Main Library Elevator?
Question Corner: August 2014
by Tim Athan
From the August, 2014 issue
Q: The elevator at the downtown library has been out of service for a couple months, and a sign says it "will be out of service for the foreseeable future." What's the problem? Isn't there any money in the budget for maintenance?
A: The struggle is with technology, not budget. The five-story hydraulic jack that raises and lowers the elevator failed its latest safety test and will have to be replaced.
It is tough to predict the schedule or cost until the old jack is removed and the condition of the shaft is assessed (the shaft will probably require some re-drilling). The repair will cost at least $58,000, and could rise to about $100,000. Work is expected to begin after Art Fair, with completion around Labor Day. AADL director Josie Parker is posting updates and answering questions about the project at aadl.org
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[Originally published in August, 2014.]
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