By Sherry Kughn
New Elevator Speeds Cole Library Visits
Lobby to 11th Floor at 500 feet per minute
JSU's Miller Parnell,
in green jacket, takes a test ride. Photo shot from
reflection in car's glass ceiling. More photos below story. (Steve
JSU News Bureau
March 18, 2004 -- The first step toward improving the elevators
at Jacksonville State University's
Houston Cole Library is complete. One elevator has a new cab, new controls,
a new motor, and the shaft has been renovated. A service elevator and
two more public elevators remain.
The work replacing the old elevators is being done by ThyssenKrupp, whose
contract calls for electro-mechanical controls to be replaced by solid
state microprocessor controls.
"We're replacing 30-year-old elevator technology with the new," said the
library's director, Bill Hubbard. "The best feature of this new elevator
is that it will allow library users to move from floor to floor much faster
than the old ones."
It's not because the speed of the elevators is faster, though. The old
and new elevators move in the shaft at the same speed -- 300 to 500 feet
per minute. But Hubbard said that because the new controls are more efficient,
the system will move the cab between floors more directly, and it will
allow the maintenance department more control. For example, the former
system "parked" the cab of the library on the seventh and tenth floors.
The new system, once completed, allows control over where the
cabs will park. Say, if a large crowd is expected for a certain event,
one elevator could be parked at the lobby level and another at the floor
of the event.
Another new feature is an emergency power supply backup. The elevators
will continue operating even if power goes out. There are other safety
and efficiency controls that will take place once the project is completed.
The improvement to the elevator system is the library's first since it
was built in 1972. There have been minor improvements made, however.
The entire library is under contract for renovation, which will include
new carpeting, fresh paint, and other improvements. The work is being
done by Hudak and Dawson, who subcontracted the elevators to ThyseenKrupp.
The elevator project should be completed by the start of the new academic
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