UTS’s long-awaited lift upgrade is underway, with lifts C and D going offline on Saturday 2 June. Only 4 lifts are now working in Building 1.
The first week passed without any major meltdowns (well, there was one meltdown actually – see below).
To keep everyone moving in the building, the university has restricted access to odd-numbered floors (except Level 7) from 8:30am to 5:30pm, Monday to Friday.
The quickest way to get to/from odd-numbered floors is to use stairs to/from the closest even-numbered floor.
Lifts C and D will re-open in early 2013, replaced by state-of-the-art Schindler 7000 series lifts, used in buildings such as the new World Trade Centre and many other high-rises internationally.
Britta has joined UTS as our new lift concierge to assist staff, students and visitors while the first 2 lifts are upgraded
PEAK HOUR MADNESS (AND OTHER PROBLEMS)
- 2 lifts broke down simultaneously(!) on Monday 4 June, causing a lot of crowding and understandable frustration – at such times it’s probably quicker to use the stairs if you can
- Monday’s breakdown was made worse by a couple of “lift entrapments” in other UTS buildings (entrapment is the technical term for someone getting stuck in a lift). These required the lift maintenance team’s urgent attention
- Some people have encountered a mysterious “Try again” error message on the touchpads, which we are working with Schindler to sort out
- Lifts at peak hour (such as on the hour and lunchtime) can get very full. Where possible, you should avoid travelling on the hour, especially at lunchtime
- Greatest risk to lift operation remains mechanical failure of existing lifts
ACCESS TO ODD FLOORS DURING BUSINESS HOURS
Need to transport heavy goods to an odd floor or can’t use the stairs?
- Our friendly lift concierge (who sits behind the white desk in the lobby) is here to help UTS staff, student and visitors get around while we upgrade the lifts
- All units and faculties in the tower have been issued with a number of office lift swipe cards that you can borrow if you need to transport something heavy to/from an odd floor
- If you have a mobility issue, we can arrange a card for you. Contact us to find out more
GOT ANY SUGGESTIONS? WANT TO REPORT A FAULT?
- If a lift malfunctions, you should report it immediately to Building services on x7476 or 7477
- If you think something can be improved or just have a general question, let the project team know
For specific project enquiries, please contact the project manager, Mark Podolec.