From our suggestions campaign we received plenty of complaints about the 17 Lex building elevators.
USG had Assistant Vice President of Campus Affairs Lisa Edwards & Director of Facility Planning come in to a senate meeting to speak about the plans on fixing the 23rd street building. She told us that the elevators will be replaced in 2016, but this will not be the first construction project since the energy is maxed out. First thing they will do is to add a new electric volt under 23rd street before adding new elevators. Currently, there are 2 maintenance people working during the day Monday through Friday; they are maintaining all elevators on campus especially the 17th Lex’s elevators. On a good day 4 elevators work, but if there is no air conditioning on the top floors, they might act up. The elevators are inadequate. The electric parts that are needed in the elevators are specially customized and made in order for the elevators towork. However, there is a 50% accuracy rate to get the electricity board to work. We are trying to get CUNY Central Office to pay for it, but this project is capital illegible so Baruch spent $170,000 to fix one elevator. We are temporary fixing the part and waiting for the full replacement of new elevators next year.
Here is a link to a Ticker article that explains the problems in more depth.