The Division of Finance and Administration and University Facilities, Infrastructure and Operations are working closely with our energy utility, Pacific Power, on a plan to improve the safety and reliability of the Corvallis campus power grid. 

This effort calls for planned, short term power outages on campus to make necessary updates. OSU and Pacific Power will provide advance notice and back-up power resources to minimize the impact of these short-term outages.

The next planned outage will be held July 16-18, 2020. See affected buildings below.

If you have questions or concerns regarding the power outage, please contact Joe Majeski, director of facilities services. 


July 16-18, 2020 Planned outage Scheduled




Planned Outage: July 16-18, 2020

There will be a planned power outage beginning Thursday, July 16 starting at 5 A.M. and lasting until Saturday, July 18 at 7 A.M. so that Pacific Power can replace switches and cables that feed various buildings along SW Jefferson Way. This is the last of the electrical grid updates planned for SW Jefferson Way; upgrades will move to switches and cables along SW Campus Way later in 2020.

*IT is working to programmatically address restarting computers for people using Remote Desktop. They will be following up with users that are known to be impacted to let them know what to expect.*


The following buildings will be without power during the outage and, therefore, closed:

  • Fairbanks Hall
  • Moreland Hall

The following buildings will experience limited electrical service interruptions and will be without power for approximately two hours at the start of the project (Thursday, July 16 from 5 to 7 A.M.) and two hours at the end of the project (Saturday, July 18 from 5 to 7 A.M.):

  • Cauthorn Hall
  • Hawley Hall
  • Poling Hall
  • Weatherford Hall
  • Snell Hall
  • McAlexander Fieldhouse
  • Kerr Administration Building
  • Callahan Hall
  • McNary Dining Hall
  • McNary Hall
  • Wilson Hall
  • Pharmacy Building
  • Hattie Redmond Women and Gender Center
  • Joyce Collin Furman Hall
  • Gladys Valley Gymnastics Center
  • Buxton Hall
  • West Dining Hall 
  • Heckart Lodge
  • Reed Lodge
  • Langton Hall
  • Waldo Hall


During these service interruptions, we expect that most employees’ work schedules will not be impacted. However, hourly classified employees and salaried non-exempt classified and unclassified employees scheduled to work when buildings are without power should consult with their supervisors regarding work schedules during these temporary interruptions. For more information regarding work scheduling, please refer to the instructions regarding Interruptions of University Operations.

We apologize for any inconvenience that may occur temporarily during these important power grid improvements. Meanwhile, the university’s Power Grid Updates website has the latest information and frequently asked questions about planned updates and service interruptions.

If you have questions or concerns regarding the power outage, please contact Joe Majeski, director of facilities services. If you have questions or concerns regarding employee work time or leave, please contact Employee Relations.