Campus Elevator Upgrades
Campus elevators have been a source of concern due to aging and heavy use. In addition, the Arkansas Department of Labor Elevator Safety Division requires upgrades to meet codes which must be completed by September 1, 2011.
UALR began upgrading campus elevators, starting with Ottenheimer Library in September 2010.
Overall, 29 elevators in 16 buildings have planned upgrades, of which 9 elevators in 6 buildings have major modernization construction planned. The major construction sites are as follows:
- Ottenheimer Library
- Administration South
- Administration North
- Fribourgh Hall
- Student Union “B”
- Ross Hall
What is Elevator Modernization, and What is Involved?
An elevator modernization usually refers to an equipment upgrade either due to malfunction, enhanced safety, or code required compliance. This does not necessarily include the cab interiors; however, some cabs will be spruced up where budget allows. The main concern is functionality, safety and regulatory compliance.
The modernizations of these elevators will require that the elevator be taken out of service for the duration of the upgrade which can range from 1 day to several weeks depending on the nature of the upgrade and contingencies. In buildings such as Ottenheimer Library that have more than one elevator, only one car will be out of service at a time allowing for uninterrupted service to all floors by the alternate elevator(s).
In buildings such as Student Union “B” with only one elevator, no elevator access will be available throughout the construction phase. For anyone needing assistance or access to floors above or below the ground level, efforts will need to be coordinated by the appropriate department to ensure uninterrupted availability of services. Facilities Management, Environmental Health and Safety, and the Disability Resource Center are working together to minimize inconveniences and develop alternate access methods where required.
It is expected that the project will be completed before the required deadline of September 1, 2011. See detailed schedule. Reminders will be sent out before each phase of the project so that all affected students, faculty, and staff are informed.
This project is being funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009 and has a budget of $1.5 million.