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 begun on the 6th- and 7th-floor West Building escalators. These escalators have been taken out of operation for the remainder of the Fall 2014 semester. Construction barriers have been built to enclose the work zone.
HOW TO GET TO, FROM, AND BETWEEN FLOORS 6 AND 7 IN THE WEST BUILDING
In order to reach the 6th or 7th floors in the West Building, there are three stairwells to choose from: two stairwells by the elevator banks, and one stairwell located near the bridge.
Although the elevators in the West Building are also available, 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 has been prominently placed on the 6th and 7th floors that directs occupants to the stairwells and elevators. Guides will be on site to help provide direction.
The 7th floor of the West Building can also be accessed by taking the elevator in the East Building to its 7th floor and crossing over the 7th floor bridge.
The 12 computers formerly in the area of the 6th- and 7th-floor escalators have been relocated to the 4th and 5th floors of the West Building. Students who need to use computers can also visit the Library check out laptops for loan for up to three hours at a time.
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.