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Nine buildings to have scheduled shutdown of power

Thu, 12/30/2010 - 3:20pm

Power to nine buildings in the heart of the Oregon State University main campus will be turned off on Friday, Dec. 31, to allow crews to replace cables that provide electricity to those facilities.

The work, which is unrelated to last month's electrical fire, has been arranged for a day that the university will be officially closed, and thus will have negligible impact on faculty and staff. With classes not in session due to the winter holiday break, students are not expected to be inconvenienced, either.

Buildings that will be affected by the scheduled shut down are as follows:

  • Pharmacy Building
  • Education Hall
  • Snell Hall
  • McAlexander Fieldhouse
  • Gladys Valley Gymnastic Center
  • Kerr Administration Building
  • Wilson Hall
  • Callahan Hall
  • McNary Dining Center

All of the affected buildings will be shut down early Friday morning. After about one hour, OSU Facilities Service will bring up the following buildings back online: Pharmacy, Education, Snell, McAlexander and Gladys Valley.

Crews will need an additional eight to 10 hours to complete work on the electrical system serving the four remaining buildings. When work is completed, the entire system will be shut down for one hour, then all buildings will be energized once again.

Facilities Services cautions that the specified down time represents estimated durations, and depending on what crews encounter on Friday, may take more or less time. Though faculty, staff and students are discouraged from attempting to use any of the buildings on Friday, voicemail, e-mail and network services for those facilities will remain available throughout the outage. Operations are expected to return to normal on Monday, Jan. 3, when the university officially reopens.

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Update: Fire recovery progress

Thu, 12/02/2010 - 7:20am

All buildings on campus now have network access. Overnight, Milam and the Black Cultural Center, the last two buildings without access, were brought online.

Crews continue to work to restore phone access, and repairs continue on the communications infrastructure to bring the campus entirely back to full service for data and voice. There are still a number of buildings operating at a reduced capacity, including Kelly, Bexell, BCC, Gilbert and Gilbert Addition, Plageman, Weniger and Milam.

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Electronic Classrooms:

Mon, 11/29/2010 - 10:00am

Media Services will have personnel on hand to assist with classroom technologies in buildings that do not have network access. Customers may also call the Help Line at 541-737-3806. Instructors are advised to bring classroom materials on portable media, such as USB thumb drives, if they will be teaching in buildings affected by the network outage. Please note: Help phones in classrooms affected by the phone outage will be inoperable, so instructors are also encouraged to bring a mobile phone, if possible.

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OSU classes, work to resume as normal today (Monday, Nov. 29)

Mon, 11/29/2010 - 7:24am

UPDATE: Weniger Hall is experiencing issues with data service this morning, related to last Wednesday's fire. Information Services is addressing the problem, and hopes to have it resolved quickly today. Data service, meanwhile, has been restored to Gilmore.

Thanks to repair work described as "phenomenal" over the past four days as OSU struggled to recover from a Wednesday morning electrical fire , the university will re-open for classes and normal operations tomorrow, Monday, Nov. 29, with electrical power functioning at all campus facilities and only six buildings remaining without computer data service.

Only the following buildings remain without data connections: Bexell, Black Cultural Center, Gilbert and Gilbert Addition, Gilmore and Milam.

As previous recovery updates have noted, some buildings continue to have no phone service - a condition that may persist through the end of the fall term, as repair work may not be able to be completed until then. The affected buildings are: Bexell, Black Cultural Center, The GEM, Gilbert and Gilbert Addition, Gleeson, Kearney, Kelley Engineering, Milam, Owen, Plageman Student Health Center, Rogers and Weniger.

Of those buildings, fire alarm systems and elevator emergency phones are not functional in Kearney and Owen. Faculty, staff and students in those buildings who suspect a fire is in process should use mobile phones to call 911. In instances where elevators do not have operational emergency phones, they will be labeled. Individuals with disability issues who require elevator access are encouraged to call Public Safety at (541) 737-3010 for assistance.

For faculty and staff in buildings without data access who require connectivity to the university network or Internet, the Valley Library has set aside a small number of laptops available for checkout that may be used in areas of campus where wireless connection is possible. Interested faculty and staff should contact the Computer Helpdesk located in the Information Commons on the main floor of the Valley Library.

The Milne Computing Center is also fully operational, and its computer labs are open to students and employees. Faculty teaching in buildings without data access are also encouraged to visit http://alert.oregonstate.edu for additional information and assistance to be posted this evening.

