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UMSU University Centre reopens

July 24, 2017 — 

UMSU University Centre lost power from a main breaker Monday morning. 

Security Services had vacated the building and locked all the doors while Physical Plant worked to correct the issue. 

Update, 4:27 p.m., July 25

Power has been restored to the UMSU University Centre and the building will officially reopen at 5 a.m. Wednesday morning, July 26. 

Thank you to everyone involved for your cooperation, understanding and patience in dealing with this matter.


Update, 2:50 p.m., July 25:

The electrical service has been restored to UMSU University Centre with the temporary hook ups and is cleared for return to operations. 

We are still very close on electrical demand so the electricians are pulling additional service capacity from Fitzgerald and Helen Glass and will have that installed by Friday afternoon.  We are working with the kitchen staff to reduce their electrical demand while allowing their operations to continue. 

Electricians are also continuing to review low priority loads and load shed to create some additional capacity. 

Staff should be allowed to return to their spaces on Wednesday morning.    

Update, 11:20 a.m., July 25:

The electricians have prepared the larger cable and are shutting the building down shortly for 60 min to make the connections. Once complete they will start restoring power for building services for lights and offices and managing the load. 

By late afternoon it is expected that most of the building should have power restored and we will be able to confirm that UMSU University Centre can return to operations on Wednesday. More information will follow as we make progress with restoring power.  We appreciate the patience and understanding with resolving this outage.

Update, 5:14 p.m., July 24:

The electrical department has advised that power to UMSU University Centre will be confined to essential/critical infrastructure only. The temporary power in place is not sufficient to power up all levels and areas of the building. As a result, the building will be closed and there will be no occupancy allowed into the building on Tuesday, July 25. The electricians are hopeful that full occupancy will be restored by Wednesday, July 26. 

Anyone who requires access to the building for essential service should contact Murray Elfenbaum, building manager.

Update, 4:17 p.m., July 24:
The electricians will be taking the system down again in order to complete the wiring to the secondary transformer. They estimate that this should take somewhere between 30-60 minutes to complete. Once this has been done, the electricians will restart the transformer in stages to make sure that load levels are at acceptable limits. 

Update, 3:34 p.m., July 24:

The electricians are currently on target to get UMSU University Centre back up and running by end of day today. If everything goes as planned, the building should be open tomorrow – Tuesday, July 25th.

Update, 12:57 p.m., July 24:

The problem has been assessed as a blown transformer for the UMSU University Centre building. Major work is currently being done by the electricians in an attempt to restore power to the building. 

The electricians are bypassing the blown transformer and running new electrical wiring to another transformer in order to get power to the building.

The electricians hope to get the majority of the building up and running by end of day today. 

The building is secure and signs have been posted on the exits advising of the closure.

Update, 11:53 a.m., July 24:

The electricians are working to isolate part of the building to get partial power back on line. The outage is significant and will take at least a few more hours to restore.

Update, 11:37 a.m., July 24:

The Bookstore will remain closed today. Sorry for the inconvenience.

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