Oxford campus prepares for spring maintenance

tulipsMiami University’s annual steam shutdown is scheduled to begin at 3 p.m. Sunday, May 19. Service is expected to resume by 8 p.m. Sunday, May 26.

During this outage, building heat, hot water production and steam cooking capacity will be affected in most buildings on campus.

Please contact Doug Hammerle, director of energy systems, at or (513)-529-1696 with any questions regarding the scheduled steam outage.

Power down during electrical testing

Testing of the Oxford campus electrical system will take place between 10 p.m. Thursday, May 23 and 2 a.m. Friday, May 24, causing multiple power outages.

Miami is committed to testing the readiness and verifying the operation of the Oxford campus electric system. In the event of an extended power outage, these complex systems are designed to help restore power to much of the campus utilizing our on-site generators.

All buildings on campus will experience electrical outages except for the following buildings, which are directly served by Duke Energy: Lewis Place, Old Manse, Simpson-Shade, Lottie Moon and the Equestrian Center. Off-campus buildings will not be affected.

Power will be lost and restored a number of times during the testing window, but off no longer than two hours at one time. This will cause a loss of lighting, elevator use, heating, cooling, refrigeration equipment and some phone and network service.

An outage longer than one hour could create issues with door entry by card access, so please plan accordingly. The fire protection systems will remain functional throughout the testing, but the alarm system will not be able to automatically dial 911. If there is a fire alarm event, please exit the building and call 911 to report that you have safely exited.

It is highly recommended that individuals not be on campus during this test, unless absolutely necessary.

All electrical equipment should be turned off prior to and during the test.

This includes all computers, printers, fax machines and other electronic devices.

No critical processes or events should be scheduled during this time frame.

Emergency generators within several buildings will be operating, but they only provide power for life safety systems. Because Marcum Conference Center and Havighurst Hall will have significant occupancy, temporary total building generators will be installed to provide power throughout the testing event.

Please contact Scott Lessing, senior electrical systems operation manager, at or (513)-529-8036 with any questions about the electrical testing.