Elevator issues arise

Kory Savage/The News Elevators on campus are routinely serviced to ensure the safety of passengers.
Kory Savage/The News Elevators on campus are routinely serviced to ensure the safety of passengers.

Kory Savage/The News
Elevators on campus are routinely serviced to ensure the safety of passengers.

(WITH VIDEO) – Within a four-day time span, students from Faculty Hall, the Fine Arts Complex and various Residential Colleges reported having problems operating the elevators in their building.

Additionally, seven people reported being stuck in elevators.

Mike Dunnavant, director of Building and Grounds Maintenance, said approximately 25 elevator “out of service” calls are received each month on average.

He said of those calls about two to three involve an actual “person stuck” situation.

Even though all 58 elevators on campus are routinely serviced by licensed elevator technicians through Facilities Management and annually inspected by Kentucky officials, they still have times when there are mechanical issues.

  “The elevators operate safely and are maintained on a day-to-day basis,” Dunnavant said.

Despite reports of students being stuck in elevators, most students continue to take them.

Allie Phillips, senior from Louisville, Ky., said getting stuck in an elevator isn’t something she worries about.

“I’m not claustrophobic,” she said. “I know if I ever did get stuck I would eventually get out.”

Laura Owens, senior from Owensboro, Ky., said she was more worried about how many people were taking the elevators at one time, than getting stuck on an elevator.

“I don’t decide whether or not to take an elevator on the chance that I may get stuck,” she said.

Story by Brittany Risko, Staff writer