NIU’s Heating Plant has scheduled the annual steam outages for May and June. All campus facilities that are connected to the main steam distribution will not have heat, reheat or domestic hot water (sinks and showers) during their related shutdown.
There are a few exceptions, such as those apartments in residence halls which have electric hot water heaters and some areas which have electric reheats. New Residence Hall will have the portable boiler for the West Campus shutdown and Holmes Student Center will have it during the East Campus shutdown.
West Campus Steam Outage: May 22 – May 26
Steam will be shut down sometime Sunday night, May 21, and the steam will be restored to the West Campus on Friday morning, May 26.
East Campus Steam Outage: June 5 – June 9
Steam will be shut down sometime Sunday night, June 4, and steam will be restored to the East Campus on Friday morning, June 9.
Parts of NIU’s steam distribution infrastructure are over 50 years old. These scheduled outages are the only opportunities the Heating Plant has to perform maintenance and repairs to reduce the risk of failures during the winter heating season.
The following buildings will be affected by the scheduled steam outages:
|West Campus Steam Outage||East Campus Steam Outage|
|Barsema Alumni and Visitors Center|
Chessick Practice Center
Campus Child Care
Chick Evans Field House
Student Recreation Center
*New Residence Hall – Portable Boiler
Center for the Study of Family Violence and Sexual Assault
Human Resource Services/Printing Services
Northern View Community Center
Northern TV Center
Founders Memorial Library
Swen Parson Hall
Telephone and Security Building
Visual Arts (Jack Arends Hall)
*Holmes Student Center – Portable Boiler