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UH hopes to restore power in time for classes Monday

By Nanea Kalani

LAST UPDATED: 01:59 p.m. HST, Feb 07, 2014

University of Hawaii-Manoa officials aren't sure how much it will cost to turn the power back on in two buildings that house chemistry labs and other science classrooms, but hope to have the problem resolved by Monday.

More than two dozen classes in Bilger Hall and Bilger Addition had to be canceled or relocated Friday following an outage Thursday afternoon that initially caused eight major buildings to lose power.

Power to the other six buildings was restored Thursday evening.

The outage was caused by a combination of old electrical equipment and moisture from recent rainy weather, said Stephen Meder, interim assistant vice chancellor for physical, environment and long-range planning.

A main electrical switch in the basement of Bilger Hall suffered a blown fuse, causing a domino effect.

Meder said staff engineers and electricians are expected to work with consultants through the weekend to restore power by Monday so classes can resume. He said that will incur overtime and unexpected costs, but did not have a price estimate.

"What our team will be doing is assessing the depth of the condition and how far they need go with repairing, vetting or completely replacing this equipment," Meder said at a press conference Friday outside Bilger.

William Ditto, dean of the College of Natural Sciences, said no equipment had been damaged and added that some parts of the building have back-up generators.

The list of affected classes, mainly those in chemistry, economics, biology and math, is posted online: http://www.manoa.hawaii.edu/.

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2disgusted2 wrote:
But those cell phones are still working and God knows what they are up to. Make individuals responsible for the activities on their pub,ucly funded cell phones!
on February 7,2014 | 07:24AM
RandolphW wrote:
All for lack of a new $100.00 switch, and $5,000.00 of labor to install it.
on February 7,2014 | 11:01AM
Anonymous wrote:
What a joke!
on February 7,2014 | 01:16PM
Jerry_D wrote:
Stop paying such high wages and dumping money into a losing athletic program...then *maybe* they'll be able to pay the electric bill on time!
on February 7,2014 | 01:23PM
Anonymous wrote:
If UH is concerned about how much it will cost to restore power, then this university is SCREWED!
on February 7,2014 | 01:56PM
hikine wrote:
So where did the monies went for maintenance of UH? Something's not right! It's like monies to fix the roads were diverted for other projects and now cost more to fix.
on February 7,2014 | 03:52PM
iwanaknow wrote:
Maybe rats chewed the line somewhere? What have a plan B if plan A works?
on February 7,2014 | 04:00PM
jmarie wrote:
Why would anybody want to send their children to this University?
on February 7,2014 | 04:02PM
pauoavalley wrote:
UH should consider eliminating their top heavy administration - like their middle managers - so they will have more funds for buildings, etc. HPU did it, and they are thriving at Aloha Tower!
on February 7,2014 | 06:47PM
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