West Building Escalator Replacement
The escalators that serve the West Building of the 68th Street Campus have been in continuous operation since the building became operational in 1984, and have reached the end of their useful lives. The College, in partnership with the Dormitory Authority of the State of New York and CUNY, is now in the midst of a complex project of replacing these escalators. Work on this project is expected to conclude in mid-December 2015. SCROLL DOWN TO VIEW PICTURES OF THE PROGRESS OF THE ESCALATOR REPLACEMENT.
WHAT IS HAPPENING NOW: THE FINAL PHASE
WE ARE PLEASED TO ANNOUNCE THAT THE EAST BUILDING ENTRANCE IS OPEN AND ACCESSIBLE TO THE HUNTER COMMUNITY. THE EAST BUILDING ESCALATORS HAVE BEEN COMPLETELY REPLACED AND ARE FULLY FUNCIONAL IN BOTH 'UP' AND 'DOWN' DIRECTIONS.
The student lounge areas and computers on the 7th, 6th and 5th floors are fully accessible.
Escalator replacement work on Levels B2 and B1, and on floors 1, 2 and 3, is expected to conclude at the end of the fall 2015 semester. Student lounge areas on floors 2, 3 and 4 will be returned to public use at that time.
All 'up' and 'down' escalators from the 7th floor through the 4th floor are currently accessible. Additionally, the 'up' escalator connecting the 3rd floor to the 4th floor is operational. This is a major project milestone.
HOW TO TRAVEL IN A DOWNWARD DIRECTION FROM THE 3RD FLOOR TO THE 1ST FLOOR IN THE WEST BUILDING
In order to move between the 3rd and 1st floors in a downward direction, it is necessary to use stairwells or elevators. Signage has been posted that will direct you to both the stairwells and the elevator banks.
HOW TO TRAVEL BETWEEN LEVEL B-2 AND THE 1ST FLOOR IN THE WEST BUILDING
Travel between Levels B2, B1, and the 1st floor is possible in both directions via escalators that have been turned off. As an alternative, travel to and from any of these lower-level floors is possible by using elevators or stairwells.
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 useful alternatives, 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.