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thyssenkrupp holds groundbreaking ceremony for Innovation and Qualification Center in Atlanta


  • Top community and business leaders were in attendance to celebrate the
  • Innovation and Qualification Center (IQC) groundbreaking near The Battery Atlanta
  • When completed in 2021, the 420-foot-tall building will be the tallest building in Cobb County and the tallest elevator test tower in the U.S.
  • The IQC is part of a three-building complex that will comprise thyssenkrupp Elevator’s new North American headquarters


ATLANTA (April 18, 2019) – thyssenkrupp Elevator today celebrated the groundbreaking of its Innovation and Qualification Center (IQC), which will be part of its new North American headquarters located near The Battery Atlanta in Cobb County, Georgia. The groundbreaking ceremony included Atlanta Braves executives plus prominent members of the local business community, including Metro Atlanta Chamber President and CEO, Hala Modellmog, and Cobb County Commission Chairman, Mike Boyce.

Representatives from building architect Gensler as well as the general contractor, Brasfield & Gorrie, were also on-hand for the historic event. When completed in 2021, the 420-foottall elevator qualification and test tower will be the tallest building in Cobb County and the tallest elevator test tower in the U.S.

“The Innovation and Qualification Center is going to be a true differentiator in our industry thanks in part to its prominent, high-visibility location and its state-of-the-art design,” said

Steve Wedge, Interim CEO and CFO of thyssenkrupp Elevator North America. “And our new North American headquarters for thyssenkrupp Elevator will enable us to further foster partnerships within the local business community, while expanding on our valuable relationships with the Atlanta Braves and Georgia Tech University, to name a few.”

With 18 shafts, the elevator test tower will be used to trial new concepts and product pilots, including high-speed elevators and TWIN, thyssenkrupp’s unique elevator system that features two cabins working independently in one shaft. The IQC will also test MULTI, the revolutionary rope-less and sideways-moving elevator system. In addition, the test tower will also conduct robust tests to ensure compliance with stringent safety requirements on standard elevators.

The thyssenkrupp Elevator North American headquarters will be home to more than 900 full-time employees across three facilities. Last month, employees started moving into the Business Headquarters (BHQ) in nearby Pennant Park, and a Corporate Headquarters (CHQ) will be built adjacent to the IQC. Both the IQC and CHQ will be built on property owned by the Atlanta Braves Development Company.

“Today marks an exciting step towards changing the Cobb County skyline and welcoming our wonderful new neighbor, thyssenkrupp, into the state of Georgia,” said Mike Plant, President and CEO of the Braves Development Company.

General contractor Brasfield & Gorrie is no stranger to the area, having also constructed the Omni Hotel at the Battery Atlanta as well as One Ballpark Center, a nine-story, 250,000square-foot office building that serves as Comcast’s Central Division headquarters. The general contractor also served as the managing partner of American Builders 2017, the joint venture that built SunTrust Park.

“Brasfield & Gorrie has completed more than $760 million worth of construction within a half-mile radius of this project’s site, and since 2009 we have successfully completed 182 contract projects with thyssenkrupp,” said Brasfield & Gorrie Regional Vice President and Division Manager Chris Britton. “Our three decades in the Atlanta area have led to extensive relationships with partners including Collins Project Management and Gensler, and those will be an asset to this project.”





TK Elevator (formerly: thyssenkrupp Elevator)

With customers in over 100 countries served by 50,000 employees, TK Elevator achieved sales of €8.5 billion in the fiscal year 2019/2020. Over 1,000 locations around the world provide an extensive network that guarantees closeness to customers. Over the past decades, TK Elevator has established itself as one of the world’s leading elevator companies and became independent since its sale by thyssenkrupp AG in August 2020. The company’s most important business line is the service business represented by over 24,000 service technicians. The product portfolio covers commodity elevators for residential and commercial buildings to cutting-edge, highly customized solutions for state-of-the-art skyscrapers. In addition, it also consists of escalators and moving walks, passenger boarding bridges, stair and platform lifts. Integrated cloud-based service solutions, such as the MAX platform, are gaining in importance. With these digital offerings, there are no limits to urban mobility anymore. TKE – move beyond.