Black Bldg. Elevator Modernization Project

In February 2022, we initiated an elevator modernization project to improve the reliability, function, and appearance of the elevators located in the William Black Building. Once this multi-year, multi-phase project is complete, occupants and visitors will see major upgrades to the building’s elevator infrastructure and new interior cab designs.

Project Facts

Project Location: William Black Building

Project Scope: Four elevators that service the building—including three passenger cars and one freight car—will be renovated to improve the reliability, functionality, and appearance of the elevators.

Special Features and Highlights: 

  • Major upgrades to the building’s elevator infrastructure, including new controls, drives, wiring, cables, governors, and door operators
  • Renovated cab interiors

Contractor: Nouveau Elevator

Status: In progress

Project Updates

Phase 1: Freight Elevator (Completed)

Beginning on Tuesday, February 22, 2022, the freight elevator (car #4) will be temporarily unavailable and will remain out of service through approximately Monday, June 13, 2022.

  • During this time, please use the adjacent passenger car #3 for freight elevator service. Signage will be placed on each floor indicating which elevator car is for freight service. 
  • For ADA-elevator access to Alumni Auditorium, please use the lift located in Schaefer Awards Gallery.
  • While we conduct elevator upgrades, please expect longer than usual delays for freight service.

Phase 2: Car# 1 (In Progress)

Beginning on Wednesday, July 6, 2022, elevator car #1 will be temporarily unavailable and will remain out of service through approximately late October 2022.

  • During this time, please use the adjacent passenger cars #2 and #3 for regular elevator service.
  • Please use car #4 (freight) for all freight service.

While we conduct elevator upgrades, please expect longer than usual delays for regular passenger service.