Campus Outages

  • Poe Field Closure
    June 23, 2023

    Poe Field will be unavailable from June 2023 to August 2024. Installation began on a previously approved underground storm-water detention system in Poe Field required to support the current University Health Services project and for the upcoming Schmidt Hall project (anticipated start of Summer 2025). 

    While the stormwater system is being installed, approximately 400 geo-exchange bores will also be drilled on Poe Field to support the Steam to Hot Water Conversion Project which is a critical component of becoming carbon neutral by 2046. At the end of the project, Poe Field will be restored to its original state for campus and community use.

  • Steam Shutdown May 30, 2024
    April 9, 2024

    Each year Facilities conducts a one-day complete steam system shutdown to safely perform necessary and routine maintenance. See below for details and impacts from the steam shutdown on May 30 (Thursday after Commencement), including limited hot water and cooler temperatures in some areas. 

    • Thursday, May 30, 2024
    • All day, midnight to midnight
    • Affects all buildings on the main campus, as well as Forbes College, McCarter Theater, 1-14 West College Road Apartments, and the Graduate College. 
    • Limited or no hot water in most buildings, please plan accordingly 
    • Cooler than normal temperatures, especially in labs and some offices 
    • During the summer, steam is used for domestic hot water, some types of clothes dryers, laboratory autoclaves, commercial kitchens, and for space re-heating after the cooling coils have dehumidified the air.

    We recommend you have a sweater or jacket on hand Thursday, May 30 to stay comfortable with possible cooler inside temperatures. Since steam will not be available to re-heat cool, dehumidified air, a particularly humid day can cause even cooler inside air temperatures. Our annual steam shutdown happens the Thursday following commencement each year to minimize the impact on our campus community. Thank you for your cooperation and we apologize for any inconvenience this maintenance may cause.