With crews continuing repair work this evening, any changes to the above information will be posted at http://alert.oregonstate.edu as they become available. Finally, faculty, staff or students who experience an on-campus emergency are encouraged to call OSU Public Safety at (541) 737-7000 or 911.

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OSU classes, work to resume as normal tomorrow (Monday, Nov. 29)

Sun, 11/28/2010 - 6:24pm

Thanks to repair work described as "phenomenal" over the past four days as OSU struggled to recover from a Wednesday morning electrical fire , the university will re-open for classes and normal operations tomorrow, Monday, Nov. 29, with electrical power functioning at all campus facilities and only six buildings remaining without computer data service.

Only the following buildings remain without data connections: Bexell, Black Cultural Center, Gilbert and Gilbert Addition, Gilmore and Milam.

As previous recovery updates have noted, some buildings continue to have no phone service - a condition that may persist through the end of the fall term, as repair work may not be able to be completed until then. The affected buildings are: Bexell, Black Cultural Center, The GEM, Gilbert and Gilbert Addition, Gleeson, Kearney, Kelley Engineering, Milam, Owen, Plageman Student Health Center, Rogers and Weniger.

Of those buildings, fire alarm systems and elevator emergency phones are not functional in Kearney and Owen. Faculty, staff and students in those buildings who suspect a fire is in process should use mobile phones to call 911. In instances where elevators do not have operational emergency phones, they will be labeled. Individuals with disability issues who require elevator access are encouraged to call Public Safety at (541) 737-3010 for assistance.

For faculty and staff in buildings without data access who require connectivity to the university network or Internet, the Valley Library has set aside a small number of laptops available for checkout that may be used in areas of campus where wireless connection is possible. Interested faculty and staff should contact the Computer Helpdesk located in the Information Commons on the main floor of the Valley Library.

The Milne Computing Center is also fully operational, and its computer labs are open to students and employees. Faculty teaching in buildings without data access are also encouraged to visit http://alert.oregonstate.edu for additional information and assistance to be posted this evening.

With crews continuing repair work this evening, any changes to the above information will be posted at http://alert.oregonstate.edu as they become available. Finally, faculty, staff or students who experience an on-campus emergency are encouraged to call OSU Public Safety at (541) 737-7000 or 911.

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For Employees in Buildings Without Data Service

Sun, 11/28/2010 - 6:20pm

For faculty and staff in buildings without data access who require connectivity to the university network or Internet, the Valley Library has set aside a small number of laptops available for checkout that may be used in areas of campus where wireless connection is possible. Interested faculty and staff should contact the Computer Helpdesk located in the Information Commons on the main floor of the Valley Library. Beginning Monday, some computers at the Help Desk will be set up to accommodate file transfers. Those interested in using them for that purpose should bring a USB thumb drive for downloading files.

The Milne Computing Center is also fully operational, and its computer labs are open to students and employees. Faculty teaching in buildings without data access are also encouraged to visit http://alert.oregonstate.edu for additional information and assistance to be posted this evening.

Individuals working in buildings without network access on Monday may access files stored on CN-Home and CN-Share via the internet from home. If you need critical files for activities on Monday, instructions for access are located at the following addresses:

PC Users:
http://oregonstate.edu/is/tss/cn/techtips/Accessing_Network_Drives_MyCN

and Mac Users:
http://oregonstate.edu/is/tss/cn/techtips/MyCN_for_Mac

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Recovery from Wednesday's fire makes major progress

Sat, 11/27/2010 - 6:19pm

Facilities Services and Information Services crews continue to make rapid progress in making necessary repairs allowing OSU to recover fully from Wednesday's electrical fire that caused the university to close earlier than expected for the week.

Electrical service was restored to the remaining 14 buildings without power on Friday evening — a major development, as it allows classes scheduled for those facilities, several of them major classroom buildings, to go forward on Monday.

Data service was re-established at six more buildings Friday evening and Saturday, leaving 8 buildings remaining without service: Milam, Weniger, Bexell, Black Cultural Center, Gilmore, Gilbert and Gilbert Addition and Plageman. Information Services officials are optimistic that service will be restored at some of those buildings by Monday; however, it is likely that a few will still be lacking network connectivity. Staff continues to work to restore service to affected buildings, and a current list of buildings with service issues will be included in tomorrow's update.

Phone service will continue to be an issue over the remainder of the quarter for 17 buildings: The GEM, Benton, Bexell, Black Cultural Center, Dearborn, Education, Gilbert, Gilbert Addition, Gilmore, Gleeson, Kearney, Kelly, Kidder, Milam, Owen, Plageman and Weniger.

