With more than 38,000 students on their 400-acre urban campus, University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) administrators have turned to high-rise buildings to provide enough classroom and housing space to meet the needs of their growing student body. With college enrollment increasing 38% from 1999 to 2009 (from 14.8 million to 20.4 million), many other universities around the county have made similar decisions. This increase in students and faculty members places high demand on campus buildings and makes the job of maintaining elevators a high priority for facility managers responsible for getting students where they need to go in a safe and timely manner. UCLA facility managers are faced with high-traffic-volume buildings, the elevator interiors of which are often subjected to vandalism or unintended damage as students move their belongings in and out of a building.
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