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 conclude in 2015. SCROLL DOWN TO VIEW PICTURES OF THE PROGRESS OF THE ESCALATOR REPLACEMENT.
WHAT IS HAPPENING NOW: PHASES 3 & 4
PHASE 4: THE EAST BUILDING ENTRANCE IS CURRENTLY CLOSED FOR ESCALATOR REPLACEMENT. BARRICADES HAVE BEEN ERECTED AT THE TOP OF THE ESCALATORS, ON THE 3RD FLOOR, AND AT THE BOTTOM OF THE ESCALATORS, COMPLETELY ENCLOSING THE STREET ENTRANCE TO THE EAST BUILDING. YOU WILL ONLY BE ABLE TO ACCESS AND EXIT THE EAST BUILDING VIA THE PEDESTRIAN BRIDGES FROM THE WEST OR THE NORTH BUILDINGS. THE EAST BUILDING ESCALATOR RENOVATIONS ARE EXPECTED TO AFFECT ACCESS TO THE EAST BUILDING FOR A MAJOR PART OF SUMMER 2015.
Work has concluded on Phase 2 of the West Building escalator replacement project. The student lounge area and computers on the 7th, 6th and 5th floors are fully accessible.
Phase 3 of the escalator replacement work is scheduled to conclude in July 2015. Student lounge areas on floors 2, 3 and 4 will gradually become accessible. Barricades that were erected on levels B2, B1, and the 1st floor are also expected to be removed in July, and the escalators associated with those floors will become fully accessible.
All 'up' and 'down' escalators from the B-1 level through the 7th floor are currently accessible. This is a major project milestone.
HOW TO TRAVEL BETWEEN LEVEL B-1 AND THE 1ST FLOOR IN THE WEST BUILDING
Travel between B1 and the first floor is possible in both directions via an escalator that has been turned off.
HOW TO TRAVEL BETWEEN THE B-2 AND B-1 LEVELS IN THE WEST BUILDING
The 'down' escalator from level B-1 to level B-2 is accessible. However, in order to travel from level B-2 up to level B-1, it is necessary to take stairwells or an elevator. Signage has been posted that will direct you to both the stairwells and the elevator bank, and will be updated as necessary.
Although the elevators in the West Building are 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.
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.