Both elevators in the Crawford building have recently been out of service, with the one on the left being out of order for more than a week and the one on the right periodically breaking.
The elevators are “completely worn out,” according to an emailed response from Dewey Yeatts, the director of facilities management.
Despite the expiration date being Aug. 8, 2018 on the Florida Certificate of Operation inside the elevator on the right, Yeatts stated, “There is no safety issue. All elevators are inspected by a third party inspection service. All are up to date.”
Kyle Owens, a freshman aerospace engineering major, said he sees an elevator broken down “almost every day,” and he didn’t expect that when he came to Florida Tech.
“When touring, I was never brought into the building,” Owens said. “But if I was, and I was told that the elevators break easily, then it would’ve allowed me to question the safety of the building.”
Pauline Cosson, a junior studying sports management, said she usually ends up taking the stairs because “it takes a lot of time for the elevator to come” and that there is always a crowd waiting for it.
“I usually try to get to Crawford a bit early so I am not late [to class] if the elevator takes a long time to come,” Cosson said.
Yeatts stated that he is not aware of any current issues regarding students and faculty that cannot physically go up the stairs but will “appropriately address any issue.”
Owens said he doesn’t “feel the safest” when using the elevators because they break “all the time.”
He mentioned once when he had to take the stairs because one of the elevators was not working.
“I was running late to class, and I wanted to use the elevator to get to the sixth floor as quick as I could,” Owens said. “The only elevator working was already filled with students, so I had to run up the stairs.”
Yeatts stated the new elevators that are set to replace the “worn out” pair in service right now have been in “design and fabrication for months” and should be delivered sometime in April.
Owens said he thinks it is great that the Crawford elevators are being replaced.
“It allows us to have new elevators in place to allow the building to be much safer when traveling in them,” Owens said. “I just don’t know why this wasn’t happening earlier when they first knew it was a problem.”
According to Yeatts, the new ThyssenKrupp elevators will cost Florida Tech at least $336,000.
Yeatts did not give an exact date for when the elevators will be installed.