KONE has been chosen by Jones Lang LaSalle and the Union Station Redevelopment Corporation (USRC) to supply 18 new escalators in Washington, D.C.'s historic Union Station. The escalator modernization project was designed by Newmont Elevator Analysts, Inc. of Stone Ridge, N.Y.
The project consists of joint contracts with Jones Lang LaSalle and the USRC to supply eight KONE escalators to the station and ten to the adjoining garage and bus terminal. The joint award also includes a three-year maintenance agreement with a full-time in-house service technician serving 33 units.
The escalators will be equipped with KONE’s sleep-mode feature, designed to help buildings that operate 24 hours a day, like Union Station, conserve energy. The feature adjusts the speed of the escalator depending on the flow of traffic. The optimal speed is set to maintain the flow of people during peak times and reduced during off-peak times, helping cut energy costs and reducing the building’s overall carbon footprint.
The escalator installations are expected to begin in the second half of 2012 and continue through the end of 2013. The building will remain open throughout the project.
The order was booked in the first quarter of 2012.