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Lausche to close for annual maintenance on June 13

Ohio University's Lausche Heating Plant will be shut down for the second consecutive year for annual maintenance beginning Sunday, June 13. Cooling, hot water and heating will be affected in some buildings for about 14 days.

The project involves maintenance and repair to heating plant equipment, including steam lines, hot water supply and return lines in the tunnel system. The work is required to increase the reliability of the heating plant operation. Last year at the same time, the plant was shut down for the first time since 1997 to do similar maintenance and repairs.

Special accommodations will be made for students and guests needing temporary on-campus housing during the shutdown.
Affected areas of the Athens campus include:

•    College Green: All buildings will be without heat and hot water. Alden Library, Copeland Hall, Ellis Hall and Scripps Hall will have additional shortages.

•    East Green: All buildings will be without heat and hot water, but will have access to cooling.

•    North Green: All buildings will be without heat and hot water. Old Baker Center, the RTV building and Kantner Hall will experience a 75 percent reduction in cooling, and Glidden Hall's dehumidification equipment will be affected.

•    West Green: All buildings will be without heat and hot water, except Bromley Hall, which will have heat. All buildings and Stocker Center, Irvine Hall and the Life Sciences Research Facility will see a reduction in services dependent on high pressure steam. Cooling in West Green buildings will not be affected.

•    South Green: Morton Hall, Botanical Research, Zoology, Surface Science and Lower Campus Grounds will be without heat or hot water. In addition, Morton will not have cooling and Clippinger Hall's cooling will be slightly affected. The 15 New South Green buildings will not be affected.

•    Sports Complex: The Ping Center will be without cooling, heat or hot water, while the Convocation Center, Bird Arena and Aquatic Center will be without heat and hot water. Peden Stadium will not be affected.

•    Service Center: Food Service Operations and Facilities Management will not haveheat, water or hot water, while all Facilities Management office will not have hot water. Service Center buildings except the HDL Center will not have heat. Cooling will not be affected.

•    The Ridges, Research and Enterprise Park, Bush Airport, Hwa Wee Lee Library Annex and the Hebbardsville Animal Complex will not be affected.

For more details about the shutdown, contact Clyde Pierce, assistant director maintenance and operation main trades in Facilities Management, at 740-593-2911 or piercec@ohio.edu.