Thyssenkrupp Elevator Thursday in a press release announced plans to build its new headquarters near The Battery Atlanta in Cobb County in collaboration with the Braves Development Company.
The ThyssenKrupp Elevator Americas Complex will house more than 900 full-time employees, which represents approximately 6 percent of Thyssenkrupp Elevator Americas total workforce across North America.
Upon completion, the new complex will include three facilities anchored by a 420-foot-tall elevator “qualification and test tower, the tallest of its kind in the U.S. and one of the tallest in the world.”
“Our focus and commitment to move people safely, comfortably and efficiently – today and in the future – is at the heart of our business, and it requires continued access to top talent, enhanced collaboration and greater operational efficiencies,” Rich Hussey, CEO of Thyssenkrupp Elevator Americas, said in the release.
“Atlanta is synonymous with mobility and innovation, and this move gives us one complex in a national hotbed of innovation that will allow us to serve our customers better than anyone in the industry, while providing a high quality of life for our employees.”
With 18 shafts, the Innovation Complex test tower can be used to trial new concepts and product pilots, including high-speed elevators, the two-cabins-per-shaft elevator system, “TWIN,” as well as the world’s first rope-less and sideways-moving elevator system, “MULTI.”
In addition, the test tower will also conduct tests to ensure compliance with stringent safety requirements on standard elevators, according to the release.
Atlanta is already home to the first TWIN elevator system in North America, which features two cars arranged on top of each other operating independently in a single shaft.
The new technology is being installed in the Coda Building at Georgia Tech with completion expected early in 2019.
Completion of the Innovation Complex is expected by early 2022.
A video produced by Barnes Creative Studios used “helicopters, drones, swarming ground cameras and more to capture this exciting change to the Cobb County skyline.”
“It was an honor to be chosen by architect Wakefield-Beasley and the Atlanta Braves to produce this video,” Steve Barnes, president, Barnes Creative, in an email told What Now Atlanta.
Scope the vid and renderings below: