Department of Veterans Affairs

Elevator Efficiency

The elevators in our building at VA's central office are slow and inefficient. Our the course of a year, I am certain that we lose several FTEs in man hours spent waiting for the elevators. We have two banks of elevators. It would increase efficiency if one of the banks of elevators served only floors A-1 and 7-11. Previously I worked in the Export-Import Bank building where they have such a system, and it is much ...more »

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Department of Housing and Urban Development

Encourage Us to Take the Stairs

By elevator banks, put up signs that say "Just going 1 flight? 2 flights? 3 flights? Take the stairs! --->" (The arrow points to the stairs.) I think a lot of people take the elevator out of habit, or don't know how close the stairs are, and these signs would nudge people in the right direction. Some people will never take the stairs but I'd bet most people would at least think twice before taking the elevator just ...more »

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United States Agency for International Development (USAID)

Shut off escalators that are adjacent to elevators

All escalators that are next to elevators should be shut off to conserve operating energy and maintenance costs. People are able to walk up a flight of stairs. If there is an elevator close enough to accomodate people who can't use stairs, the escalator is redundant. The exercise will also improve people's health, saving on health insurance costs.

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