Power Outage on Caltech’s South Campus Could Last Several More Days

Temporary generators activated to support buildings during repairs

Published : Wednesday, January 31, 2018 | 5:50 PM

Following an overnight power outage affecting the campus south of California Boulevard, Institute officials report Wednesday that electricity has been restored to several buildings, but that IPAC and the athletics facilities may not have power permanently restored for several days.

Bill Taylor, senior director of facilities management, says the cause of the outage is underground and has not been definitively located.

“It’s a significant problem, but limited to a small area,” he says, adding that repairs could take the rest of the week.

The outage began at 1:30 a.m. on Wednesday morning. Power to the Child Care Center, Young Health Center, and the California Parking Structure was restored later in the morning, Taylor says, but Brown Gym, Braun Athletic Center, the pool, and IPAC’s data center remained affected as of Wednesday afternoon. Emergency generators have been deployed and connected to provide temporary power to Braun and IPAC.

Caltech’s pool is closed until further notice, as are most of the athletics department’s other classes and activities. Wednesday night’s intercollegiate women’s basketball game, however, will be played on schedule. For the latest on when activities will resume, check the department’s Twitter feeds at @CaltechRec and @CaltechBeavers.






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