GM Shuts Off RenCen Escalators to Save Money

Robert Farago
by Robert Farago

To: All GM Renaissance Center Tenants and Marriott Hotel
From: John A. Cullen
Date: October 14, 2008
Re: GM Renaissance Center Escalators—Energy Conservation

In an effort to make the GM Renaissance Center more energy efficient, we will be shutting off the designated escalators beginning tonight and until further notice:

Tower 100 Level 1–Level 2
Tower 200 Level 1–Level 2
Tower 300 Level 1–Level 2
Tower 300 Level A–Level 1

Every Monday through Thursday, these escalators (up and down) will be shut off at 7:00 pm and turned back on at 6:00 am the following morning. During the weekends, the escalators will remain off from Friday 7:00 pm until Monday 6:00 am. For your safety, stanchions will be placed at the top and bottom of each escalator.

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  • Boston Boston on Oct 25, 2008

    They have the motion activated escalators in every subway station in Munich. It works perfectly fine. Of course, if it was designed by GM it would probably burst into flames and punch you in the face while riding it.

  • MotorCityIsBurning MotorCityIsBurning on Oct 27, 2008

    That's not all they're shutting off. My father who works there shared with me this weekend that many people were having their voicemail shut off or reduced to a bare minimum as per their provider contracts.

  • Kevin Kluttz Kevin Kluttz on Oct 27, 2008

    All this time I thought you were calling GM "RenCen" to mean "Rent-a-Center." I had no idea it was Renaissance Center. Rent-a-Center is better.

  • Frank Williams Frank Williams on Oct 27, 2008

    This just in: One of the escalators in the Renaissance Center jammed today, grinding to a halt. Four General Motors executives were on it when the accident occurred and remained trapped there for three hours until building maintenance personnel were able to get it restarted. While visibly shaken, the executives were uninjured by their harrowing experience. Film at eleven.