Otis High Rise Elevator recently arranged the delivery of the 1,000th Skyrise elevator, marking three years of success for their skyscraper-specific elevator system.

Suzhou International Fortune Plaza

Otis Elevator has installed 20 Skyrise elevators in the 44-story Suzhou International Fortune Plaza in Shanghai, China. Rendering: Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates

Introduced in 2011, the Skyrise elevator was designed to address the unique challenges of skyscrapers as the world’s cities continue to rise skyward. According to global industry studies, 28 buildings over 1,300 feet in height are due for completion between now and the end of 2018, compared with just 15 in the previous 15 years. The United Nations expects the global urban population to surpass 6 billion by 2045, up from 3.9 billion this year, with the fastest growth occurring in Asia and Africa.

The 1,000th Skyrise elevator system will be deployed in Suzhou International Fortune Plaza in East China. Now under construction, the 755-foot-tall skyscraper will rely on 40 elevators including 12 Skyrise elevators.

Otis’ High Rise Contract and Logistics Center oversees the major international projects. It works closely with architects, consultants, general contractors and developers to deliver elevator solutions that offer efficient and flexible deployment, reliable energy-saving operation and optimal safety and riding comfort.

Designed with sustainability in mind, the Skyrise offers energy savings of up to 60 percent compared with other permanent magnet machines. It has a rise of more than 1,969 foot-tall, with single-deck, double-deck and super-double-deck configurations, and uses compact, optimized hoistway components. It features an advanced control system that continuously monitors individual safety devices and adjusts elevator motion.

It’s noteworthy that Otis’ elevator systems have been installed in eight of the last 10 skyscrapers to have held the title of the world’s tallest, including the current record holder, the 2,717 foot-tall Burj Khalifa in Dubai. Other supertalls using the Skyrise elevators include the 2,165 foot-tall Ping’An Financial Center in Shenzhen, which will be China’s tallest upon completion in 2016, and the 1,824-foot-tall Lotte World Tower, which will be the tallest building on the Korean peninsula when it’s completed in 2016.