Top U.S. diplomat in Havana rides in style

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A Complete Installation of an Electric Traction Passenger Elevator, Showing Machine and Controller at Top of Hatchway. Credit: The Story In Elevators And Escalators

The State Department spent $288,560 to renovate an elevator at the U.S. ambassador’s residence in Havana.

A German company called Fuduric GMBH & Co. signed the elevator contract on Sept. 29, 2017, and was expected to finish the job by May 29, 2018.

The company’s task: To renovate a “Historic Electric Traction Passenger Elevator in the Chief of Mission residence.”

The bid stated:

The project includes the renovation of a Historic electric traction passenger elevator in the Chief of Mission residence, Havana Cuba. The work shall include but not be limited to the removal of the existing elevator controls and replace with new microprocessor based controls, variable voltage variable frequency AC drive. And the removal of the existing geared AC traction drive machine and replace with a new AC gearless machine with ascending car overspeed and uncontrolled motion capabilities. Install a new digital positioning system. Replace all wiring up to and including the traveling cables, car and hoistway wiring and new.

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