VP&S Bldg.: Temporary Electrical Disruption, May 8, 7 a.m.-2 p.m.

April 27, 2021

Due to repairs, we will be conducting a temporary electrical shutdown that will affect normal power in the Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons Building from 7 a.m. until approximately 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 8. Emergency power outlets will not be affected and will continue to operate normally during the shutdown.

The following services will be unavailable throughout the building during the temporary shutdown:

  • Normal power outlets
  • Lighting

In preparation for the upcoming shutdown, please take the following precautionary steps:

  • Save all files and important documents.
  • Completely turn off all computers, laptops, and other non-essential devices and equipment.
  • Make sure critical equipment is either turned off or plugged into outlets that are backed up by emergency power. If you are not sure which outlets are on emergency or normal power, contact CUIMC Facilities Management at 212-305-HELP (4357), option 3.
  • Keep all freezers and refrigerator doors closed and limit access. Typically, this equipment will maintain temperature for approximately four (4) hours. Do not place dry ice or cryogenic materials in cold rooms, as they can create a hazardous, oxygen-deficient atmosphere. If necessary, please relocate critical materials to unaffected freezers for the duration of the shutdown.

Representatives from CUIMC Facilities Management will be available during the shutdown in case any issues arise. For any issues, contact CUIMC Facilities Management at 212-305-HELP (4357), option 3, and a mechanic will be dispatched to address the issue.

For any questions or concerns about this upcoming work, please contact Dejan Bratun, associate director for Capital Project Management, at db2872@cumc.columbia.edu.