68th Street Campus Escalator Replacement
The escalators that serve the 68th Street Campus have been in continuous operation since the East and West Buildings became operational in 1984, and have reached the end of their useful life. The College, in partnership with the Dormitory Authority of the State of New York and CUNY, is now taking on the complex project of replacing these escalators. Work on this project is expected to last two years, concluding in 2016. SCROLL DOWN TO VIEW PICTURES OF THE PROGRESS OF THE ESCALATOR REPLACEMENT.
WHAT IS HAPPENING NOW
Work has concluded on Phase 1 of the West Building escalator replacement project. The 6th- and 7th-floor escalators are now back in operation, and the student lounge on the 7th floor is once again accessible for use. The student lounge on the 6th floor remains offline and inaccessible.
Phase 2 of the escalator replacement work is now underway. Barriers have been constructed to enclose student lounge areas on floors 4 and 5, and those areas are now inaccessible. The 'down' and 'up' escalators between the 5th and 4th floors have been taken out of operation and are expected to remain inaccessible until the end of March or beginning of April. In addition, 'down' escalators between the 3rd and 2nd floors have been taken out of operation and are expected to remain inaccessible until the end of March or beginning of April 2015.
HOW TO TRAVEL BETWEEN FLOORS 7 AND 5 IN THE WEST BUILDING
In order to move between the 7th and 5th floors in the West Building, simply use the escalators, which are now fully operational.
HOW TO TRAVEL FROM FLOOR 5 TO FLOORS 4 - 2 IN THE WEST BUILDING
'Down' escalators from floors 5 through 2 have been taken out of operation; they are not expected to be accessible until the end of March or the beginning of April 2015. If you need to travel from the 5th floor to floors 4, 3, or 2, you will need to take stairwells A, B, or C.
HOW TO TRAVEL FROM FLOOR 4 TO FLOOR 5 IN THE WEST BUILDING
The 'up' escalator from floor 4 to floor 5 will has been taken out of operation; it is expected to be inaccessible until the end of March or the beginning of April 2015. If you need to travel from the 4th floor to the 5th floor, you will need to take stairwells A, B, or C.
HOW TO TRAVEL FROM FLOOR 2 TO FLOORS 3 AND 4 IN THE WEST BUILDING
'Up' escalators running between floors B1 and 4 will remain operational for the duration of this phase of construction. Simply take an 'up' escalator to reach the 1st, 2nd, 3rd, or 4th floors from lower floors.
Although the elevators in the West Building are also available, we encourage you to use the stairs whenever possible to avoid delays. PLEASE GIVE PERSONS WITH PHYSICAL DISABILITIES WHO ARE UNABLE TO USE STAIRS PRIORITY TO USE ELEVATORS.
Signage is being prominently placed on floors 2 through 7 that directs occupants to the stairwells and elevators. Signage will be updated as necessary.
The computers formerly in the area of the 5th-floor escalators have been taken offline. Students who need to use computers can visit the Library to check out laptops for loan for up to three hours at a time.
SHOWN ABOVE: The 6th- and 7th-floor escalators are off and running!
SHOWN ABOVE: Almost done!
SHOWN ABOVE: new parts and new steps being installed.
SHOWN ABOVE: New parts are being installed.
Pictured above: Aged escalators on the 6th and 7th floors of the West Building are being deconstructed.
Pictured above: Protective enclosures surround the work area to keep the campus community safe.