James Fortune

Houston, United States

About

James W. Fortune has 40+ years of vertical transportation experience. His reputation as the world’s foremost expert in supertall towers was earned as a result of his consulting on Taipei 101, the IFC and ICC Towers, and the world’s tallest building, the Burj Khalifa Tower. Fortune was recently commissioned for the world’s next supertall, the 250 Story, 1001m high, Kingdom Tower, presently under construction, Jeddah, KSA. Fortune invented the “Lifeboat” Emergency Elevator Evacuation Operations"" for use in supertall towers.

Fortune has a B.S. Degree in Industrial Technology from California Polytechnic State University (CAL POLY), San Luis Obispo, and a MBA from the University of Denver.

CTBUH Roles

Annual Conference, Presenter (Shanghai 2012; New York 2015)

Annual Conference, Session Chair (Shanghai 2014)

Videos

26 October 2015

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2015 New York Conference - Session 2b - Q&A

Santeri Suoranta, KONE; James Fortune, Fortune Shepler Consulting; and David Pilzer, Israel Ministry of Finance, answer questions at the end of 2015 New York Conference...

Research

26 October 2015

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Elevator Designs for the Kingdom Tower

James Fortune, Fortune Shepler Saling Inc. Elevator Consulting

When it is completed in 2018, the mixed-use Kingdom Tower will become the new World’s Tallest Tower. It will contain multiple, stacked mixed-use population zones,...

Research

19 September 2012

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Elevator Destination Dispatching – A Revolution in the Making

James W. Fortune, Fortune Shepler Consulting

Many new tall office building passenger elevator groups are being provided with destination dispatching (D.D.) controls. These systems offer pre-assigned elevators and lobby queuing to...