Elevators, Lifts, Dumbwaiters

Elevators, lifts and dumbwaiters move people or goods between floors of a building or other structure. They ensure that our facilities are accessible - especially where ramps would be impractical.

Maintenance and Repairs

Regular maintenance of elevators, lifts and dumbwaiters in our buildings is conducted to minimize the chance of failure and ensure compliance with State of California elevator code requirements.

Only State-certified elevator technicians may work on the mechanical components of an elevator. Building & Grounds personnel are not certified elevator technicians, and cannot maintain or repair elevator/lift/dumbwaiter equipment. We contract with elevator service providers for those specific, highly technical and regulated services. 

Fast Facts 

  • 43 Elevators
  • 7 Lifts
  • 3 Dumbwaiters
  • 0 Escalators
  • 2017 Annual Maintenance Contract Fees $205,957


If you are in an elevator and it should fail for any reason, it is important that you stay calm!

  • the elevator car will not fall
  • you will not run out of oxygen
  • emergency lights in each car will activate for your safety

Elevators have mechanical safety brakes that operate in all situations, even during power failures. In the event of a power outage, the elevator will return to a pre-designated floor and the doors will open automatically.

In the event the elevator stops operating while you are inside:

  • Do not try to force the doors open or attempt to get out of the elevator on your own
  • Use the emergency call button or telephone in the elevator to report the situation. Give the dispatcher the following information:
    • Name of the Campus or Center
    • Building name
    • Location within the building of malfunctioning elevator
    • Where the car is stopped, if known
    • Whether a medical emergency exists for anyone inside the elevator
    • Wait until the dispatcher advises you to disconnect