Annual campus steam outages begin May 15

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Annual campus steam outages begin May 15

Nebraska's City Campus Utility Plant was originally built  in 1929-30 as a coal-fired heating plant. Today, it generates steam and chilled water to provide heating and cooling to City Campus and some government buildings in downtown Lincoln.
Greg Nathan | University Communication

The University of Nebraska–Lincoln is preparing for its annual steam outages.

The centralized steam distribution system must be shut down to conduct required maintenance of equipment, including replacing and upgrading many key components of the university’s utility system.

The outage is planned for City Campus only from May 15-21. The East Campus outage is June 5-11. Both outages depend upon an average weekly high temperature of 60 degrees or more.

Outage dates are scheduled based on decreased student activity on campus. During the outages, there will be no heating and no process steam available in building systems served by campus steam.

Additional information on the outages is available here.

For questions or concerns regarding processes requiring steam, contact Nathan Lampman, utility plant maintenance supervisor, at 402-472-4012 or; or Charlie Griesen, utility project manager, at 402-472-8612 or

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