Updated: Thursday, Dec. 4, 2014:
The electrical repair work was successfully completed early Thursday morning, so there will be no shutdown of electricity required tonight.
Original Posting: Tuesday, Dec. 2, 2014:
Insulation for high voltage electrical lines was damaged Tuesday during renovation work on West Union. Duke officials said there is no immediate risk; however, power to several surrounding buildings in the area needs to be shut down for repairs to be made.
The buildings impacted include:
- West Union
- Bryan Center Plaza
- Bryan Center
- Bryan Center Parking Garage (PG 4)
- Page Auditorium
- Flowers Building
- Penn Pavilion
"Power to these buildings will be shut down on Wednesday, Dec. 3 at midnight while repairs are made," said John Noonan, vice president for Facilities Management. "The work is expected to take between 2-6 hours, and power will be restored to these buildings at 6 a.m. Thursday morning to allow for meal preparation in dining facilities. If the repairs are not completed by that time, a subsequent shutdown will be conducted at midnight Thursday night."
Dining facilities in the Bryan Center will close at 11 p.m. Wednesday to allow for evacuation of the building prior to the shutdown, and access will be prohibited until power has been restored Thursday morning. The Bryan Center Parking Garage will remain open with gate access and lighting operational, but the elevators will be out of service during the shutdown.
There are no classes or other activities scheduled during the shutdown period. "Facilities Management is working directly with departments impacted by this scheduled power outage to accommodate special needs," Noonan said.
Future updates will be posted on Duke Today as information becomes available.