Second only to the Eiffel Tower in Paris, the Space Needle, built for the 1962 Seattle World’s Fair, is one of the most easily-identified skyline features in the world. Epitomizing the leading-edge modernization and technology that the city is known for, the Space Needle serves as a symbol to propel Seattle’s future innovation. Known as the Century Project, the multi-year renovation of the 57-year old structure began in 2017.
Among other reconstruction, included in the $100 million Space Needle renovation is a glass-floor observation deck that rotates, providing magnificent panoramas that encompass Mount Rainier and Elliott Bay. An architectural marvel, these renovations necessitated more than 176 tons of 10 different varieties of glass to be added to the Observation Deck and restaurant level. Featuring panels measuring 11 feet high by 7 feet wide, weighing roughly 2,300 pounds each, maneuvering these glass panes to the tophouse presented a plethora of challenges, requiring creativity and innovation to ensure flawless and secure placement.
Enter Schübeler Technologies’ fan propulsion systems! Since its founding in 1997, Schübeler has built a global business by providing a full product lineup of advanced robust ducted fans, compressors, pumps, electric motors, carbon fiber and aluminum composites designed to withstand extreme conditions in demanding field use. These components provide thrust, high power and lightweight durability to high tech applications. Watch this video to see how Schübeler’s flying ingenuity helped to expand this iconic structure’s famous views by 25%.