Elevator damaged, but quickly restored; costs college $1,000

Campus Facilities are citing damage to the elevator in Building 35 as an act of vandalism in spite of the exact cause of the damage remaining unknown. The elevator was declared out of commission by campus security on Nov. 7 and has been fully operational since Nov. 15.

Penny Koal, the dean for facilities planning and operations, issued an email to all campus faculty on the day of the event apologizing for any disruptions.

According to the South Puget Sound Community College Facilities and Security Department, there is no information explaining how the elevator was damaged or by whom.

This is because, “We don’t have cameras on campus,” said Director of Security Lonnie Hatman.

No individuals came forward as witnesses to the incident.

Hatman said, “we couldn’t give out names even if we (had them) because of FERPA [Federal Educational Rights and Privacy Act].” FERPA prevents the release of any academic or personal records to unauthorized persons.

In order to have the area inspected, security called in an elevator technician from KONE, a company specializing in elevator and escalator manufacturing.

Campus Security Officer Douglas Swift said, “According to the technician, an inner door drive arm had been bent…this likely occurred by someone forcing the inner doors open or preventing them from closing.”

Swift also said that there were several hand prints on the doors; possible evidence that would credit this idea.

The elevator repair cost was approximately $1000 for parts and labor according to Tracie Highlan from the Facilities Department.

The cost was increased by the fact that the parts for the elevator had to be rush-shipped to the campus.

“That sucks,” said student Alex Poland, “the college is cutting its budget and now they have to deal with paying for an avoidable thing like this.”

If students or staff have any additional information that may be helpful contact campus security at (360) 596-5299 or stop by their office in building 25 room 104.

Published: Dec. 5, 2011 here.