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Daily press, 2019-04-08, 10:30 AM

181 Fremont skyscraper in San Francisco featuring first thyssenkrupp elevators for emergency evacuations in the U.S. named a Best Tall Building Award winner

  • 181 Fremont is one of three buildings worldwide to be recognized with the Best Tall Building Award in the 200-299-meter category at the renowned Tall + Urban Innovation Conference
  • The new San Francisco skyscraper features thyssenkrupp’s first elevator system in the U.S. to help people safely evacuate tall buildings during emergencies

181 Fremont in San Francisco, engineered to be the most resilient structure on the West Coast of North America, has been named a Best Tall Building Award winner in the 200-299-meter category at the Council for Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat’s Tall + Urban Innovation Conference, which is being held April 8-10 in Shenzhen, China.

The Best Tall Building Award recognizes projects that have made extraordinary contributions to the advancement of tall buildings, enhancing cities and the lives of their inhabitants, as well as supporting sustainability. 181 Fremont receives the award for its pioneering approach to safety and sustainability.

The Occupant Evacuation Operation (OEO) enabled elevators were designed and installed by thyssenkrupp Elevator, a global leader in urban mobility with an extensive tall-building footprint that includes One World Trade Center in New York City, home of the fastest elevators in the Western Hemisphere. In contrast to conventional elevators, OEO elevators are able to operate during an emergency, facilitating a faster and more efficient evacuation by combining the use of stairwells and elevators and better accommodating those whose mobility is restricted. OEO elevators are built with safeguards that protect against water, heat and smoke from getting into the elevator lobby or hoistway. In the event of a power outage, these elevators can run on backup power.

“It is an incredible honor to be a part of such a groundbreaking building, one that exemplifies a safety-sophistication hybrid that other buildings should aspire to,” said Peter Walker, CEO of thyssenkrupp Elevator. “thyssenkrupp takes great pride in creating state-of-the-art building transportation systems that not only make passenger movement more efficient and enjoyable, but safer, as well.”

Developed by Jay Paul Company, 181 Fremont is the tallest mixed-use tower West of the Mississippi.

The impressive structure features 410,000 square feet of office space, 74 luxury condos on the top 15 floors, retail space on the fifth floor and a 5.4-acre rooftop park. Facebook will be among the high-profile tenants that will call 181 Fremont home.

Fourteen of the 17 elevators installed at 181 Fremont boast OEO capability and will operate during emergencies to evacuate occupants.

Representatives from 181 Fremont’s developer and architect – Jay Paul and Heller Manus, respectively – will present at the Tall + Urban Innovation Conference, with a sole winner in the category being selected by a small panel of judges. The building is one of only a handful of buildings in the U.S. to be recognized with an Award of Excellence Award this year.

“We are extremely proud of 181 Fremont’s innovative engineering,” says Jay Paul Company Chief Investment Officer, Matt Lituchy. “To have our contributions to seismic safety and quality recognized at the highest level globally, underscores our commitment to create the safest homes possible for our San Francisco residents.”

The Best Tall Building Award recognizes projects that have made extraordinary contributions to the advancement of tall buildings and the urban environment, and that achieve sustainability at the highest and broadest level. The Best Tall Building Award also recognizes projects that enhance the cities and the lives of their inhabitants.

At last year’s Tall + Urban Innovation Conference, thyssenkrupp’s rope-less and sideways-moving elevator, MULTI, won the Innovation Award.

Press images can be downloaded here (photo credits: thyssenkrupp Elevator).

About us:

thyssenkrupp Elevator
thyssenkrupp Elevator brings together the Group’s global activities in passenger transportation systems. With sales of €7.6 billion in fiscal 2017/2018 and customers in 150 countries, thyssenkrupp Elevator built its position as one of the world’s leading elevator companies from scratch in a mere 40 years’ time applying thyssenkrupp unique engineering capabilities. With more than 50,000 highly skilled employees, the company offers smart and innovative products and services designed to meet customers’ individual requirements. The portfolio includes passenger and freight elevators, escalators and moving walks, passenger boarding bridges, stair and platform lifts as well as tailored service solutions for all products. Over 1,000 locations around the world provide an extensive sales and service network to guarantee closeness to customers.

thyssenkrupp is a technology group with traditional strengths in materials. Over 160,000 employees in 78 countries work with passion and technological know-how to develop high-quality products and intelligent industrial processes and services for sustainable progress. Their skills and commitment are the basis of our success. In fiscal year 2017/2018 thyssenkrupp generated sales of €42.7 billion.

Together with our customers we develop competitive solutions for future challenges in their respective industries. With our engineering expertise we enable our customers to gain an edge in the global market and manufacture innovative products in a cost- and resource-friendly way. Our technologies and innovations are the key to meeting diverse customer and market requirements around the world, growing on the markets of the future, and generating strong and stable earnings, cash flows and value growth.

About 181 Fremont
Developed by Jay Paul Company, 181 Fremont is the tallest mixed-use tower West of the Mississippi. 181 Fremont rises 802’ from the heart of San Francisco’s new downtown to transform the skyline. The $850 million tower features a state-of-the-art exoskeleton designed in a saw tooth pattern, with a magnificent spire that ascends from the crown of the building. 181 Fremont’s central location in the East Cut invites easy access to Silicon Valley and is surrounded by icons of technology including Salesforce, Facebook, Google and Twitter. The award-winning architecture reaffirms San Francisco as a global city on the forefront of innovation and design. It stands to redefine not only the neighborhood, but also the very definition of San Francisco living. Exclusivity at its finest, 181 Fremont provides access to the entire city all from the privacy — and security — of home.

Completed in 2018, the fifty five 181 Fremont Residences include the Grand Penthouse, which comes to market in 2019 as the tallest residence in San Francisco.