The Facilities Division has a testing and maintenance program to ensure the reliability of the University’s emergency power systems. The systems consist of Diesel and natural-gas fueled generators, automatic transfer switches and associated electrical distribution. Monthly testing and maintenance is performed on these systems per recommendations of the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), and the local authorities having jurisdiction. NFPA 110 is used as the basis for our program, where two skilled individuals oversee and perform the required work. In the event of an electrical outage, these systems provide power to life-safety, legally-required and, where supported, standby power for research and Information Technology Services.
The following schedule is subject to change.
If you have any questions, please contact the Facilities Customer Service Center
We are currently updating our testing program so that it better aligns with the latest best practice procedures established by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA). The purpose and end result of all this testing is to ensure the highest reliability of these life-safety systems.
In addition, we are reviewing how testing is performed on the non-life safety systems that support our research community. These “Standby” power supply systems, and the users supported by it, can be affected by electrical interruptions that are an integral part of routine testing. This may result in a modified testing schedule that still maintains reliability, but reduces the actual interruptions to a quarterly schedule.
This is also the start of annual testing on campus with a state elevator inspector. Many of the elevators on campus are also supported by the emergency generators. As such, some of the buildings listed on a particular day coincide with the elevator testing schedule issued by the state. Please call if you have any questions or concerns.