Elevator Shop Completes $665,000 Factor Building Elevator Project
The Facilities Management Elevator Shop recently marked the completion of a $665,000 replacement of the elevator control systems on the four elevators inside the Factor Building when State officials officially certified the elevators on October 31st. The 16-month project was part of the Elevator Shop’s ongoing major maintenance program and was funded by Deferred Maintenance dollars provided by the campus. Included in the scope of work was the refurbishment and modernization of all four elevator cabs.
Erik Ulstrup, FM’s Senior Superintendent of Electrical Systems, praised the efforts of his elevator team, noting that the previous Factor elevator controllers were original to the building and had met their expected service life, which is a testament to the frequent and thorough preventive maintenance that the FM elevator team performs on all UCLA elevators.
The FM Elevator Shop, comprised of only 13 technicians, maintains 495 elevator conveyances on and off campus for UCLA FM clients. As is the case with virtually all their projects, the elevator technicians were assisted by a number of other FM shops, including Carpentry, Electrical, Sheet Metal, Masons, Flooring, Hardware, Security Systems and Plumbers, making the project a total team effort.
The 200,000 square foot Factor Building was built in 1981 and is UCLA’s tallest building at 17 stories, which includes two basement levels. It is the home of the UCLA School of Nursing, the Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center, and other important clients.
UCLA FM Elevator Shop. Left to right: Vincent Tiscareno, Leiga Samuelu, Javier Cardenas, Seiji Yamada, Brian Smith, Moises Jimenez, Frank Samuelu, Tim Burhans, Charlie Uribe, John Stiles, Francisco Garces, Ed Bedolla, Moises Lopez, Gabriel Alvarez. Not pictured: Swing Shift Mechanic Mike Nguyen