Alexander Stewart is the man with the plan when it comes to getting big blue accessible from floors one through 12.
“To get it ready, it’s a long process because we have to get the old stuff out of there. The old mechanism for the doors has to go and the machine upstairs, I’ve got to pull that down,” said Stewart.
The original building was built in 1920.
Then, for decades after major renovations around 1960, all the machinery was constantly responsible for lifting about five tons.
“The technology in this time, when they were thought up was a little bit exaggerated in everything they’ve done and it was like an overkill on the whole thing. There was way too much stuff on these elevators,” Stewart said.
In fact, now, it will only take about a 3-foot by 3-foot space to run the elevators instead of an entire wall of relay switches.
Stewart said they’re making good progress, “We’ve got this one running and we’re moving up and down the shaft working on the doors and taking the old equipment off and putting the new equipment on.”
Now with work underway on such a big piece of a downtown staple, staying on track is what’s most important.