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TK Elevator’s Jon Clarine to participate in post-pandemic tall building panel at CTBUH Conference


  • “The Future City: Addressing Carbon, Climate and Societal Crises,” hosted by the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH), will be held November 8-9, 2021, in Chicago.
  • Jon Clarine, Head of Digital Services for TK Elevator, will educate attendees on urban circulation and the common trends between mass transit and building transit.
  • TK Elevator recently launched the Outlook 2022 Report, forecasting the top trends that will drive tall building and commercial office buildings in a post-pandemic environment.


Chicago (November 8, 2021) – TK Elevator’s Head of Digital Services, Jon Clarine, will be participating in a panel on “The Post-Pandemic Tall Building: The View from the Elevator Industry” at a conference hosted by the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH). “The Future City: Addressing Carbon, Climate and Societal Crises” is being held November 8-9, 2021, on the 55th floor of the 110 North Wacker building in Chicago.

The purpose of the conference is to discuss the local response needed for challenging global problems facing the urban realm, including addressing carbon footprint, the changing climate, social justice and human health.

“TK Elevator continues to prioritize the long-term future of all buildings by focusing on operational and embodied carbon. We are taking the necessary steps to be carbon-neutral by 2050, which is critical to not only making buildings more sustainable, but also ensuring the health and wellness of those who use our elevators and escalators every day,” said Kevin Lavallee, President and CEO, TK Elevator North America.

Jon Clarine, a deeply respected future-forward leader in the elevator industry, has been interviewed about COVID-19 elevator safety by NPR, The New York Times, Bloomberg and ABC News, to name a few. He speaks at numerous events across North America about the future of elevators while also helping building owners and property managers distinguish between which touchless and digital technologies are short-term fixes versus long-term solutions. Last month, he spoke on COVID-19 elevator safety at the BOMA 2021 Annual Conference in Boston.

Clarine’s CTBUH panel session is being held from 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. CST on Monday, November 8, 2021.

“Elevators are the heart of any tall building and as an industry, we need to embrace the new normal, a new normal that must include incorporating data and analytics into how elevators are managed and maintained,” said Clarine. “As we shared in our TK Elevator Index Outlook 2022 Report, this shift to smarter building management will be imperative to addressing the urbanization challenges impacting commercial office and mixed-use buildings.”

One of the most important tools developers as well as tall building managers and owners can rely on to ensure they are maximizing efficiency within their properties is the recently released Outlook 2022 Report.

The TK Elevator Index Outlook 2022 Report is the industry’s most comprehensive report forecasting how urban mobility data will impact the future of commercial real estate (CRE) as pandemic-fueled uncertainty challenges building owners and property managers throughout North America. It features exclusive insight from top experts in CRE, disclosing key trends as well as digital-first technologies that will allow buildings to thrive in a post-pandemic world.

TK Elevator has an extensive footprint in tall buildings throughout Chicago and North America, and many of those buildings are utilizing the latest digital technologies to enhance the tenant experience and improve building operations.

More than 1,200 buildings in the Greater Chicagoland Area are currently supported by more than 2,000 MAX units. MAX is the elevator industry’s first cloud-based digitally enhanced maintenance solution. The data generated by MAX can allow TK Elevator technicians to diagnose a potential problem before it happens. Since 2015, TK Elevator has installed MAX on more than 86,000 elevators in the U.S. and Canada, collecting data on components, systems and performance, which has helped building owners and managers achieve higher elevator and escalator uptime and longer product lifespans.

At 625 W. Adams, for example, tenants are now enjoying AGILE mobile, which allows people to operate an elevator via their smartphone or wearable device. Not only does AGILE mobile help buildings avoid elevator lobby congestion, but it also helps tenants avoid physical interaction with elevator surfaces, buttons and handrails that can be prone to attracting viruses and bacteria.

AGILE mobile has been installed or will be installed in more than a dozen major markets in North America in the coming months, including New York City, West Palm Beach, Las Vegas, Atlanta, San Francisco, Denver, Toronto, Houston, Cincinnati and Nashville. AGILE mobile was originally piloted at 55 Hudson Yards in New York City, a 1.3-million-square-foot, 51-story commercial office tower located on Manhattan’s West Side.

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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.