The McGlothlin Campus Center lost power this morning after a valve broke in the mechanical room downstairs. Water leaked onto an electric panel and caused a power transformer to trip.
Everything north of the Bean, including The Campus Store, Mail Services, all the offices downstairs and portions of the food court were without power.
ACU’s electrical contractors who do most of the electrical work on campus were able to respond quickly said Corey Ruff, executive director of facilities and campus management.
“Everything should be up and running temporarily until we get a new transformer ordered and put into place,” Ruff said.
He said the valve leak was likely because of aging infrastructure.
“Some of the piping in that building is original,” said Ruff. “It’s got quite a few years on it.”
Students noticed the lights were off in the building as early as 9:30 a.m. this morning and was still partially out until 3:00 this afternoon.
“The emergency lights were the only ones that were on but they were still serving food because I got Chick-fi-la,” said Victoria Garza, senior speech pathology major from Corpus Christi.
Ruff is confident that everyone should have power back on by the end of Wednesday.
“The internet was down for a little while because they lost power to some of their equipment” Ruff said.
At 2:00 campus management scheduled a temporary shut-down of the campus center in order for the electricians to be able to make the necessary corrections.
“All in all, everyone has been really cooperative and understanding, but it was an inconvenience to have service disrupted,” Ruff said.