Officials say the complexity of the repairs involved and parts required mean that phone systems for these buildings will not be able to be replaced until the end of December. Until then, individuals working in these buildings are able to forward calls from their office land lines to mobile phones or other landlines. Telecommunications Services will be contacting the departments affected on Monday with instructions on how to do this.

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Information on remaining power, phone and data issues from Wednesday's fire

Sat, 11/27/2010 - 10:00am

Clean-up and repair continues from Wednesday's early-morning electrical fire in steam tunnels beneath the Oregon State University Corvallis campus, with 26 buildings continuing to experience no electrical power, no data service or no phone service or some combination of those three. However, crews from OSU Facilities Services and Information and Services and Pacific Power & Light have completed initial clean up and assessment and are beginning to restore services, with most of the buildings expected to become functional for class meetings and work by Monday.

The fire that caused problems widespread enough that the university closed at noon on Wednesday included an electrical "arc flash occurrence," a super-hot burst that melted piping and insulation in the steam tunnels. Asbestos abatement had to be completed, air in the tunnels had to be cleaned and piping and insulation repaired before restoration of services to affected buildings could get underway, and crews accomplished that by working at breakneck speed throughout the Thanksgiving holiday.

As of Friday at 5 p.m., the following buildings remained without at least one of the services above (power, data or phone):

Ballard, Batcheller, Benton, Bexell, Black Cultural Center, Dearborn, Education, Gilbert, Gilbert Addition, Gilkey, Gilmore, Gleeson, Graf, Hovland, Kearney, Kelly, Kidder, Merryfield, Milam, Milne, Owen, Plageman, Rodgers, Shepard, Waldo and Weniger.

Power is expected to be restored to most, if not all, of those buildings by Monday. Data service is likely to remain offline for seven or eight building by Monday, with restoration taking place by the end of next week. Telephone service in 16 buildings will take longer to restore as it requires laying new copper cables, and the immediate priority is to restore power and data services to all affected buildings.

Provisions are being made for faculty in affected buildings to access computers in parts of the Valley Library specially set aside for this purpose. The Valley Library will be open 24 hours a day beginning Sunday. For those in buildings where phone service will be unavailable, the university is encouraging use of cell phones over the remainder of the semester, and is able to forward phone calls to individual OSU landlines to a cell or land number for each affected individual. Facilities Services is working to provide radio transmitters for elevators in buildings without phone service.

The OSU Alert web page (http://www.alert.oregonstate.edu) will be updated by 6 p.m. on Saturday night and 6 p.m. on Sunday night with updated information regarding restoration of services to each of the buildings noted above, and an additional campus-wide e-mail will be distributed with the same information on both days. Faculty, staff and students are encouraged to check e-mail and the website both days to learn about specific conditions they may expect to counter on campus on Monday, particularly if they work or attend class in any of the affected buildings. Further direction will be provided, as well, on using the university's call forwarding system.

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Campus Closure

Wed, 11/24/2010 - 10:50am

The University's Corvallis campus is closing for the remainder of the day, effective at noon. Damage, smoke issues and other complications resulting from an electrical fire this morning in the university's steam tunnels has caused widespread problems with electrical service, heating, smoke and network connectivity in a long and growing number of buildings. For the safety of our students, employees and campus visitors, please know that you may leave for the remainder of the day, though essential personnel are expected to remain on the job.

Residence halls and campus dining facilities have thus far not been affected, and service to our resident students will continue unaffected.

Facilities and Information Services crews are addressing a complex situation resulting from the fire. Please stay in touch with alert.oregonstate.edu, the OSU home page and 541-737-8000, as well as http://www.flashalert.net/, for updates as they become available.

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Weather Conditions

Tue, 11/23/2010 - 4:15pm

With conditions projected to improve this evening, OSU expects to continue normal operations tomorrow, Wednesday, Nov. 24. We appreciate the patience and caution of those who confronted difficult conditions in traveling to campus today.

With occasional snow flurries still falling and road conditions remaining difficult in some areas, those traveling to and from campus tomorrow are encouraged to allow extra time for the commute and exercise appropriation caution. Drivers in particular may find information at the Oregon Dept. of Transportation's Trip Check site valuable in learning about conditions of specific routes before leaving for campus or leaving campus for home.

As always, information regarding any closure of campus or delay in opening will be posted at alert.oregonstate.edu, on the university home page and recorded at 541-737-8000 by 6 a.m. on the day in question.

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