Awarded to ThyssenKrupp Elevator in 2007, the contract to install and maintain all of the elevators and escalators in One World Trade Center in New York City is one of the biggest in the history of the company. The $150-million contract included 64 gearless and six machine-room-less elevators as well as one geared elevator and nine escalators.

ThyssenKrupp Elevator One World Trade CenterA crew of 90 mechanics is scheduled to complete the project by 2014. They recently celebrated the installation of the last two elevator rails mounted in the hoistway on the 102nd floor. The “Topping Out Ceremony” recognized the ThyssenKrupp team members who have hung over 35-miles of elevator rails in the high-profile new tower.

Perhaps the most touching part of the celebration was remembering Chuck Costello. Chuck was an elevator constructor and employee of ThyssenKrupp Elevator in New York City. He was passing by the Twin Towers on September 11, 2001, and went inside to help with the rescue efforts. ThyssenKrupp did not maintain the elevators in the towers at that time, but Chuck knew his specialized skills would be useful in rescuing people trapped in the elevators. Chuck lost his life that day.

At the ceremony, Joe Majerscak, general foreman (pictured above left) presented Chuck Costello’s daughter, Mary Kate and wife Mary, with a hard hat decorated with a bald eagle, a plaque that included Chuck’s union card and a piece of one of the actual “top out” rails. IUEC Local #1 Business Representative Freddie McCourt (pictured above right) helped with the presentation.

ThyssenKrupp Elevator One World Trade CenterOther highlights of the event were the installation of the final two rails which were custom painted with images of the Twin Towers and stars and stripes by a local painter. After the rails were signed by the elevator constructors, they were installed by four crew members that were actually installing equipment in the Twin Towers on September 11th, 2001. They are Joe Douso, Steve Robinson, Phil Ducatelli and Pat DeLucia (pictured clockwise from the upper right – Phil Ducatelli, Pat DeLucia, Steve Robinson and Joe Douso).

One World Trade Center will feature the fastest elevators in North America and will travel up to 2,000 feet per minute (approximately 23 miles per hour). It will take approximately one minute on an express elevator to ride from the bottom to the 102nd floor. In total, there are 73 elevators and 11 escalators for the 104- story building, with a total height of 1,776 feet.

Read more about the vertical transportation project at One World Trade Center: One World Trade Center will Have Fastest Elevators in Western Hemisphere

Photos courtesy ThyssenKrupp Elevators