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Why supertall towers have super-fast elevators

September 13, 2017

Building designers are in a race to the top, and the vertical transportation industry is right there with them. That’s led to innovations like carbon-fiber cables and magnetic levitation systems, which replace hefty steel ropes, as well as destination dispatch technology to control access and move people through the building smoothly.

Even if the height of a supertall, which the CTBUH classifies as topping 984 feet, seems unnecessary, the restrictions it places on building systems have driven improvements in efficiency.

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