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 in the midst of a 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: 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 floors 1, 2 and 3 is expected to conclude later in the fall 2015 semester. Student lounge areas on floors 2, 3 and 4 will remain inaccessible until later in the fall 2015 semester. Barricades that were erected on levels B2 and B1 are expected to be removed by the end of August or early in September, and the escalators associated with those floors will become fully accessible.
All 'up' and 'down' escalators from the 7th floor through the 4th floor are currently accessible. 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-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.