Kone lifts technology for St Louis smart building

  • September 22, 2020
  • Steve Rogerson

Finnish elevator and escalator company Kone is to provide eleven elevators and smart building technology for a high-profile development in suburban St Louis.

Located in the heart of downtown Clayton, Missouri, the 90,000-square-metre, mixed-use Forsyth Pointe development includes 44,000 square metres of office space and street-level retail space. The project encompasses two office towers connected by a seven-story, 1250-car parking facility. A one-acre garden terrace and a 900-square-metre fitness facility will be on the seventh floor.

Offering spectacular views of nearby Shaw Park, Forsyth Pointe is being designed to achieve Leed Silver certification. Energy-efficient features include a green roof and electric-vehicle charging stations in the parking garage.

The eleven elevators use Kone Destination technology to improve elevator convenience and efficiency, E-Link monitoring and InfoScreens for improved guidance and communication. Construction is underway now, with project completion expected in 2022.

“Energy-efficient Kone elevators are a natural fit for this project,” said Ken Schmid, executive vice president for Kone in the Americas. “Kone MonoSpace 700 elevators and smart building solutions planned for Forsyth Pointe add unique value and an enhanced customer experience to commercial buildings, where people flow and ride comfort requirements are among the most demanding.”

Housed in a steel-framed glass structure, the development provides premier-level office space. The project is being developed by US Capital Development. The ten-story east tower is owned by Commerce Bank, and the eight-story west tower is owned by Brentwood Forsyth Partners. Forsyth Pointe was designed by Christner Architects and Ceder Green, both of St Louis. McCarthy Building, also of St Louis, is the general contractor.

Kone provides elevators, escalators and automatic building doors, as well as technology for maintenance and modernisation to add value to buildings throughout their life cycle. In 2019, the company had annual sales of €10bn, and at the end of the year approximately 60,000 employees.