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TK Elevator Canada awarded largest elevator modernization in Winnipeg history


TK Elevator Canada is completing the largest elevator modernization in Winnipeg history at 201 Portage, the tallest office building in Winnipeg.
Photo: TK Elevator Canada.

TK Elevator Canada is in the process of completing the largest elevator modernization in Winnipeg history, as it upgrades 12 elevators at 201 Portage, the tallest office building in Winnipeg at 420 feet tall.

The 33-storey building was built in 1990 and features 510,000 square feet of office, retail and meeting space. A contemporary new concourse featuring a modern food market and a conference centre was added in 2017.

TK Elevator Canada will upgrade five high-rise elevators, five low-rise elevators, one service elevator and one concourse shuttle elevator, which were installed over 30 years ago.

“We are thrilled to not only be completing the biggest elevator modernization in Winnipeg’s rich history at one of its truly iconic buildings, but to also be able to now provide 201 Portage with top-of-the-line service for all of its vertical transportation units,” said Kevin Lavallee, President and CEO, TK Elevator North America.

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The upgrades will include installation of TK Elevator’s TAC32T microprocessor controller with diagnostic capabilities that reduces downtime and enables faster floor-to-floor times; permanent magnet AC motor that only runs when the elevator is in use; a universal door operator ; and sustainable regenerative drives that harness unused energy captured for reuse in the building while requiring less air conditioning and space.

Other upgrades include LED cab lighting with optional motion sensor that turns off lights and fans when the elevator is not in use; a dual brake system that prevents unintended motion; an elevator cab door interlock; and a door reversal electronic safety edge.