customized escalators to fit in the existing space. The Terminal 4 Escalator Replacement portion of the PHX Sky Train™ project is now complete and the new escalators are in service at both the west and east ends of the terminal.

View the Elevator World article(PDF: 377KB)

For more information, please contact David Hansen at 215.561.4201 or via email.