(Sept. 20, 2013) -- UTSA Facilities crews restored the air conditioning system on the Main Campus at approximately 5 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 19, and building temperatures returned to normal over the next several hours.
The outage began at 3:50 a.m. when campus energy plants had a loss of water in the chilling system, which automatically shut it down. Thursday classes continued as scheduled and offices remained open while the cause of the outage was resolved.
At 3:50 a.m., Thursday, the north and south energy plants on the UTSA Main Campus had a loss of chilled water causing the shutdown of the air conditioning system. The outage did not affect buildings on the west side of the campus, most residence facilities and offices in the Bauerle Road garage, which have separate systems. Most other buildings in the campus core had reduced or no cooling capacity much of the day.
At approximately 3:30 p.m., maintenance crews identified and repaired the source of the problem, a water pipe break at the construction site of the North Paseo Building. After repairs, cooling was restored building by building and temperatures returned to normal by late last night.
Before the pipe break was found, the campus cooling system was at a severely reduced capacity. In order to keep building temperatures within tolerable ranges until repairs were completed, Facilities alternated cooling to individual buildings. Additionally, air handlers in all buildings provided airflow to help regulate temperatures as much as possible without cooling.
For more information, contact Facilities Work Control at 210-458-4262.
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