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181 Fremont, featuring OEO enabled elevators from thyssenkrupp, recognized as Award of Excellence winner at Tall + Urban Innovation Conference


  • 181 Fremont is one of three buildings worldwide to be recognized with the Best Tall Building Award in the 200-299-meter category
  • The building features Occupant Evacuation Operation (OEO) enabled elevators, which allows people to use the elevators during an emergency or evacuation.
  • The OEO enabled elevators at 181 Fremont are a first for North America and represent a milestone in building safety.


SHENZHEN, CHINA (April 8, 2019) – 181 Fremont in San Francisco, the only building in North America to feature Occupant Evacuation Operation (OEO) enabled elevators, 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.

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

The 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.

“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 Steve Wedge, CFO and Interim CEO, thyssenkrupp Elevator North America. “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.”

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,” said 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.

Fourteen of the 17 elevators installed at 181 Fremont boast OEO capability, which means the elevators are designed to operate during emergencies to evacuate occupants. The 800foot-high office and residential building includes office space, luxury condos as well as retail space.

OEO enabled elevators are designed to provide the most efficient and quickest evacuation during emergencies by combining the use of stairwells and elevators. OEOs also provide greater peace of mind by reducing the panic and confusion commonly associated with a building evacuation, while also better accommodating those challenged by age, health or restricted mobility. Another benefit of OEO systems is revenue-based; by eliminating a third egress stairwell there is more usable/rentable space available.

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


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.





TK Elevator

With customers in over 100 countries served by more than 50,000 employees, TK Elevator achieved sales of around €9 billion in fiscal year 2022/2023. We ensure high levels of customer service globally from our extensive network of about 1,000 locations. Over the past several decades, TK Elevator has established itself as one of the world’s leading elevator companies and became independent after separation from the thyssenkrupp group in August 2020. The company’s most important business line is the service business proudly provided by around 25,000 service technicians. The product portfolio ranges from standardized elevators for low-rise residential buildings to highly customized solutions for skyscrapers. In addition, it covers escalators, moving walks, passenger boarding bridges and stair and platform lifts. Integrated cloud-based solutions, such as the MAX platform, are delivering enhanced services. With these digital offerings, there are no longer any limits to urban mobility. TKE – move beyond.