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Steam Shutdown 2020

The Virginia Tech Facilities Department is planning a campus-wide steam system shutdown that will impact the supply of steam, hot water, and compressed air to a significant part of the Blacksburg campus from May 17-22, 2020.

The shutdown, the first system-wide since 2001, is needed to perform preventative maintenance on critical systems in the university’s Central Steam Plant and on the main steam distribution system that requires a system wide shutdown to service.  

During this shutdown, all high and low pressure steam on the main campus that is supplied by the Central Steam Plant will be out of service. Additionally, any hot water that is supplied either directly by the campus hot water system that originates in the Central Steam Plant or is indirectly supported through heat exchangers utilizing steam supplied by the Central Steam Plant will be down as well. Finally, compressed air supplied by the system housed in the Central Steam Plant will be down.

In this light, departments and research teams should begin to plan for the loss of hot water and its potential impact on research and other activities. 

Air conditioning will not be impacted. Buildings may experience slightly cooler temperatures as the shutdown comes to a close and the system gears back up.

Questions regarding the steam shutdown may be directed to John Beach at 540-231-9906 or