All classes and activities at Algonquin College’s Ottawa campus in the west end will resume Monday, but heating and cooling systems won’t be running at full capacity, the college announced Sunday afternoon after a large-scale power outage Friday shuttered much of the campus for the weekend.
Some areas of the Ottawa campus continued to operate on reduced power Sunday.
The college is estimating it will take as long as seven weeks to repair the cause of the problem, which still hasn’t been pinpointed. The college initially said the outage was caused by “a fault in the conductors running from Woodroffe Avenue and College Avenue to the central plant.”
The outage, which affected the entire campus except for one building, occurred Friday afternoon. The college expects a “final diagnosis of the problem” this week, then to order materials and hire a contractor.
The college said that while it continues to rely on temporary power, and to avoid more outages, it will not be running its heating, ventilation and air conditions systems at full capacity.
“While we will be cooling all buildings, students and employees may notice that some areas may feel a bit warmer than usual,” the college said in a statement. The student residence has full power and air conditioning, which is being supplied by generators.
Students and staff are being encouraged to see the college’s social media feeds for further updates.