Campus power outages planned as part of electrical grid project

KEARNEY – The University of Nebraska at Kearney is planning a series of power outages as work progresses on a project that will improve the campus electrical grid.

These outages are necessary so contractors can connect Village Flats and the Plambeck Early Childhood Education Center to UNK’s high-voltage electrical grid and provide a redundant power supply for other buildings located west of the canal.

Electrical shutdowns are planned at the following times and locations:

  • Saturday, May 22, from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. – This outage impacts most of campus, excluding Village Flats, the Plambeck Early Childhood Education Center and Nebraska Safety Center driving range. Buildings will be completely dark unless they’re currently served by emergency generators.
  • Friday, May 28, from 8 to 10 a.m. – This outage impacts the College of Education building.
  • Tuesday, June 1, from 8 to 10 a.m. and Thursday, June 3, from 8 to 10 a.m. – These outages impact Village Flats and the Plambeck Early Childhood Education Center. The Plambeck Center will remain open both days.
  • 7 a.m. Thursday, June 3, until 7 p.m. Friday, June 4 – This outage impacts the G.W. Frank Museum. Staff will be required to work offsite.

Students and employees are advised to turn off computers and other devices connected to an electrical outlet prior to an outage impacting their building.

Meals will continue to be served at Louie’s Diner inside University Residence South on Saturday, May 22, and Residence Life staff will conduct regular check-ins to ensure students living in residence halls remain safe. The electronic entry systems will not work during the outages, so staff must let residents into the buildings.

Because the electrical work is outdoors, this schedule could be impacted by inclement weather. Updates will be provided if the schedule changes.

This project adds a medium-voltage electrical feeder that provides a redundant power supply for west campus and protects the area against future outages. The feeder also connects existing University Village buildings to the campus grid.

If you have questions about the planned outages, contact the UNK Facilities Management and Planning service desk at 308-865-1800.