Newly Expanded Otis SkyRise<sup>®</sup> Elevator Family Now Available in Colombia

SkyRise elevators will be featured in BD Bacatá, Colombia’s next tallest building

BOGOTÁ, Colombia, Sept. 22, 2016 — The recently expanded Otis SkyRise elevator family is now available to builders and architects in Colombia. The Otis SkyRise elevator is designed for the world’s tallest and most iconic buildings. It now includes the innovative SkyBuild self-climbing construction elevator, which enables builders to complete high-rise projects faster while reducing costs. Otis, the world’s leading manufacturer and maintainer of people-moving products, including elevators, escalators and moving walkways, is a unit of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX).

This SkyRise elevator is the newest generation of Otis solutions for high-rise projects, integrating modern technologies for speed control, safety, energy efficiency, and offering a superior passenger experience.

The self-climbing SkyBuild elevator joins the SkyRise family as a time-saving option. Installed at the beginning of a building’s construction, the SkyBuild elevator allows movement of crews and tools quickly and safely — without an external lift or exposure to weather. Its unique hydraulic piston system enables it to quickly climb one floor at a time as the building rises. Once construction is complete, the SkyBuild elevator quickly transitions for immediate service as a SkyRise elevator. SkyBuild offers convenience and agility and can reduce costs.

“The Otis SkyRise product family combines a refined passenger experience with state-of-the-art elevator technologies and support our customers can count on,” said Bora Gulan, vice president, Global Major Projects and Key Accounts, Otis. “Our dedicated global major projects teams, together with our R&D engineers, have the deep knowledge and expertise that comes from experience on some of the world’s most iconic buildings to make high-rise projects reality. Our SkyBuild option now offers customers even more value with an elevator system that rises with the building — quickly and easily jumping one floor at a time to meet the requirements and pace of any project.”

Through its local entities, Otis recently announced the new SkyRise elevator family to key customers in Colombia. It is part of a regional launch for all of Latin America.

“Colombia’s recent trend in high-rise projects presents huge opportunities for us to provide specialized services and products that use technologies developed by Otis throughout its 160-year history,” said Julio Bellinassi, managing director, Otis, South America.

In Colombia, one of the iconic buildings that will feature SkyRise elevators is BD Bacata — developed by BD Promotores Colombia and built by Prabyc Ingenieros Constructora — the future tallest building in the country. Once its construction is concluded, this project will be equipped with 20 SkyRise elevators that will take only 47 seconds to rise from the first to the 58th floor. The building is 240 meters tall and has 67 floors. It will also be served with Otis Gen2® elevators.

“We are proud to say that Otis is also present in iconic buildings in Latin America, such as Christ Redeemer in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and participates in key infrastructure projects including metro systems in major cities in the region,” said Arthur Amaral, managing director, Otis Colombia.

SkyRise elevators can travel at speeds up to 732 meters per minute (12.2 meters per second) and have a carrying capacity of 900 to 5,000 kilograms. The noise-reducing cabin and aerodynamic cover, along with modern touch-screen CompassPlus™ destination dispatching system, which organizes passengers by their destinations, provide a quieter, smoother and faster experience than other elevators with traditional technology. Otis SkyRise elevators also come equipped with a ReGenTM regenerative drive, which captures energy that would otherwise be wasted in braking and accelerating and feeds it back into the building’s electrical grid.

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About Otis
Otis is the world’s leading manufacturer and maintainer of people-moving products, including elevators, escalators and moving walkways. Founded more than 160 years ago by the inventor of the safety elevator, Otis offers products and services through its companies in more than 200 countries and territories. Otis is a unit of United Technologies Corp., a leading provider to the aerospace and building systems industries worldwide. For more information, visit or follow Otis on LinkedIn, YouTube and as @OtisElevatorCo on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

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