University of Houston students say Moody Tower elevators often malfunction


by Vicente Arenas/KHOU 11 News

Posted on March 22, 2012 at 7:09 PM

Updated Thursday, Mar 22 at 7:20 PM

HOUSTON—Several students say the elevators at Moody Towers go up, but always come down.

One student said the elevator was just bouncing up and down and wouldn’t move to the next floor.

Another student,  Sagar Kataria, said he’s gotten stuck in the elevator for an hour.

“I wasn’t sure what was happening,” he said.

Aiza Garcia agreed.

“I’d just be sitting there and we don’t know what to do,” he said.  

A University of Houston administrator said crews are currently trying to fix the malfunctioning elevators and replace parts that control their movements.

The UH spokesperson said students are not in danger.       

The elevators in the 18-story dorm are nearly 40 years old. They were installed when the building was constructed in 1972.

The University said the cars are supposed to last another ten years.

“I just take the stairs,” said Candace Saunders, a student who lives on the sixth floor.

It is not clear how many times the elevators have broken down.

KHOU has made a public information request for the number of calls made to help students in trouble.

Despite the elevator issues, students continue to use them.

“I feel safe,” said Chris Taylor.

And so do many other students. They must choose to risk taking the elevator or use the stairwells of one of the tallest buildings on campus.