In order to improve the reliability of the electrical system supplying the UTEP campus, the Facilities Services department has been working closely with the El Paso Electric Co. to upgrade critical infrastructure feeding electricity to the campus.
To ensure the safety of the personnel completing this work, the entire system will need to be powered down during the connection of new electrical lines and the installation of an automatic transfer switch.
As a result, the main campus will be without power and HVAC from Dec. 26, 2014 to Jan. 1, 2015.
Backup generators and temporary feeds will be functioning at strategic locations to sustain certain operations, critical research and housing. All other equipment will be shut down.
Thank you for your patience and understanding as UTEP completes this important power upgrade. Inquiries regarding this outage should be directed to the Facilities Services department at x7116.
WHAT SHOULD I DO IF I HAVE RESEARCH THAT CANNOT BE INTERRUPTED?
Call Facilities Services at x7116 to discuss your specific circumstances. Essential functions will be powered in certain buildings containing critical research materials.
CAN I SEND AND RECEIVE EMAIL FROM HOME AND ACCESS UTEP WEB PAGES DURING THE OUTAGE?
Yes. The following IT services WILL be available off campus during the outage and from campus buildings not affected by the power outage:
• Library Servers
WHERE CAN I LEARN MORE ABOUT THE OUTAGE?
Town hall meetings in your campus neighborhood are scheduled in early December.
Monday, December 1 • 11a.m.
Undergraduate Learning Center, Room 106
Tuesday, December 2 • 10:30 a.m.
Chemistry & Computer Science Bldg., Room G.0208
Wednesday, December 3 • 3 p.m.
Physical Plant, Facilities Services Classroom 113
WHAT DO I NEED TO DO TO PREPARE FOR THE OUTAGE?
• Identify skeleton crew personnel who will require support from temporary facilities by Dec. 1 and notify Facilities Services at x7116
• Before you leave your office for the holidays:
– Empty and unplug your refrigerators
– Turn off and unplug your computer and other electronics
– Take delicate plants home
– Take home foods and medicines that require temperature control
Crews recently poured a concrete base along a portion of Kerbey Avenue between the Heritage House and the UTEP Dinner Theatre. An asphalt coat will be poured at a later date. Meanwhile, contractors are compacting the road base along a different 20- to 40-foot section of the street in preparation for another concrete pour.
The last of the three concrete benches on the north side of the Centennial Plaza were poured the week of Nov. 26. Landscapers continue to plant some large trees near the Psychology Building, Leech Grove and the lhakhang cultural center.
Workers will use high-pressure water lines to “dig” inspection holes in the area bordered by Old Main, and Quinn and Vowell halls. The holes will be about 10-feet deep to look for utility lines or large rocks in preparation for demolition and excavation during the winter break. Contractors will keep the noise level down during finals week.
Lastly, the University turned on some of its new LED (light-emitting diode) streetlights around the plaza on Nov. 24. The light poles are located around the Administration Building, Leech Grove, and the Peter and Margaret de Wetter Center.
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