Annual electrical shutdown to take place Friday night

Several University buildings will be inaccessible on the night of Friday, May 10 and the morning of Saturday, May 11 during the annual electrical shutdown.

The shutdown, which takes place each spring, will allow Facilities Management to perform preventative maintenance and repairs to the University’s electrical infrastructure.

Affected buildings include:

  • Schmon Tower
  • Thistle Complex
  • DeCew Residence
  • Vallee Residence
  • Central Utilities Building
  • Cairns Family Health and Bioscience Research Complex
  • Welch Hall

Starting at 6 p.m., networks in the buildings mentioned above will be powered down in anticipation of a full power shutdown and building closure that will take place from 9 p.m. until 10 a.m. the following morning. All doors will be locked and swipe card access will be unavailable during these times.

In advance of the shutdown, staff, students and faculty members in the affected areas are reminded to power down any sensitive electrical equipment, including computers and printers, while also cleaning out any refrigerators or other areas where stored items could spoil.

For emergency-only access to any of the affected areas, please contact Campus Security x3200 to make arrangements.

The rest of the main campus will experience a five-second power outage on Friday at 10 p.m., when the utility power is transferred, and again the following morning at 6 a.m., as the utility power is transferred back. The brief shutdowns will impact power to outlets within offices, classrooms and labs. Turning off computers and other sensitive equipment before leaving the University on Friday is recommended.

The University’s east buildings and satellite campuses will have normal power and will be operational as per usual.

Any questions or concerns about the work can be sent to Scott Kernicky, Electrical Services Manager ( or x6201) or Facilities Management customer service ( or x3717).

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