Campus Electrical Switch Gear Construction

Frequently Asked Questions

What’s happening?

Scheduled to begin on June 30, 2014, the CSU campus will undergo a series of updates to the switchgear, a vital part of the electrical system that powers the campus. This will require several buildings on campus to be shut down at various points. In order to minimize the disruption caused by these shutdowns, they will be done in sections and staff from each building will be reassigned to different locations on campus.

What is the switchgear?

Switchgear is a vital part of the overall electrical system on campus. It is the combination of electrical disconnect switches, fuses or circuit breakers used to control, protect and isolate electrical equipment.

Why is the update necessary?

The switchgear is a vital component of maintaining a stable and consistent electrical supply. Campus buildings require a great deal of energy to operate, from lights to computers to heating and air conditioning to sound equipment, etc. The current switchgear system at CSU is out of date, and the update is necessary to ensure that our electrical supply is stable in the future.

What is the schedule of building shutdowns?

The schedule is to be determined.

What will be the effect on parking?

Lot A17 on the southeast side of the Residence Hall will be closed off for the duration of the update. All other parking lots will be open.

How will the update affect class schedules and locations?  

All classes will have adequate space to convene as they normally would. In most cases, the changes in location are already reflected on the class schedule. However, we encourage each student and faculty member to check this page regularly for updates.

How will this affect dining services?

Dining services will continue as scheduled without interruption.

Will I be able to contact my advisor during the shutdown periods?

Yes, as each building shuts down, arrangements have been made to have all faculty and staff advisors available to students as they normally would be. Please check this page regularly for updates on where to go if your advisor is housed in a building that is temporarily shut down.

Where will students be able to access enrollment-related services?

All student services will be available to students throughout the duration of the shutdown. We encourage each student to make appointments through the internet at  Please check this page regularly for schedules of where services can be accessed when their normal office is unavailable.

Will students be able to access library resources?

The library will not be shut down at any time and will operate on normal hours.

Will students need to leave the residence hall for any period of time?

No, Students who are scheduled to be in the residence hall this summer will remain through this process. Any power shutdowns in the residence hall will be brief.

Will any events be cancelled?

Events such as Jazz in the Grass and various summer camps will still proceed. During one part of the update, Jazz in the Grass will likely be held inside the JCC.

How Will the Construction Effect Human Resources?

  • The Office of Human Resources will be closed June 30, 2014 – July 14, 2014. No satellite office will be established.
  • HR documents and messages can be left at SUB 230.
  • Telephone messages regarding Urgent HR matters may be received at (773) 995-2327.

Will the Construction Effect Payroll?

  • Payroll for pay period July 1 - 15 will be processed early.
  • Payday will remain July 15, 2014.
  • Employees will be asked to enter “anticipated” time worked for June 21 – 30, 2014 no later than 12:00 midnight, June 19, 2014.
  • Overtime cards for June 16 – 19, 2014 will be accepted in the Office of Human Resources no later than 5:00pm (close of business) June 20, 2014.
  • Supervisors will be asked to approve all web-time entry time for pay period June 15-30, 2014, no later than midnight, June 20, 2014.
  • Supervisors will be responsible for ensuring that the “anticipated” time submitted is accurate.
  • Any adjustments needed to accurately reflect the “actual” time worked versus the “anticipated” time must be submitted to the Office of Human Resources via email at, no later than July 3, 2014.
  • Overtime performed during the period of June 20 – 30, 2014 will be paid on July 31, 2014 check. Overtime cards for the period of June 20 – 30, 2014 must be turned in no later than July 3, 2014. Cards must be delivered to SUB 230 by 5:00pm (close of business).

For additional HR information click HERE (pdf)