What goes up must eventually come down for an overhaul as a dozen elevators in six buildings will be revamped in a modernization program that was launched in mid-January.
Four elevators at the College of Science (Building 8) and one elevator at the College of Education and Integrative Studies (Building 6) are being refurbished in the first phase of the overhaul program.
The installation of new components to the elevator at the College of Education and Integrative Studies is scheduled to be completed by April 1. The four refurbished elevators at the College of Science are expected to be operational by July 1.
In the coming months, one elevator in Building One, one elevator at the Don B. Huntley College of Agriculture (Building 2), four elevators at the Biotechnology Building (Building 4) and one elevator in the University Office Building (Building 94) will undergo overhauls.
The overall modernization project is scheduled to be completed by September, which falls in line with the anticipated resumption of in-person fall semester classes at Cal Poly Pomona and other CSU campuses.
The overhauls will range from the replacement of elevator cabs to installation of new cables and motors to the completion of a new elevator shaft.
“All of these elevators are 30 to 40 years old. They require a lot of deferred maintenance,” said Joe Boyer, the elevator modernization project manager. “These elevators are nearing the end of their service life.”
The refurbishment of the elevators will provide improved reliability and require less maintenance from the contractor, Boyer said.
Facilities Design & Construction (FP&M) is supervising all aspects of the elevator overhauls. Notifications about the elevator overhauls and other projects on campus are posted on The Compass website.
While the COVID-19 pandemic has forced Cal Poly Pomona to go with an on-line format for a vast majority of classes in the winter and spring semesters, the situation also affords an opportunity for FP&M is to initiate projects, repair work and maintenance with minimal disruption to campus operations.