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 planned outage planned for March 26-28, 2020. is POSTPONED. 

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


March 26-28, 2020 Planned outage is POSTPONED




Postponed - Planned Outage: March 26 to 28, 2020

There will be a planned power outage beginning Thursday, March 26 starting at 5 A.M. and lasting until Saturday, March 28 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 in June of 2020.


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, March 26 from 5 to 7 A.M.) and two hours at the end of the project (Saturday, March 28 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.