Elevator repair will cost big bucks

By Chloe Wilhelm - Staff Reporter



With the passing of the state capital budget, the elevator in Building 6 is set to be repaired and is expected to cost around $260,000.

The elevator, which is original to the 1964 building, became out of order after the control panel/circuit board died. Due to the elevator's age, this part is no longer available, which means the elevator will be extensively refurbished. 

Barry Holldorf, director of Facilities & Operations at Highline, said that the elevator needs to be repaired because it supports a two-story building and is necessary to provide access.

"It provides assistance and access to both floors," he said. "Although the building does have accessible pathways to both floors… this is about improving and maintaining accessibility."

Holldorf said that the repairs will focus on getting the elevator up to code.

"This will require some HVAC addition to the car shaft and elevator room, some communication upgrades in case of entrapment, and fire code upgrades in the car and shaft," he said.

He explained that the repairs will cost around $260,000, and said that Highline will pay for the repairs with the help of state funding.

The repairs are expected to start in three to four weeks, and will take four to five weeks to complete.

"We estimate sometime in late May to be completely operational," Holldorf said.

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