Electrical grid updates will require power shutdowns

Pacific Power & Light will be updating portions of the power grid on the OSU Corvallis campus over the coming weeks, necessitating some weekend power shutdowns to a number of buildings on campus. The replacement of these older, lesser load switches is part of a plan to provider greater power system stability on campus.

A number of incidents over the last several years on campus, including an electrical fire in steam tunnels underneath campus, and a power outage which prevented alarms from going off during the recent flooding of the Linus Pauling Science Center, have demonstrated the need to provide upgrades to the electrical system. These updates will require power shutdowns on a number of separate occasions, listed below:


April 21


The following buildings will be without power from approximately 8 a.m.-6 p.m.: Covell Hall, Merryfield Hall-West end, Graf Hall, Batcheller Hall, Benton Hall.

These buildings will have the power shut off at 8 a.m. and re-energized at approximately 10 a.m., then de-energized at 5 p.m. and re-energized at approximately 6 p.m.: Milam Hall, Bexell Hall, Kidder Hall, Milne Computer Center, Gleeson Hall, Gilkey Hall, Gilbert Addition, Shepard Hall, Dearborn Hall, Rogers Hall

April 28

The following buildings will be without power from approximately 8 a.m.-6 p.m.: Withycombe, Nash, Gilmore, Ballard Extension, Women’s Building.

June 16

The following buildings will be without power from approximately 8 a.m.-6 p.m.: Withycombe, McNary, Wilson, Callahan.

These buildings will have the power shut off at 8 a.m. and re-energized at approximately 10 a.m., then de-energized at 5 p.m. and re-energized at approximately 6 p.m.:Withycombe, Nash, Gilmore, Ballard Extension, Women’s Building, Snell, McAlexander Fieldhouse, Gladys Valley Gymnastics Center, Pharmacy, Women’s Center, Education, Kerr Admin.

Your contacts for questions and concerns regarding this shutdown are Stuart Larson (stuart.larson@oregonstate.edu) and Scott Drahn (scott.drahn@oregonstate.edu) .  You can also contact the Campus Operations Work Coordination Center (541) 737-2969.

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