University of California, Irvine

Unplanned Campus Power Outage

Section 1

Aug. 10, 2022

Yesterday evening at approximately 7:37 p.m. an electrical distribution cable failed in an underground vault at the intersection of East Peltason and Pereira Drive. There were no injuries, and the small resulting fire was contained within the electrical vault and extinguished. Due to a trip in the distribution system’s circuit breakers, a portion of the campus lost power. The location where the failure occurred has been evaluated and made safe. Facilities Management was able to restore service to most campus buildings by 11:00 p.m.

The intersection of Pereira Drive and East Peltason Drive will remain closed this morning until approximately 10 a.m. due to necessary repairs. Please plan your route onto campus accordingly today.

Power to the following locations has been restored:

  • Multipurpose Academic & Administrative Building
  • School of Business II
  • Social Sciences Tower, Lab and Lecture Hall
  • Division of Continuing Education
  • Social and Behavioral Sciences Gateway
  • Engineering Tower
  • Rockwell Engineering Center
  • McDonnell Douglas Auditorium
  • Interim Classroom Facility
  • Engineering and Computing Trailer
  • Engineering Gateway
  • Engineering Lab Facility
  • Steinhaus Hall
  • Information and Computer Science I & II
  • Anteater Parking Structure
  • Middle Earth Housing
  • Anteater Recreation Center

Management is working with a high voltage contractor to restore service to the remaining buildings. Power is estimated to be restored to affected areas by 11 a.m.:

  • Law and Education
  • Student Health
  • Verano Housing
  • Verano Place Preschool
  • Verano Place Extended Daycare
  • Infant Toddler Center 1 & 2
  • Early Childhood Education Center
  • Children’s Center
  • Public Services

As you arrive on campus, we ask that you check your systems, lab equipment, computers, and other devices that may be in alarm, need to be restarted, or powered back on after the electrical outage. If you need any assistance with building systems, please contact the Facilities Management service desk at 949-824-5444 or through the With U For U app.

Matthew Gudorf, CEM, LEED® AP
Interim Assistant Vice Chancellor
Facilities Management
Division of Finance and Administration | With U • For U

Allen Shiroma, LEED® AP
Associate Vice Chancellor
Environmental and Facilities Services
Division of Finance and Administration | With U • For U