Clemson Trustees Approve Campus Electrical System Replacement

Clemson Trustees Approve Campus Electrical System Replacement

The project is estimated to cost $75 million, to be paid for with maintenance and stewardship funds and state institution bonds.

Clemson University trustees have approved the initial concept plan to replace and upgrade the main campus electrical distribution system. The project is estimated to cost $75 million, to be paid for with maintenance and stewardship funds and state institution bonds.

Brett Dalton, vice president for finance, said, “Replacing and updating the antiquated and unreliable 50- to 60-year-old electrical infrastructure is essential to meeting the basic electrical service needs of the campus while simultaneously increasing safety, efficiency and reliability.”

The University is hoping to avoid a campuswide blackout like the one that occurred last November, which was traced to failure of a 40-year-old switch in the basement of Sikes Hall, the main administration building. Greenville Online reported that most of campus was back online within a few hours, but Sikes Hall, where the president's office is located, had to run on a gasoline generator for several days.

Clemson was already in the process of a $16 million upgrade of its electrical infrastructure and was planning the bigger project when the blackout occurred, according to facilities director Bob Wells.

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