The transformer that has provided power to the 1400, 1500, 1600 and 1700 buildings for years has given its last hoo-rah. Although it provided reliable electrical service for years, it can no longer meet the power needs of all the classrooms and offices in those buildings, so a new one will be installed. Installation will require that these buildings be without power from Aug.20 – Sept. 11.
“This was the best time we could find to hook up the new transformer,” said Facilities Director Bob Roehl, referring to the timing of the project taking place between quarters in order to affect as few people as possible. Roehl also said that the new transformer will meet all code requirements and will be easier to access since it won’t be underground in a vault like the former one was. No Power signs have also been posted at several locations around the buildings.
Theater Manager John Nold said that even though the theater will have no power for a few weeks that it really causes no problems. He had planned on taking some vacation time then anyway. “In fact,” he said, “there’s plenty for me to do without power like clean the shop up and work on the set for the fall drama, Eurydice.” Nold said that all he needs to do is throw open the shop door and that the daylight floods the shop.
Lyubov Braga, who works in the Business Administration Building, says she may take some time off and that a place has already been reserved for her in the 1300 Building.
The two other buildings affected, the Academic Skills Center and the ESL-GED Tech Center will be closed during the project.
“Although we planned well ahead to give employees plenty of time to prepare and find temporary work locations, I want to let them know that their kindness to move is really appreciated,” Roehl said in thanking the staff for their patience.
Watch Day at a Glance for updates on the project.