The Electrical staff is responsible for installing and maintaining lighting, electrical equipment, cable systems (except telephone), clock systems, elevators, motors and special equipment. In addition, emphasis is placed on checking all electrical systems for compliance with codes. Electricians also stand by at special events, such as football games and commencement, to assure that any malfunctions in electrical equipment are quickly corrected.
The Electrical Staff installs, trouble-shoots and maintains lighting systems, ventilation fans, various types of high and low voltage switch gear, elevators, clock systems, and control circuits; just to mention some of the large quantity of electrical equipment on campus. By monitoring the installation of electrical equipment, the electrical staff also assures compliance by contractors for with the National Electric Code.
All requests for electrical services must be approved by the requesting department and submitted using the on-line "General Work Order" request form on the GUS system. If you have an emergency situation, please contact Bill Moore at extension 4770 or the Front Office at extension 4779 and follow up with submission of the "General Work Order" form.
Electrical power supplied directly from Westar Energy is distributed at 12,470 volts to the buildings on campus. Transformers located near most buildings further step down electricity to 480, 277, 208, and 120 volts.
As transformers are taken out of service because of age, malfunction, or obsolescence, they are replaced by ones with similar capacity that are owned by Westar. All transformers owned by the university have been tested by an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) approved laboratory for the concentration of PCBs (polychlorinated biphenyl's). PCBs are a family of 209 manufactured chlorinated organic chemicals widely used in electrical equipment. Because of their toxicity, PCBs are regulated by the EPA. Transformers containing concentrations of PCBs greater than 500 PPM (parts per million) are no longer allowed near public buildings. All transformers containing PCBs in concentrations greater than 500 PPM have been removed from campus and disposed of by a licensed contractor according to federal regulations.