Each year Facilities conducts a one-day campus steam system shutdown to safely perform necessary and routine maintenance. This year the scope of our work enables us to limit steam shutdowns to specific areas of campus. However, in the unlikely event of a safety issue, we may have to shut off steam to other parts of campus. In all cases, we will minimize the duration of the impact as much as possible. 

Our annual steam shutdown happens the Thursday following commencement every year to minimize the impact on our campus community. Thank you for your cooperation and we apologize for any inconvenience this maintenance may cause. If you would like to receive Facilities Outage emails please sign up for the Facilities outage email listserv and/or follow us on Twitter @PUFacilities.

The details of the 2019 steam shutdown, what you can expect and the specific locations affected this year are as follows:

  • Thursday, JUNE 6, 2019 
  • All day, 12:01am - 11:59pm
  • Limited or No hot water, 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, June 6 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. 

steam shutdown 2019 buildings

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  • Utility
Outage type: 
Outage period: 
Thursday, Jun. 6, 2019 (All day)
Affected locations:
  • Berlind Theatre
  • Bloomberg Hall
  • Butler College
  • College Road Apartments
  • Computer Science Building
  • Engineering Quad A Wing
  • Engineering Quad B Wing
  • Engineering Quad C Wing
  • Engineering Quad D Wing
  • Engineering Quad E Wing
  • Engineering Quad F Wing
  • Forbes College
  • Friend Center
  • Icahn Laboratory
  • MacMillan Building
  • McCarter Theatre
  • McCosh Health Center
  • Mudd Library
  • New Graduate College
  • New South Building
  • Old Graduate College
  • Sherrerd Hall
  • Spelman Halls
  • Whitman College
  • Wilcox Hall
  • Wilson College

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