Last week's power outage blamed on construction

A power outage last Tuesday that left more than a dozen buildings at the southern end of campus without electricity was caused by construction related to the Munger Graduate Residences near Lane A, according to Dean Murray, steam systems manager in the utilities division of Facilities Operations.

The outage on April 24 started at 2:20 p.m. when damage occurred to a high-voltage duct bank that tripped a feeder that supplies electricity to about 16 buildings. Buildings came back online at different times, with electricity flowing into the last facility the next morning, at 7:30 a.m.

The outage affected the High Temperature Gas Labs, Dinkelspiel Auditorium, Storey House, the Post Office, Braun Music Hall, Robert Moore North and South, Florence Moore, the Drell and Owens houses, the Ziff Center for Jewish Life, Sigma Nu, the Haas Center for Public Service, the Student Services Center, Columbae and Lathrop.

All but the Student Services Center, which houses the Career Development Center, were back on normal power by 8:30 p.m. on April 24. A temporary generator supplied electricity to the center the next morning, with repairs to the high-voltage line that feeds that building completed by 10:45 p.m. The investigation into who is at fault is under way, Murray said.