Kone Corporation has partnered with TAFE NSW to undertake one of the largest lift upgrade and modernisation projects in Australia.
The partnership will see 60 lifts replaced across 29 TAFE locations, more than a quarter of the lifts in the TAFE NSW portfolio.
The $13.5 million investment aims to provide adaptable, industry standard and digitally enabled spaces to make training more accessible, convenient and relevant.
TAFE NSW Managing Director Steffen Faurby said the public VET provider is thrilled to partner with Kone to deliver Australia’s largest ever lift replacement program.
“This record-breaking program will help to future-proof our network of campuses and improve accessibility for students and employees, including those with a disability,” Faurby said.
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“By installing next generation, digitally-enabled elevators, we are helping to meet the diverse needs of our students and staff and ensuring ease of access for years to come.”
The Lift Renewal Program is part of TAFE NSW’s Asset Renewal Program to support assets at end of life and critical risk of failure. This program comes off the back of the NSW government’s $600 million stimulus package towards infrastructure in the education sector, of which $100 million has been allocated to TAFE NSW’s Asset Renewal Program.
Kone Australia Managing Director Jerome Audais said the DX Class technology will offer TAFE NSW students and employees a more personalised and sophisticated experience, while ensuring facilities remain fit for purpose, efficient and sustainable.
“Modernising elevators can itself result in energy savings of up to 70 per cent, and along with the host of other benefits of a digitally connected lift, the DX will transform the efficiency, safety and sustainability of TAFE NSW buildings,” Audais said.
The Lift Renewal Program is set to begin on sites from September 2021.