Grand County employees getting stuck in ‘smart’ elevator
September 10, 2008
New buildings are bound to have kinks, and oftentimes advancing technology can bewilder.
Take the brand new judicial building’s “smart” elevator, for example, coded to remain closed to other users if an inmate from the county jail is on-board.
This high-security, high-tech elevator is so secure, however, it’s been keeping county employees in custody ” including a maintenance technician, a county planning employee and, rumor has it in-house, a cleaning professional on a Saturday.
Maintenance worker John Coffey was stranded in the elevator for about 20 minutes while moving items from the old courthouse building to the county’s storage area in the basement of the new judicial center.
“All buttons stopped responding,” Coffey said about trying to persuade the elevator to let him out, until technicians came to the rescue.
The same happened to the planning department’s Colleen Reynolds, who ventured to the county storage facility only to be held in captivity.
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The glitch in the elevator inadvertently targets those using the basement storage area, said County Manager Lurline Underbrink Curran and, fortunately, victims so far haven’t been claustrophobic.
As much as $40,000 was spent on the security elevator’s software programming, she said, although it’s apparent basement access wasn’t quite perfected.
The manager told county commissioners Tuesday she is seeing to it the problem gets fixed.
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