The old Building 8 escalators have received a long overdue upgrade, flagging the first stage in NAS’ overall strategy to improve people-movement across the City campus.

Project: Building 8, Escalators

Architect: Lyons

Commenced: 14 December 2014

Completed: 2 March 2015

While the end of the 2014 academic year flagged a well-earned rest for many across RMIT, for the team in Facilities Management it was time to get busy and move 65 tonnes of metal in and out of the centre of Building 8.

The planned removal and replacement of 10 x 6.5 tonne escalators before semester one 2015, a priority before works on the New Academic Street project started later that year, was a challenging task.

After secure hoardings were erected, a team of four contractors and six escalator specialists worked through the University holiday period to install the new units.

It took the team from the German industrial manufacturer ThyssenKrupp and Brookfield Multiplex four days to remove the 10 old units before the Christmas break and another four days to install the 10 new ones, fresh off the docks after being shipped from China where they were manufactured.

With the bulk of the ‘heavy lifting’ now over, the internal hoarding next to the Swanston Library stairway has been reconfigured to create wider access for pedestrians.

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