Campus heat, hot water outage through May 19

May 8, 2024

a power plant in the foreground with the sun setting behind hills in the background
UAF photo by Todd Paris
The UAF heat and power plant is going through annual maintenance in May.

Facilities Services has started annual preventative maintenance on the UAF power plant and utilidor system. The work is expected to take about two weeks. In order to do the work safely, the campus steam system will be turned off.

What does that mean?

  • Buildings on the Troth Yeddha’ Campus will not have heat or hot water.
  • Cold water will still be available.
  • Critical research areas, such as greenhouses, will have temporary heating.
  • Showers on campus will not have hot water, including those in the Student Recreation Center, Patty Center, Wood Center and office/research buildings. Portable shower units will be set up near residential buildings for the people who live there.
  • Handwashing stations will be set up for food preparation.
  • Hand sanitizer will be available throughout campus.

What should you do?

  • Close your windows and exterior doors to preserve as much heat as possible.
  • Make sure you dress for the cooler indoor temperatures. Building temperatures could be in the 50s during the day, depending on outdoor temperatures.
  • If you live on campus, allow a little more time in your schedule for showering. If you don’t live on campus but typically use campus showers, make plans for showering at an off-campus location.
  • Watch your email inbox or check UAF on Alert for any urgent updates to the project.
  • Call 474-7000 if you have any questions.

Thank you for your patience as our Facilities Services team members work to ensure that our heat and hot water system is well-maintained and working properly. While scheduled outages can be inconvenient, they are critical to reducing the risk of unscheduled emergency outages during the winter months.