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          Planned Electrical Power Shutdown August 2020

          Planned Electrical Power Shutdown August 2020

          The first phase of the campus electrical power upgrade was successfully completed in August 2019. Facilities must complete the next phase of the campus’ main transformer and 5kV high voltage electric switchgear retrofit project. As with the August 2019 work, all electrical power on the campus grid must be off so this second phase can be done safely and effectively.

          The phase two upgrade—originally scheduled for May 11 through May 15, 2020—has been rescheduled to 5 p.m. on Thursday, August 6 through 7 p.m. on Monday, August 10. During this time, the campus will be closed to all non-essential personnel.

          The building shutdown has been scheduled to minimize the impact to campus residents as much as possible. Critical facilities and occupied residence halls will be provided with full building electric power, via temporary electric generators.

          Per Madison Borough’s Fire Marshall’s request, all unoccupied buildings will be locked and unavailable for use throughout the shutdown period. Unless previous arrangements have been made through Facilities, no events or activities are authorized to be scheduled on campus or in any Drew building during the power shutdown period.

          All non-essential community members, with the exception of authorized residential students, should remain off campus during the five-day shutdown period. Please note: students with authorization to reside on campus during the planned utility power shutdown will receive a separate communication.

          Please note that even though the shutdown occurs in a payroll week, this has no impact on the timeliness of your paychecks. If you are receiving a real check, your check will be mailed to you on Thursday as normal.

          To prepare to take the entire campus off utility power in the safest and most stable way, Facilities will begin shutting down buildings at 5 p.m. on Thursday evening. Throughout Thursday night and all day Friday, Facilities will continue to systematically shut down each building’s HVAC, plumbing, and other building systems.

          For everyone’s safety and the success of this challenging endeavor we reiterate that the entire campus, buildings, and grounds are closed for the duration of the shutdown. Just as they are during DVT, all Drew network systems will be remotely accessible during the power shutdown, and faculty and staff are asked to continue their work remotely during this time.

          Please direct any questions related to the planned electrical power shutdown to Facilities at facilities@drew.edu. Specific questions regarding personal work situations should be directed to your manager or the appropriate dean’s office, while technology-related concerns can be addressed to helpdesk@drew.edu.

          We thank you in advance for your help in making this a successful power shutdown.


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