Campus Enhancements

UPDATE: July 14, 2014

We are making progress on the important electrical distribution upgrade project.  Next week, we will be entering the phase in which equipment and wiring will be installed in the new underground vaults and conduits. 

I am writing to let you know that the work in this next phase will involve power interruptions to certain buildings at various times during two time blocks.  

The first interruptions are scheduled for July 15 through 18.  Facilities is working directly with the occupants in these facilities to address the impacts.  These interruptions will impact the football stadium on July 15 and 16, and Deihl, Johnson, and Wardman Scholars on July 18.  These facilities will either be powered by temporary generators or the occupants will relocate for a couple of days.

The second and more widespread set of interruptions are scheduled for the week of August 11.  A number of buildings will be connected to the new power grid during this week.  A meeting will be held on Thursday, July 31 in Club 88 at 11:00 am to explain the building connection process and timing.  

This summer Whittier College will replace and upgrade a portion of its electrical distribution system in order to improve our electrical capacity and minimize the chance of unanticipated power disruption in the future.

Beginning this week, the construction supervisor will be on campus. The week of May 19, construction work will begin. In total, the project is estimated to take 12 weeks to and will involve installing new underground infrastructure, primarily in the Upper and Lower Quad areas of campus.  The College has been working diligently with Facilities, Campus Safety, academic and administrative departments, as well as our contractor to minimize the impact of this project on the campus community. As such, the project will be done incrementally, with a relatively small amount of equipment and segments of trench covered each day as the contractor moves on to the next area. We ask that you use caution near the fenced off areas.

Please note that the only anticipated power outage is scheduled for the last week of the project, August 11-15. At that time electricity to a number of buildings on campus will not be available for several hours. Some backup generation is planned. As the project proceeds, additional information will be sent regarding power interruptions.

We thank you in advance for your cooperation.