This bothers me greatly.
supposedly they release if the fire alarm is tripped
Well, supposedly, the emergency lighting was supposed to come on 3 years ago when the transformer blew up, and supposedly no more than one elevator is supposed to fail at any given time and supposedly the elevator call buttons are supposed to work all the time on our floor.
Besides those things which have happened, it's against Texas State Code, though I haven't checked to see if there's a fire code for Westlake which would override.
I've asked site ops for details, but gotten no response.
I may have to invoke TSC 417.008